Corrida de Cavalos

Corrida de Cavalos

2 oz Novo Fogo silver cachaça
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz mint vinegar
1/2 oz rich simple syrup (2:1)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz soda
mint sprig garnish, for garnish

Shake cachaça, lime, vinegar, syrup, and bitters with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with soda, garnish with fresh mint.

To make the mint vinegar:

1 cup champagne vinegar
leaves from 5-6 mint sprigs

Bring vinegar to a boil, pour over leaves, and allow to infuse overnight or for a couple days. Strain and bottle.

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Crystal Caipirinha

crystal_caipirinha

2 oz cachaça (Novo Fogo Silver)
1 oz clarified lime juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
lime peel, for garnish

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime twist. It’s important to cut the lime twist over the drink; this isn’t just a visual garnish, it’s there to incorporate the citrus oils that would get released during muddling in a traditional Caipirinha.

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Caip-beer-inha

caipbeerinha

2 oz cachaça
1/2 lime, cut into quarters
1 tablespoon sugar
1 oz IPA

Muddle the sugar and lime, add the cachaça, and shake with ice. Pour everything into a rocks glass, top with the IPA, and give a gentle stir before serving. The IPA should add just a touch of bitterness; using too much will make the drink unbalanced.

The idea for adding IPA to a Caipirinha comes from Ezra Johnson-Greenough, who also adds herbs. The version above is from the Metrovino menu, where we made it Novo Fogo Silver cachaça and Ninkasi IPA.

[Thanks to Brenda from Food Shed for the excellent photo.]

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