A World Cup Drink for Every Taste

We took a look at a few of the many ways you can use the Brazilian sugarcane liquor — in the spirit of international relations, of course

As we’ve discovered over many a cachaça-based drink, the sugar cane liquor is incredibly versatile.

Cachaça (ka-sha-suh) isn’t a spirit often used in cocktails — at least not in the Northern Hemisphere. Now is the time to start mixing it with, well, everything because the World Cup just kicked off in the spirit’s home country, Brazil. As we’ve discovered over many a cachaça-based drink, the sugar cane liquor is incredibly versatile.

While you’re watching your favorite team play — or even if the World Cup is about as interesting to you as a backhand to the face — mix up one of these creative drinks to get to know your cachaça.

Weigh in below: What’s your favorite way to use cachaça?

Try it in a traditional Caipirinha.

There’s a reason this simple cachaça, lime and sugar concoction is Brazil’s national cocktail. The sweet-and-sour mixture is perfect for sipping in hot, balmy weather and there’s no better way to celebrate summer and this year’s World Cup than by enjoying the traditional recipe.

Mix it with banana liqueur.

The fruity Iz Bananaz cocktail is a little eccentric, but it shows that cachaça can be paired with more than just limes. This drink is made with a base of Avuá Cachaça Amburana, which is aged in amburana wood casks for at least two years, Amaro Montenegro, Giffard Banane du Brésil Liqueur, lemon juice and aromatic bitters. It might sound a little bananas, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Try it with hot peppers.

Like it spicy? Cachaça and chiles are happy bedfellows. Throw in some lime, salt and agave nectar to get Hot in Rio. Apologies in advance if it doesn’t actually transport you to the Brazilian metropolis.

Find more enticing cachaça cocktails at Liquor.com now!

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