Until recently, Brazil’s national spirit, cachaça, was known primarily for one thing—the margarita-like caipirinha, with just ice, sugar, and lime. The problem with such a simple drink is that, frankly, plenty of cachaças, are terrible—unbelievably harsh or sickly sweet—and with little to cover them up, you can really tell.
But in recent years, we’ve started to see artisanal cachaça take off in America — it’s the newest obsession of bartenders across the country. Avuá Cachaça not only creates an excellent silver cachaça—they’re also experimenting with aging. Whereas most spirits age only in oak, Brazil has dozens of native trees that are used to make barrels.
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Amburana is just one. As Avuá’s cachaça is aged in a barrel of Amburana wood, it takes on warm flavors of cinnamon and vanilla, while maintaining a grassy element and a dry finish. It’s one-of-a-kind, and a ton of fun to mix with. Here are three of our favorite Amburana cocktails.