How To Make A Cachaça Cocktail That Isn't A Caipirinha

Photo: Claire Lower

This week, while rearranging my bar cart, I rediscovered a bottle of cachaça, which I had only ever used to make the iconic caipirinha. It’s a great drink, but I hate monotony, even in my cocktails, which led to me searching the internet for other, non-caipirinha uses for the Brazilian sugar cane spirit.

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I ended up finding the Pearl Button, a four-ingredient cocktail from Naren Young that showcases cachaça with Lillet Blanc, lemon and soda water. Though I’m sure it’s a very good spritz, I cut the soda water (to keep it under our ingredient threshold), then upped the Lillet to make a more spirit-forward sipper to be enjoyed straight up.

It’s boozy, sweet and citrusy, and a great way to drink cachaça, should you ever tire of caipirinhas. To make it, you will need:

  • 45ml cachaça
  • 45ml Lillet Blanc
  • 15ml fresh lemon juice

Combine everything in a shaker filled with ice and shake until it’s extremely cold. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a strip of lemon zest, expressing the oils from the zest before setting it in the glass. Repeat if needed, or switch between this and caipirinhas throughout the evening.


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