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Brazilian Crush



A cocktail drink made with cachaça, orange, lime juice and grenadine, Brazilian Crush is tangy and sweet at the same time, and very potent. It is as tropical as it is summery and the addition of fresh mint leaves makes the drink bright and refreshing.

Brazilian Crush |

But what is cachaça?

Alcoholic drinks are often named after the place where it was originally or which made it famous. Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are named after the French regions that produce them. Tequila, made from blue agave, is named after the city of Tequila in Mexico. Cachaça does not derive its name from any place in Brazil. And yet, it has been described as “the essence of Brazil in a bottle.”

Cachaça: the Brazilian spirit that is not quite rum

Cachaça is an indigenous Brazilian spirit made from fermented sugar cane. There’s unaged (white) and aged (gold) varieties, the unaged being cheaper than the aged (isn’t that often the case?). Cachaça has a very high alcohol content (can you read “40%” on the label in the photo?) but, unlike rum (which is made from molasses), cachaça has no bitter taste at all.

The best way I can describe it is sneaky, like limoncello, because it’s sweet and you think you’re just drinking something mild when, in fact, you’re consuming quite a lot of alcohol. And when mixed with fruits and fruit juices, a cocktail drink with cachaça almost tastes like a non-alcoholic drink.

Cachaça is most well known as an ingredient of caipirinha. But much as we love caipirinha, this cocktail drink called Brazilian Crush is just as wonderful.

Brazilian Crush

Brazilian Crush

Brazilian Crush

Based on a recipe from Cocktail Times
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: CASA Veneracion


  • 2 ounces cachaça
  • 1 whole orange sliced
  • 1 splash lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1 sprig mint leaves to garnish
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  • Place the orange slices, lime juice and grenadine in a shaker and muddle to press the juice from the orange slices (see how to muddle your cocktail drink, illustrated).
  • Add the cachaça, shake and pour into a glass through a strainer.
  • Add ice and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  • Serve your Brazilian Crush at once.
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