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Brazilian Cachaça Cocktails for the World Cup

on 10/06/14 at 2:27 pm

Booze News

imagesWhat better way to get in the World Cup spirit than with a Brazilian-style cachaça cocktail, asks Leah Hyslop.

The World Cup is upon us, and Brazilian-themed beverages are suddenly as sought-after by grown-ups as Wayne Rooney replica shirts are in the school playground. If you weren’t lucky enough to score tickets for Rio, why not create a little of that carnival atmosphere at home with some Brazilian-themed cocktails?

Unsurprisingly for a country where summer temperatures can reach 104F (40C), Brazilian cocktails are big on refreshment. Heavy use is made of the many tropical fruits that grow there, from passion fruit to pineapple, as well as sweet, thirst-quenching coconut water.

But the heart of the country’s drink scene is undoubtedly cachaça, a spirit that has been made there since the 16th century, and is to the Brazilians what whisky is to the Scots. Like rum, it is a product of sugar cane, but usually from fermented sugar cane juice, rather than dark and sticky molasses.

“Cachaça is by volume the third-most consumed spirit in the world,” says David Ponté, the co-owner of the Brazilian restaurant group Cabana.