Novo Fogo Press Hits
May 13, 2022
The Cocktail College Podcast: How to Make the Perfect Caipirinha
Nova Fogo has done a lot of good work in terms of making inroads in the bartending community. I may be wrong here, but I believe they’re also doing good stuff when it comes to sustainability and things over there. Obviously, you mentioned the rainforests, and that’s a huge issue right now there in that country. So it’s always good to see brands giving back.
May 2, 2022
27 Spirits for a Sustainable Happy Hour
Brazil’s coastal rainforest and the world’s second-largest Biosphere Reserve, Floresta Atlântica, hosts Novo Fogo, an organic cachaça distillery. Cachaça is made from fermented sugarcane juice, and Novo Fogo processes their sugarcane minimally and commits to a zero-waste process. Novo Fogo does not use chemicals to grow their sugarcane and received organic certification from the USDA. The distillery’s location on a slope allows liquid to flow from one room to another, forgoing the use of motorized pumps. Committed to protecting the forest’s animal and plant diversity, Novo Fogo also harvests cane by hand from their organic fields.
Spring 2022 Issue
Novo Fogo of Morretes, Brazil
It’s unusual to find a distillery that centers the concept of terroir in its messaging; even more uncommon is one that is certified carbon negative and committed to removing 36 species of native trees from the threatened list. That is just a couple of highlights in the story that Novo Fogo, a distillery located near the town of Morretes within Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, is trying to tell.
April 22, 2022
Celebrate Earth Day with Novo Fogo Cachaça
April is Earth month, but for Novo Fogo our journey of making cachaça sustainably never stops! Since the beginning, our sugarcane farm has been USDA-certified 100% organic, our zero-waste distillery recycles all its byproducts, and we offset our non-production business emissions to make Novo Fogo overall carbon-negative.
April 11, 2022
How Used Bourbon Barrels Give Other Spirits (and Wines) New Dimension
Novo Fogo sources bourbon barrels from Four Roses and Heaven Hill, and has a cooper in Brazil sand and re-toast them. “The cooper shaves off the char and some of the bourbon that has soaked into the wood and re-toasts the wood to a variety of levels—this is because in the hot, humid climate of Morretes, Brazil, the ‘devil’s cut’ of bourbon that has soaked into the wood would leach into our cachaça, making for a far more bourbon-y spirit than we desire,” McKinley describes.
March 31, 2022
Photos: Soccer legends attend launch party with Novo Fogo for rainforest preservation
Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei and soccer legends Kasey Keller and Marcus Hahnemann came together for the official launch of their partnership with the Seattle-based company Novo Fogo Cachaça on Sunday, March 27. The event took place at Navy Strength in Belltown. TREE-KEEPER, a packaging series for two Novo Fogo Caipirinha products designed by Frei, launched this partnership. The event celebrated rainforest preservation with art, cocktails and, of course, soccer. All proceeds benefited Novo Fogo’s The Un-Endangered Forest program.
March 9, 2022
What Does ‘Sustainable Spirits’ Mean? These Distillers Have an Answer
Novo Fogo describes its bright, grassy cachaça, made from fresh-pressed sugarcane, as “rum’s older Brazilian cousin.” It’s also a spirit with a mission: In the heart of Brazil’s coastal rainforest, Novo Fogo centers its environmental efforts around trees, specifically reforestation efforts. More than 300 species of native Brazilian trees are threatened today, says Axinte, including many used in making barrels for aging cachaça.
February 22, 2022
30 Popular Canned Cocktails, Ranked Worst To Best
Caipirinhas may not be the most common cocktail you’ll find in the United States, but in Brazil and in other parts of the world, it’s seriously all the rage. It’s similar to a margarita, but instead of being prepared with tequila, it instead includes cachaça, which is a liquor that’s somewhat similar to vodka. The cachaça is then mixed with limes and sugar for a sweet-but-sour cocktail that’s easily sippable and perfect for laid-back beach days. If you want to enjoy your caipirinha at the beach but don’t want to have to mix it yourself under the umbrella in the sand, then Novo Fogo has you covered with their sparkling caipirinha.
