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“The Essential is a great balance between citrusy and creamy, with a beautiful aroma of flowers and sugarcane,” says Elad Zvi. “In a perfect world, I would like to drink it on some crazy night in Rio de Janeiro.” The cocktail is best made with a milder young Brazilian cachaça, one that’s aged for no more than six months.

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  1. 2 ounces cachaça
  2. 1 ounce Hibiscus Cordial
  3. 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  4. 1 large egg white
  5. Ice
  6. 1 fresh hibiscus flower, for garnish (optional)
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the cachaça, Hibiscus Cordial, lime juice and egg white and shake vigorously. Fill the shaker with ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled rocks glass (with ice or without) and garnish the drink with the hibiscus flower.
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