Summer may be winding down, but no matter the weather, the bright and fresh Caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail), offers sippable sunshine. We invite you to celebrate Brazil’s National Cachaça Day on September 13 with three simple options for enjoying the Caipirinha, courtesy of USDA certified organic, award-winning cachaça producer, Novo Fogo ~ Sparkling Caipirinha Cans, Novo Fogo Original Caipirinha, and Caipirinha Cocktail Kit.
Sparkling Caipirinha Cans ($3.99):
Novo Fogo offers a taste of the caipirinha as you have never had it before: carbonated and in a ready-to-drink, easily portable can. Cans are available for purchase from select nationwide retailers.
Novo Fogo Original Caipirinha:
This three-ingredient cocktail is a breeze for home bartenders of any level.
- 2 oz Novo Fogo Fogo Silver or Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Cachaça
- 1.25 tbsp sugar
- ½ a lime
Method: Remove the with 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.
How to customize a Caipirinha with seasonal fruit
The Caipirinha’s simple combination of cachaça, lime, and sugar opens a myriad of opportunities for other seasonal fruits to join the party. In Brazil, Caipirinhas with muddled fruit are called Caipifrutas and some of the most popular include passionfruit (maracujá), strawberry ( morango), and pineapple (abacaxi).
Inspired by the Caipifruta, we sought to create a similar formula for a variety of easily executed, delicious, and seasonal Caipirinhas. We discovered that a fruit liqueur paired with a few fresh berries added a new dimension to the classic Caipirinha without making it excessively complicated to understand or labor-intensive to produce. Good quality fruit liqueurs pack a lot of flavor in a small dose and are often the best means to add flavors from fruits like pears, peaches, and even bananas, since muddling these in a drink would create a pulpy mess. Berries are a generally more muddleable type of fruit because their high juice content adds loads of color and flavor. Berries have a good juice-to-pulp ratio for Caipirinhas.
Caipirinha Cocktail Kit ($36.99):
Novo Fogo’s kit for crafting capirinhas features a 750ml of Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça, a wooden cocktail muddler, and two drinking jars/shakers. The kit is available for purchase online and from selection nationwide retailers.
ABOUT NOVO FOGO: Credited as the most passionate steward of barrel-aged cachaça in the USA, Novo Fogo produces USDA-certified organic cachaças at their zero-waste distillery in the small town of Morretes, located in the heart of the largest protected patch of Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest, where the coastal mountains meet the sea. Novo Fogo distills fresh sugarcane juice into cachaça, Brazil’s national spirit, using methods that prioritize environmental and human sustainability in its production. The Novo Fogo cachaças reflect this coastal rainforest terroir with flavors of banana, lime blossom, coffee, and sea salt. Extending this ethos of sustainability to its cocktail audience, Novo Fogo has been a trailblazer for sponsoring health and wellness initiatives for spirits industry members and insists that a balanced cachaça cocktail is a delightful accompaniment to an equally-balanced lifestyle. Find Your Own Brazilian Zen by visiting www.novofogo.com.