February 25, 2022
The Cocktail College Podcast: How to Make the Perfect Piña Colada
At Leyenda, we do 2 ounces of white rum for a Piña Colada. In the white rum, we have our own blend. So we do 1 ounce of Novo Fogo Cachaça, the silver. They’re great friends, super awesome. There is a lot of sugar cane flavor, it’s delicious.
January 11, 2022
7 Hot Toddy Recipes to Warm Your Spirit
Cachaça is made from fermented sugar cane, and it comes sweetly through in this warm, spiced toddy from Novo Fogo.
January 11, 2022
The Best Cheap Alcohol of 2022, According to Bartenders
If you are a fan of rum, you need to give cachaca a try as well, the Brazilian cousin that is distilled from sugarcane juice. “Novo Fogo Cachaca is earthy and light,” says Simmerman. This is the obvious choice for a Caipirinha drink, but try sipping on its own as well to discover the character of this Brazilian staple.
December 8, 2021
LIQUID CULTURE’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – ALL THINGS R(H)UM
Cachaca is in itself its own category, but for those new to this spirit, think of it as the Rum of Brazil. Distilled from freshly pressed Sugar Cane Juice, it’s unlike anything you’ll find in most rums. I wanted to feature Novo Fogo, because there’s a lot of Bad Cachaca out there that can deter you from the category. THIS my friends is the real deal, so do your palate a favour by picking this up!
December 13, 2021
Spirited Zine 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
From the borders of the Atlantic rainforest comes this hand-crafted, sustainable, and organic Cachaça to set a high bar for the category in the USA. The nose is intensely floral, with notes of blossom, grass, and citrus. The palate features fresh sugar cane flavors, which combine with roasted banana, mango, and other tropical fruits.
December 14, 2021
8 Latin American Alcoholic Drinks to Turn Up to Over the Holidays
If you want to pretend that you’re on a beach somewhere in Brazil then Novo Fogo Caipirinha Kit will be your go-to this holiday season. Caipirinha (ky-pee-ree-nya) is Brazil’s national cocktail and there is no doubt why. The drink is a delicious combo of cachaça alcohol, fresh lime juice, and sugar muddled together.
November 30, 2021
Low-Cal Alcohol To Help Fight Holiday Weight Gain
Novo Fogo’s newly released low-calorie canned cocktail arrives just in time for seasonal merrymaking. The Brazilian Old Fashioned Highball, courtesy of the 100 percent organic, zero-waste distillery, is the first-ever aged-cachaça-based canned cocktail, a carbonated drink that blends Novo Fogo Chameleon cachaça, vanilla syrup, orange and aromatic bitters and is meant to satisfy both rum and whiskey drinkers. Balancing a powerful mix of warm vanilla and orange flavors, this tropical variation on a global drink channels all the favorite seasonal spices we love.
October 17, 2021
21 Gifts for the At-Home Bartender
One of the best parts of cocktail culture is trying something you’ve never had before. While Novo Fogo Cachaca is nothing new (it’s one of the most popular liquors in Brazil) we’re willing to bet your loved one hasn’t had this sugarcane-based spirit. Sweet and a little funky, cachaca can be mixed into a caipirinha, in place of rum in a tropical cocktail or on its own.
October 9, 2021
The 10 Best Canned Cocktails to Drink in 2021
For a caipirinha on-the-go, look for a can from Novo Fogo. It offers the same refreshing taste of Brazilian cachaça, lime, and sugar that make the caipirinha great. With this one, there’s no need for a muddler.
Using Novo Fogo’s organic1 silver cachaça as the base, the Sparkling Caipirinha Cocktail (8.2 percent ABV) is bright and flavorful. Though they’re not ingredients, this cocktail even has some unexpected tropical fruit notes, such as coconut, lychee, and guanabana. Adding carbonation to the familiar drink is a nice twist that only increases its refreshing qualities. If you’d like a little extra fruit, Novo Fogo offers passion fruit and mango caipirinhas as well.
October 1, 2021
5 Low-Cal Alcoholic Drinks That Won’t Compromise Your Healthy Diet
Organic silver Cachaca, lime, sugar and water carbonation make up 129 calories in this beverage. “This sparkling caipirinha is much lower in sugar than the typical Brazilian cocktail,” says Largeman-Roth. “It’s delicious and easy to sip.”
