Novo Fogo Cachaca: in da house

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Just in time for Caipirhina weather Novo Fogo Cachaca has made it as a regular listing at OLCC store. Cachaca is similar to rum, but instead of using molasses to distill their spirits, Cachacha is distilled from fresh first-press sugar cane. Novo Fogo grows all of their sugar cane in the lush rainforest alongside banana trees, indigenous wildlife, and tropical flowers. The vegetal funkiness 

Novo Fogo Silver is rested for one year to smooth out and intensify the rich tropical flavors. 

Novo Fogo Gold is rested for two years in toasted American oak barrels which imbues flavors or caramel and vanilla. 

Novo Fogo is commited to sustainability, using recycled hand-blown glass to create their distinctive bottles, potato jute bag grip, USDA certification, and zero waste distillery practices that include using the discarded sugar cane waste as fuel, cleansing agents, and fertilizer. 

The world's most popular cocktail (because Brazil drinks so many) is the Caipirinha. Come summer time, this may be your new favorite as well. 

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Caipirinha

2 oz Novo Fogo Organic Silver (or Barrel-Aged) Cachaca

1/2 lime

1.25 tbsp sugar

Remove the white pith from the lime and discard it. Cut the remaining lime in slices; toss them into the glass. Muddle them with sugar in the glass. Fill the glass with ice. Add cachaça and pour everything into a shaker. Give it a go; pour everything (including the ice) back into the same glass.

Jacbor Grier of Metrovino in Portland, OR created a Crystal Caipirinha with a bit of chemistry, the drink is crystal clear and full of flavor. 

Another one of Portland's favorite cocktails is the Fogo Real:

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Fogo Real

1 oz Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça

1/2 lime

0.5 oz Serrano pepper simple syrup

2 mint leaves

1 oz pineapple juice

Muddle the lime and syrup together slowly.

Add the mint and muddle briefly and gently.

Add the other ingredients and shake with ice.

Pour everything, including the ice, into a rocks glass and garnish with a mint sprig. (Note: you can also strain this drink over fresh ice.)

What are you mixing up with Novo Fogo?