Cachaça - you probably have no idea what it is, but in case you're wondering, it's a clear fruity fermented spirit that's made from sugarcane, and comes from the one and only Brazil. No two cachaças are the same, and today we're going to be talking about Abelha Organic Cachaça for National Cachaça Day, which is today, September 13th. 

Details and Drinks

Liz Abere

Abelha Organic Cachaça comes in two different ranges. There's Abelha Prata and Abelha Ouro. Abelha Prata is Abehla's silver expression, and "is a full-flavored artisanal cachaça, with an intense, fruity, aromatic nose, fresh sugar cane and stone fruits on the palate, and a smooth dry finish. To create the distinctive character of Abelha Prata, the cachaça is rested for 6 months in open steel tanks, allowing the by-products to evaporate and oxidize, which gives the cachaça its signature bouquet. No sugar is added, and there are no impurities or toxins in the cachaça, resulting in fresh aromas when you open a bottle and pure flavors when you take a sip," according to a press email. On the other hand, Abelha Ouro "is a complex yet approachable aged cachaça. The honeyed nose is brightened with notes of tropical fruit, and the palate is rich with stone fruit, balsamic and spice notes. This remarkable flavor profile is achieved by aging the cachaça for three years in 65-gallon Garapeira casks; a native Brazilian ash, Garapeira is highly valued by cachaça producers because it enhances the natural flavor of the spirit with a multifaceted layer of sweetness and spice," according to a press email. 

Drinks include:

Epistrophy's Cachaça Colada: Created by Epistrophy Bar, Mott Street, NYC

Ingredients include:

1.5 oz. Abelha Cachaca Silver

1 oz. lime

.5 agave syrup

1 cube of frozen Piña mix

Dehydrated lime wheel and pineapple leaf, for garnish

Method: Add Abelha Cachaça Silver to a blender; Add lime and agave syrup. Add 1 cube of Frozen Piña mix (1 part Coconut cream, 3 parts pineapple juice – frozen in ice cubes). Blend all together and pour into a hi-ball. Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel and a leaf of a pineapple. Serve!

ABACAXI DE OURO: Created by The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley

Ingredients include:

1 1/2 oz. Abelha Organic Cachaça Ouro

1 oz. The Perfect Purée Caramelized Pineapple Concentrate, thawed

3/4 oz. spice syrup (ginger, cloves, lemon peels)

1 oz. fresh lime juice

3 dashes cardamom bitters

Black smoke salt rim

Method: In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice, shake and serve on the rocks with a black smoke salt rim. Garnish with pineapple leaves, star anise, and black smoke salt.

Pink Me Up: Created by Zuza Fiedka, Milk & Roses, Greenpoint

Ingredients include:

2 oz. Abelha Organic Cachaça Silver 2oz

1 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice

1 oz. Campari

.5 oz of fresh squeezed lime juice

Small drop of simple syrup

Method: Garnish with grapefruit peel and oil rim, fresh mint bunch on the rocks 
Method: Add all ingredients and ice to a shaker, shake thoroughly, strain into tumbler glass over cubed ice. Garnish with a grapefruit peel and enjoy!

Now that you know how to celebrate National Cachaça Day.... it's time to go out and celebrate. Try your best to not get too wasted, though, since you have sh!t to get done tomorrow, and the day after that, and repeat after me - the days following.