By Caitlin Gunther
When the 2016 Olympic Games kick off in Rio tonight, will you be ready? That is, will you have the appropriate Brazil-inspired cocktail in hand? To help you get ready for the festivities, we tapped ICE Director of Beverage Studies and mixology master Anthony Caporale to concoct a pair of cocktails inspired by the host country. With the recipes below, composed largely of Brazilian liquors and indigenous ingredients, you’ll be on your way to gold.
This old-school version of Brazil’s most iconic cocktail, the caipirinha, harkens back to a time when honey was the preferred sweetener.
- ½ oz. honey syrup (mix equal parts honey and hot water, cool to room temp before use)
- ½ lime, cut into four wedges
- 1 ½ oz. Leblon Cachaça
- 1 extra lime wedge and sugar cane stalk for garnish
- Ice cubes
- In a rocks glass, muddle honey syrup with lime wedges.
- Fill glass with ice and add Leblon Cachaça.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and sugar cane stalk.
An old favorite with some South American spice added.
- 1 ½ oz. OLO Brazilian spiced rum
- ½ oz. blackberry brandy
- ½ oz. banana liqueur
- 1 oz. orange juice
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- ¼ oz. Grenadine
- Pineapple slice for garnish
- Ice cubes
- In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, add rum, brandy, banana liqueur, orange juice and pineapple juice.
- Shake tin until the outside is frosted.
- Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice.
- Drizzle Grenadine over top and garnish with pineapple slice.
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