A distilled spirit made from sugar cane, cachaça is a popular drink in Brazil, where it’s drunk straight as well as mixed into a variety of cocktails—the most well-known being the classic Caipirinha. Unaged, its taste is somewhere between rum and tequila; aged, it takes on a complex flavor than can vary from woodsy to vanilla-like to floral. Avuà Amburana—a cachaça aged in barrels made from amburana wood—adds a warm depth to this fruity drink from Manhattan bar Milk & Honey. You can also use unaged cachaça or light rum, if you prefer.
- 2 oz. aged cachaça, such as Avuà Amburana
- 3⁄4 oz. lime juice, plus 1 slice for garnish
- 3⁄4 oz. simple syrup
- 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- 1 strawberry
- Muddle cachaça, lime juice, simple syrup, bitters, and strawberry in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously; strain into a coupe glass and garnish with lime slice.