Happy Hour: Valentine's Day with Cabana Cachaça
Since we're all busy tonight at the Gay.com Valentine's Day party in LA, we decided to celebrate the holiday over the weekend. So how did a bunch of single guys handle the (arguably) most romantic holiday? By inviting over some hot hunks and mixing up a couple cocktails.
One of the guests was a bartender at Flemings Steakhouse and he introduced us to The Caipirinha Cooler, which is made with Cabana Cachaça Brazilian rum and seasonal fruits (just like us). The drink offered a burst of bright, juicy flavor with a warm rush from the smooth rum.
Thrilled by the taste, we looked up a couple more Cabana Cachaça cocktails and placed them here for your enjoyment. So whether you're planning a romantic night with your man, hanging with your best buds, or needing something new to drink while gazing at pictures of this hot Brazilian dude, these are our three beverage picks for Valentine's Day.
•1/4 cup of mixed blueberries and raspberries
•1 lime, quartered
•1 oz. simple syrup
•2 oz. Cabana Cachaça
In a shaker, mash the lime and berries. Pour in the simple syrup, then add ice and Cabana Cachaça. Shake and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime.
St. Germain listed in this recipe is a sweet liqueur crafted in the artisanal French style from elderberry flowers. Its flavor profile contains elements of peach, orange, grapefruit, and pear, and when mixed with Cabana Cachaça in this cocktail it's got a slightly more sturdy flavor. This is the choice for guys who don't want something too sweet.
•1.5 oz Cabana Cachaça
•0.5 oz St. Germain
•2.0 oz Grapefruit Juice
Shake all ingredients except the club soda with ice. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top with a splash of soda. This can also be strained into a martini glass without the club soda.
Passion Fruit is one of the most popular fruit ingredients in classic Brazilian cocktails. But be warned: This is a dangerous beverage because it goes down like a sweet smoothie. Of course, if you like it when things go down smoothly then maybe this is the pick for you.
•2.0 oz Cabana Cachaça
•½ oz Passion Fruit Puree
•½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
•1 oz Simple Syrup
Combine all ingredients, plus ice, into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.