Cachaça, a Brazilian rum-esque spirit distilled from sugarcane, is primarily known as the base spirit for one drink: the strong, limey caipirinha. Don’t get us wrong—we love a caipirinha or three, but keeping cachaça penned into one role is like limiting Bryan Cranston to playing only meth-dealing dads for the rest of his life.
Luckily, the World Cup offers cachaça an opportunity to break out of its typecasting. Since the international soccer competition is taking place in Brazil this year, bars across the country are celebrating with their own innovative cachaça cocktail creations. Here, five brilliant cachaça cocktails that go way beyond caipirinhas.
Santa Catarina Shandy; Extra Fancy, Brooklyn
Bartender Robert Krueger took inspiration from German beer cocktails called Biermischgetränkes for this spritzy drink (left). It is named for a Brazilian state where there is a large German population.