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Cachaça, Brazil’s national spirit and a close cousin to rum, is generally known for its grassy and sometimes funky flavors. Several cachaça producers, however, have begun experimenting with aging their spirits in various woods, imparting additional flavor notes.
Leblon’s Reserva Especial, the premier offering from the brand, is aged for up to two years in new Limousin French oak barrels, known for their vanilla flavor, before being blended and bottled. The resulting cachaça is dark and sweet, with bold, caramel notes and a chocolate finish. It could replace bourbon in any cocktail and is shown off particularly well in this Brazilian-inflected Manhattan twist.
- 1 1/2 ounces Leblon Reserva Especial cachaça
- 1 ounce Cedilla açaí liqueur
- 1/2 ounce agave nectar
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Garnish: orange twist
Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
Strain into a coupe glass.
Garnish with an orange twist.