Twenty Eight: Downtown Rio

July 20, 2009

One last blast on the cachaca front – it turns out that I’ve only got two weeks to put together a recipe for the 2010 Cocktail World Cup, so the next batch of drinks are going to be more focused on a certain Antipodean vodka.

Anyhow, aged cachaca worked pretty well in a twist on the traditional Old-Fashioned. How does it fare in a modified Manhattan?

Good, as it happens. Abelha Gold is aged for three years but it won’t stand up to a particularly robust style of sweet vermouth, so it’s probably worth leaving the Punt E Mes and the Dubonnet in the fridge.

Downtown Rio
50ml Abelha Gold cachaca
20ml Martini Rosso
1 barspoon maraschino liqueur
2 dashes Angostura Orange bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice and fine-strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange zest twist.

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One Response to “Twenty Eight: Downtown Rio”

  1. anthony Says:

    Hey Jon, how you doing.
    I really like this drink, you are right about the punt. A few of bartending friends down here like mixing Abelha Gold with stuff like Cynar too, as well as Noilly Ambre.

    Anyway, remember ages ago I said some of my cachaca ninjas would be coming up north, that is finally happening – you around Weds/Thurs at your bar?


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