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Cachaça Cocktails


I'm just back from a week gallivanting (occasionally by helicopter) through the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, so while I get my notes together, here are a couple of mighty tasty cachaça cocktails created by my colleague Nick Fauchald. Both are ideal for that moment when the usual caiparinha just seems too darn familiar, or when you're feeling wildly inspired after reading my May story on Brazil and cachaça...

Makes 1 drink
8 red, seedless grapes
One-quarter lime
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 ounces cachaça
Small bunch of grapes, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the grapes and lime with the sugar. Fill the shaker with ice and add the cachaca. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a small bunch of grapes.

Agua de Marzo

Makes 1 drink
2 ounces cachaça
3/4 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
Grapefruit twist, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cachaça, St-Germain, lime juice and grapefruit juice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.


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Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

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