I receive a bunch of spirits and mixology press releases almost every day and, I’ll admit, trash most after a quick scan. This morning’s missive from Leblon Cachaça, however, caught my attention because:
a) I am a big fan of cachaça in general and Leblon Cachaça in particular; and
b) This looks like a great seasonal cocktail, and is one I suspect I’ll be testing out before the week is through!
Brazil is obviously the world’s biggest market for cachaça, but few bartenders know that it is also the world’s 2nd biggest market for sake and the biggest market for Campari. Award-winning bartender Mark Stoddard, of Bitter Bar in Boulder, took this useless piece of trivia from our recent Leblon masterclass in Colorado, and used it as the inspiration for this delicious bittersweet cocktail. Like all bartenders, we love the Negroni, but as a first drink of an evening, we’d take the Camparinha’s aromatic and refreshing charms over the faithful Negroni any day. It’s a quick and simple cocktail that is a great way to introduce guests to Leblon Cachaça.
1 oz Leblon Cachaça
1 oz Campari
1/2 oz gomme syrup
3 lime wedges
1 grapefruit wedge
Muddle the lime, grapefruit with gomme syrup in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add Leblon Cachaça and Campari. Shale vigorously, and pour all into a rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge