Because cachaca is so bold and full-flavored, it's a natural for pitcher drinks with lots of fruit ingredients.
Bartender Duggan McDonnell recommends using a big red wine, such as a California cabernet.
Make Ahead: The mixture needs to be refrigerated for 1 hour before serving.
- 8 blackberries, plus 4 for garnish
- 3 limes, cut into quarters
- 1 orange, cut into quarters or eighths
- 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar (a pale brown sugar with large crystals)
- 6 ounces cachaca
- 2 ounces red wine (see headnote)
- Crushed ice
Muddle the blackberries, limes, orange and sugar in a large pitcher.
Add the cachaca and red wine; stir vigorously for at least 1 minute. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
When ready to serve, stir again, then pour into wineglasses or old-fashioned glasses filled with crushed ice.
Adapted from McDonnell, bartender at Cantina in San Francisco.
Tested by Jason Wilson and Michael Taylor.
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