September 28, 2021
The most famous cachaça cocktail is the Caipirinha, which combines the vegetal, funky, earthy, and fruity notes of the spirit with lime and sugar. From unaged cachaça to expressions that spend a few years in various types of wood barrels, there are so many versions to taste. Here are some of the best cachaças you can find now, with some picks from bar industry experts.
August 2021 issue
Climate change skeptics need only study the last decade of sugar cane harvests at the Novo Fogo (novofogo.com) distillery in southeastern Brazil to see the impact. According to the brand’s founder and CEO, Dragos Axinte, 10 years ago he and his team could plan to harvest during a two-week period at the end of March. Since then, however, the sugar cane harvest has occurred anytime between late March and late July.
July 15, 2021
Through their Un-Endangered Forest project, the folks at Novo Fogo, a brand of cachaça, the Brazilian national spirit, are on a mission to protect and replenish the country’s endangered trees and vital habitats. While making myself a cocktail with unaged Novo Fogo, or sipping a barrel-aged expression, I’m supporting one of the world’s most sustainable spirit brands and aiding in the reseeding of the native Brazilian rainforest.
June 29, 2021
Much like the Old Fashioned, the Caipirinha is not that complicated. All you need is lime, sugar, and cachaça. There is, however, quite a bit of muddling involved, and you need to make sure that you’re using the correct ratio of sugar to lime (which gets a little harder when you’re muddling actual lime wedges). If you’d rather skip all that work, Novo Fogo makes a very convincing and highly flavorful facsimile.
June 29, 2021
If you’re a fan of Brazilian caipirinhas, dive into a can of Novo Fogo’s sparkling caipirinha cocktails, in original lime, mango and lime, or passion fruit and lime. Each petite 200ml packs a punch with just 128 to 135 calories and 10g of carbs. Serve straight out of the can or over ice.
June 16, 2021
A Brazilian cachaça brand, Novo Fogo Cachaça is a passionate advocate for sustainable practices. They produce USDA-certified 100% organic cachaças at their zero-waste distillery in the small town of Morretes, located in the heart of the largest protected patch of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, where the coastal mountains meet the sea.
June 7, 2021
Death & Co.’s Buko Gimlet: Coconut water sorbet, infused with New York Distilling Company’s Dorothy Parker Gin, Novo Fogo Cachaça, Kalani Coconut Liqueur, lime and pandan.
June 1, 2021
OddFellows’ Boozy Capsule isn’t a substitute for the bars I love and miss most, but it is a balm of a different sort: ice cream. This limited edition series of pints pays homage to some of the best bars in the world—Mexico City’s Limantour, Barcelona’s Two Schmucks, Sydney’s Maybe Sammy, and New York’s Death & Co, Attaboy, and Long Island Bar. Death & Co’s Buko Gimlet flavor, the pastel green of an after-dinner mint, is a coconut cream sherbet infused with pandan leaf, gin, and Novo Fogo cachaça.
May 14, 2021
If you’ve ever attempted to craft a Caipirinha at home, you know it can be quite involved. Novo Fogo’s compact cans make it super simple to enjoy this Brazilian cocktail at home, no complicated ingredients—or skill set involved. Available in three flavors (Original Lime, Passion Fruit-Lime and Mango-Lime), they have less sugar, fewer calories and carbohydrates, and lower alcohol by volume, but only use 100% natural ingredients.
April 28, 2021
Brazil’s forests have been decimated by aggressive logging, leaving many native tree species—including some that have traditionally been used for cachaça barrels—endangered. In partnership with botanists and biodiversity experts, cachaça brand Novo Fogo is raising rare Brazilian hardwood seedlings that will be replanted in Brazil’s Atlantic forest.
April 27, 2021
The Boozy Capsule was crafted by OddFellows’ Chef and Co-Founder, Sam Mason who has transformed signature cocktails from some of the world’s most talented bartenders into ice cream form. The release also aims to give back to the hard-hit hospitality industry as bars and restaurants start to reopen.
