Brazilian Old Fashioned #24
Swiss-born Stefan Frei wears #24 when he’s on the soccer field, and he stirs up this Brazilian Old Fashioned cocktail to conjure the flavors of Brazil and Switzerland.
- 2 oz Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Cachaça
- 0.5 oz honey syrup
- 2 dashes of Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters
Add the honey syrup to the bottom of a rocks glass glass, then add cachaça and the bitters. Fill the glass with ice and stir until chilled, and top with more ice. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and a fancy cherry.
The Novo Fogo Tree-Keeper Program
We teamed up with Seattle pro goalkeeper and two-time champion Stefan Frei, now a Novo Fogo partner, to create a program that promotes rainforest preservation through cocktails, soccer, and art.
This cachaça ages the banana flavor notes from the original spirit in 53-gallon American oak barrels that have been taken apart, sanded, and re-toasted. The 2-3 year process takes place in the heat and humidity of our home in the Atlantic Rainforest. The result? Banana bread, with notes of chocolate, cinnamon bark, and coffee. Nuances of pepper remain, but the cachaça’s time spent in wood changes its spiciness from fresh red pepper to toasty black pepper.
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How to Make a Brazilian Old Fashioned Cocktail
The Brazilian Old Fashioned Cocktail — a.k.a. “Antiquado” — is a simple and tasty formula: Barrel-Aged Cachaça + sweetener + bitters = happy time. Try experimenting with various sweeteners and bitters to accentuate the cachaca’s flavors of fresh sugarcane and American oak. Saúde!