Dia Nacional da Cachaça (National Cachaca Day) is Septemper 13th in Brazil
Celebrating any drink holiday this year looks different from all other years, so while we’re all mixing our own drinks at home, consider exploring a new spirit this month.
September 13th is recognized as Dia Nacional da Cachaça (National Cachaça Day) in Brazil and it commemorates an important chapter in the sugarcane spirit’s fabled history – but it’s also a great reason to explore the country’s national spirit and enjoy it in some delicious cocktails.
Cachaça is considered the first distilled cane spirit in the Americas, pre-dating rum by nearly a hundred years. Over the course of 500+ years, it has become a beloved beverage among the Brazilians and represents centuries of the country’s heritage. Today, cachaça is the fifth most consumed spirit on earth, and the diversity within the cachaça category is truly astounding.
Novo Fogo Cachaça is a USDA-certified 100% organic cachaça produced at their zero-waste distillery in the small town of Morretes, located in the heart of the largest protected patch of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.
Here are three different cocktails for you to make at home and savor:
The purest form of Novo Fogo Cachaça, this unaged cachaça has a nose and flavor profile of tropical fruits and floral notes, reflective of the rainforest air that surrounds the sugarcane grown in fields surrounding the Brazilian-based distillery.
2 oz Novo Fogo Fogo Silver
1.25 tbsp sugar
½ a lime
Remove the width pith from the lime and discard it. Cut the remaining lime in slices; toss them into the glass. Muddle them with sugar in the glass. Fill the glass with ice. Add cachaça and pour everything into a shaker. Shake and pour everything (including the ice) back into the same glass.
The “Chameleon” expression marries the savory identity of Novo Fogo Silver cachaça with the vanilla notes of the re-purposed American Oak, in which the liquid spends 1 year for aging. The result is a hazelnut nose, continued with sweet and spicy herbs on the palate, finished with lively citrus. A versatile choice to use in tiki drinks to stirred aperitifs.
1.5 oz Novo Fogo Chameleon
4 oz ginger beer
A squeeze of fresh lime
2 dashes of aromatic bitters
Build drink over ice in a copper mug and stir to combine.
Novo Fogo’s Barrel-Aged Cachaça is aged for two years in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels that have been taken apart, sanded, and re-toasted. The heat and humidity of Novo Fogo’s carbon-negative distillery, located in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, changes the spirit to develop the flavors of banana bread with notes of chocolate, cinnamon bark, coffee and black pepper. This special expression was recently awarded 90 points and a Gold Medal by the Beverage Testing Institute.
Rabo de Galo (Brazil’s #2 most popular cocktail)
1.5 oz Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Cachaça
0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
0.75 oz Cynar
2 dashes Scrappy’s Orange Bitters
Stir everything with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and spritz oil from an orange peel over glass. You may discard the orange peel or use it as a garnish.
If you would prefer a cocktail already pre-mixed and available in a can, Novo Fogo has Brazil’s classic cocktail available for you to crack open and enjoy chilled or over ice with their Canned Sparkling Caipirinhas.
Available in three flavors – Original Lime, Passion Fruit-Lime and Mango-Lime – the trio of these canned cocktails offers a variety of ways to enjoy a carbonated twist on Brazil’s national cocktail. These cans feature fewer sugar, calories and carbohydrates, and lower alcohol by volume, combining freshness, deliciousness, and shelf stability by virtue of their 100% natural ingredients that harmonize as balanced, carbonated drinks.