April 27, 2021
“More and more distilleries and spirit companies are doing their own canned cocktails,” says Miller. “And I like that because I know already that there’s a good base to it.” Novo Fogo, a Brazilian cachaça distillery, is one of her favorites doing canned cocktails right now. “Novo Fogo is one of the great brands, and their recent line of canned cocktails is fabulous,” she added. The brand makes sparkling caipirinha canned cocktails in three flavors: lime, passion fruit and mango. The perfect drink to take your taste buds on a vacation when you can’t actually get away!
April 27, 2021
CHIC CANNED COCKTAILS FOR YOUR OSCARS VIEWING PARTY
Bring the taste of Brazil right to you, no plane tickets required, with these canned caipirinhas. Launched in 2019 by the company famous for its cachaças, Novo Fogo offers three easily-transportable versions on the crowd pleasing cocktail—all made with 100% natural ingredients. Make ours an Original Lime, if you’re asking.
April 21, 2021
THE BEST SUSTAINABLE SPIRITS FOR EARTH DAY
Over the last few years, going green has become one of the biggest trends in the drinks world—and we’re not talking about chartreuse. As climate change continues to threaten the planet, spirits brands are making conscious efforts to reduce their waste, swap in alternative energy sources, and smarten up the sourcing of their raw materials.
But what makes a brand truly sustainable?
April 12, 2021
How Anyone Can Design Labels for Drinks
A 2016 study by wine.net said that of 2,000 wine drinkers surveyed, 82% made their selections based on the label. Great packaging melds style and substance, and behind each is a graphic artist or team tasked to create eye-catching designs that encapsulate the spirit and philosophy of the brand. Here’s how to become one of them.
April 1, 2021
The Best Canned Cocktails and Wines for Picnics, Beach Days, and More
I can close my eyes and imagine Sugarloaf Mountain to my right and the sounds of waves crashing on Ipanema Beach as I sip Novo Fogo’s Sparkling Caipirinha and dream of another holiday in South America. Made with organic cachaça, the fresh lime flavor brings the drink to life and outdoes any novice bartender version I could attempt at home. The effervescence may not be authentic in a typical Brazilian caipirinha, but it makes for a great summer drink reminiscent of summer in Rio.
March 18, 2021
BOTTLED & CANNED COCKTAILS WORTH DRINKING
If I had to choose my favorite canned cocktail line though, I wouldn’t hesitate to name Novo Fogo’s Sparkling Caipirinhas. Flavors include Original Lime, Passion Fruit and Lime and Mango and Lime. All are bright, refreshing and eminently crushable. Each is made with a base of Novo Fogo’s organic Silver Cachaça and includes all natural ingredients. They clock in at 8.2% ABV and come in 200ml cans.
March 4, 2021
21 Standout Whiskeys, Vodkas and Tequilas You Must Try in 2021
Novo Fogo Chameleon combines their Silver Cachaça with the Barrel-Aged edition to bring together a fun, funky floral flavor that melds sweet and spicy in a playful combination. Novo Fogo cachaça is a fun spirit that you can use to deliver a surprising and funky twist on many classic cocktails. The Chameleon is a great option if you’re looking to test this spirit out.
Nov 12, 2020
16 Unusual Cocktail Recipes For Adventurous Drinkers
This cocktail is inspired by my neighborhood (Wellington-Harrington) in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I have now lived for over a decade. It’s a melting pot of Brazilian, Polish, and Italian heritage with bakeries serving pao de queijo a few doors down from ones slinging cannolis. It is a neighborhood where private clubs still abound and the restaurant owners grew up down the street. It is my community that I love and this cocktail exemplifies how something so wonderful can come from disparate cultures and ingredients melding together.
November 4, 2020
These Canned Cocktails Provide All of the Flavor of a Boozy Drink Without Any of the Work
Novo Fogo makes cachaça, a Brazilian spirit similar to rum that is made from sugarcane juice. It’s also a core ingredient in the caipirinha, which the distillery now has canned versions of. There are three flavors available—lime, passion fruit, and mango. Each is made using the distillery’s own cachaca, along with other natural ingredients.