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The 8 Best Cachaça Cocktails

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It doesn’t take much for cachaça to taste delicious. The Brazilian spirit made from fresh sugar cane tastes amazing simply dumped into a lowball glass with a bit of ice. Even the country’s national cocktail—the Caipirinha—barely alters the spirit, letting the natural grassy, funky, fruity flavor stand on its own. But the spirit is easily adaptable to make a range of refreshing cocktails. Here, the best ways to use cachaça from traditional to innovative.

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The best representation of cachaça is also the simplest. Cachaça, muddled lime and sugar, poured over ice—that's it. Muddling the citrus with sugar creates a launch pad for the cachaça’s natural sweet and tart flavors and opens the door for tropical fruit and vegetal notes to shine through.

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Cachaça
Lime
sugar
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Brazilians often shake their national liquor into a drink called Batida, a Sour sometimes spiked with coconut or passion fruit. In this take from Departure Elevated in Denver, infused cachaça brings strong banana notes and a hint of vanilla to the tropical beverage, and a dusting of grated nutmeg emphasizes the baking spices in the sugar cane spirit. Even if you’re stuck in the Midwest, the purple-tinged cocktail will whisk you away to South America.

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cachaça
coconut milk
lime juice
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The aloe liqueur and coconut water in this warm weather all-star bring out cachaça’s refreshing savory side, but it's the melon-flavored popsicle that cements the drink as a summer necessity. The pop infuses the cocktail with sweet green fruit and melts to create an impossibly silky texture.

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cachaça
aloe liqueur
coconut water
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We love a well ripened banana with more brown spots than visible yellow, but this is a different sort of perfection. Oak-aged cachaça provides woody notes to a duo of banana mixers—banana liqueur and banana-lime puree—while chocolate bitters dry out the sweetness and keep the fruit in check. The color may resemble a perfectly ripe banana, but the taste is far more complex than the simple fruit.

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Cachaça
banana liqueur
banana-lime puree
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Any watermelon drink would tickle our fancy, but this cachaça-spiked version stands out among fruity blender drinks. Cachaça electrifies the watermelon juice, which lets the melon’s flavor pop from the icy cold slush, while lime juice and vanilla syrup emphasize the citrusy notes and sweetness. Don’t be surprised if you crush a blenderful by yourself.

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Cachaça
watermelon juice
Vanilla syrup
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One sip of this bright blue blast from the past, and you’ll want to shout like the Kool-Aid Man. Refreshing cachaça makes the perfect partner for the childhood classic Kool-Aid, while cucumber bitters and lime juice balance the intense sweetness of the berry-flavored soft drink.

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Berry Blue Kool-Aid Burst
Cachaça
lime juice
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As is evident from this list, lots of cachaça cocktails include tropical flavors like coconut and banana. This royally delicious variation encompasses a couple of ingredients you don’t typically find in Caipirinhas, like ginger liqueur and muddled lychee nuts. The sweet, spicy, funky flavors range broadly across the palate, all anchored by grassy cachaça and fresh tarragon.

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Cachaça
Ginger Liqueur
Half a Fresh Lime
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You never know if a shishito pepper will be hot or mild before you bite into it, but we can guarantee you’ll love this cocktail, which integrates the spice and vegetal notes of the raw pepper with the classic Caipirinha fixings of sugar and lime juice. Bright green and bursting with flavor, this is one spiced cocktail you’ll be excited to down quickly, no matter your spice tolerance.

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Cachaça
shishito peppers
Limes

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