The Blind Melon

For our "Best of the Barrel" 3st of the Month, we're bringing in a TON of amazing bourbon and whiskey. But that's not the only stuff that gets barrel aged. 

So, we're also bringing in a few surprises - like this amazing cachaça from Novo Fogo. Similar to rum, cachaça (pronounced like this) is made from sugarcane. But unlike rum, which is usually made from molasses, cachaça is made from sugar cane juice. 

The Novo Fogo Tanger Cachaça takes the base spirit and ages it twice - first with repurposed bourbon barrels and then with Brazilian zebrawood. The finished product is complex and delicious - and perfect for sipping alone or mixed into cocktails like this one. 

When working with cachaça, we like to keep the flavors fresh and fruity to play off of the sugarcane flavor.

equipment:

cocktail shaker
cocktail strainer
tall glass

ingredients:

Novo Fogo Tanger
.5 oz fresh lime juice
3 oz fresh watermelon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
wedge of watermelon for garnish

method:

 

 

 

 

Combine all the ingredients (except the garnish of course) in your cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake with ice and transfer entire contents to the glass. Top with more ice if needed, garnish and serve. 

Caipirinha

This is a cocktail of differences. 

Easy to compare to a mojito, it's not. And with the base spirit of cachaça (pronounced ka-shaw-sa) that's sometimes mistaken for rum, there's even further distinction that needs to be made.

Let's start with cachaça. Like rum, cachaça is a sugarcane spirit. But where rum is typically distilled from the molasses leftover from sugar production, cachaça is actually made directly from sugarcane juice. It's fermented and distilled into a clear, deliciously-boozy spirit. Once made, it can be aged in barrels like rum to enhance the depth and flavor. 

In fact, one of our favorite cachaças, Novo Fogo, comes in various forms, aged in barrels for 1 or 2 years and even a variety aged in zebra wood. For this one, we're using the Novo Fogo Chameleon, which is aged for one year in repurposed American oak barrels.

As for this cocktail, the caipirinha, is the national drink of Brazil (where most cachaça comes from) and is not a mojito. First of all, there is no mint. Secondly, you usually do not add seltzer (unless you're trying to water it down a bit...which is not a bad idea).

So, let's make one!

equipment:

cocktail shaker
rocks glass
muddler

ingredients:

2 oz Novo Fogo Chameleon Cachaça
1/2 of a big, juicy lime (or one little lime)
2 tsp demerara sugar

method:

Cut the lime into cubes and add it, with the sugar, to the bottom of your shaker tin. Muddle to release the juices. Add the cachaça to the glass, cover and shake a bit to help dissolve the sugar. Add the amount of ice you would need to fill your glass to your shaker tin, cover and shake vigorously. Transfer entire contents into your glass.