Five cachaça cocktails to enjoy while watching the World Cup

NYC bars are fueling the futebol festivities with the classic Brazilian spirit

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Cachaça at Nitecap

Cachaça at Nitecap

Tonight, the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Rio and everyone's excited for the sport, the camaraderie and, of course, the boozing. And just in time, Brazil's national raw-sugarcane hooch, cachaça (that's ka-SHA-sa, FYI), has been freed from the caipirinha sidelines and is being shaken into adventurous new cocktails all over Gotham. So skip those boring cervejas and go for gold instead with one of these cachaça-spiked sips.


Rule 34 Shrub at The Gilroy


As if blackberries, honey, champagne, Thai chili and rosemary weren't enough to spark your interest, co-owner Josh Mazza individually seals each cocktail into a little Mylar pouch. When you win your bet and Brazil beats Croatia, your pouch will be cut open and poured over ice, served with a rosemary sprig. $14


Samba at Sweetwater Social


Inspired by veteran mixologist Justin Noel's travels around Brazil, this bright yellow tropical tipple feels like a trip to the beach. Served over crushed ice and garnished with a pineapple leaf, its crisp artisanal cachaça is shaken up with fresh pineapple, basil, lime and a homemade cardamom tincture to instantly transport you from the sticky city streets to the warm, white sands of Rio. And P.S. Whatever your team, everyone's a winner at Sweetwater—they'll be mixing cocktails for every country in the Cup. $10


Dirty Deeds at Evelyn Drinkery


Next match? Brazil vs. the American South, as small-batch cachaça mixes with Old Forester Kentucky bourbon as well as fruit and herb liqueurs, honey, lemon and egg white for a funky summertime play on the bar's "Whistling Dixie" drink. One of these babies and you'll be off the bench in no time. $12


The Mae Hall at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club


After you slay your opponents on the shuffleboard court, treat yourself to this boss bebida, named after one of the most badass lady shuffleboard players of all time. A Mason jar mix of coconut cream, pineapple and three spicy dashes of Angostura bitters, served frozen or on the rocks, it's the perfect thing to cool off with after a heated match. $11


Green Thumb at Nitecap


Cachaça drinks can often be sweet but head bartender Natasha David, inspired by the spirit's grassy, earthier flavors, wanted this libation to feel light and clean. She succeeds with the airy addition of egg white and the fresh flavors of fennel and piney sapin. Served in a fizz glass and topped with a twist, the foamy froth looks like a healthy, feel-good green juice—albeit a boozy one. $13


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