Celebrating International Cachaça Day with the Royalton Caipirinha
Today is International Cachaça Day. Who knows where these things come from, but I’ll take any excuse to make a cocktail! (Actually we do know – International Cachaça Day was started by Sociedade Brasileira da Cachaça, a Brazilian government organization. It was created to commemorate June 12th, 1744: the day when Portugal, then the colonial authority in Brazil, outlawed the production and selling of cachaça. Duh.)
Cachaça is a distillation of sugarcane juice, which makes it something of a cousin to rum. Most cachaça is produced in Brazil (where it is incredibly popular). The most common use you’ll find of cachaça is the Caipirinha. The caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil, and is to cachaça what the mojito is to rum (in that both contain the spirit, sugar, and lime, and both are very over-produced.)
So while I’m not a fan of over-produced drinks, I do like creative variations. The folks at Cabana cachaça suggested the Royalton Caipirinha, a cocktail developed at Bar 44 at the Royalton Hotel here in New York City.
Here’s what you’re going to need:
1 whole strawberry
1/2 a lime quartered
.5oz St. Germain
.5oz Simple Syrup
In the bottom of your mixer, muddle the lime and the strawberry then add the rest of the ingredients along with ice. Shake well, and pour the entire contents of your mixer (including the lime and shaken ice) into a rocks glass.
You’ll notice that last step is a little different (not using fresh ice), but it is the common style in cocktails like the mojito and caipirinha to include the shaken ice as well as the full muddled fruit in the glass.
So there you have it – a Royalton Caipirinha, suitable for all celebrations of International Cachaça Day.