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.
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 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.
- 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.