This Mixology Events creation is an ode to all things tropical and Brazilian. Ever eager to use cachaça in more than just a Caipirinha, our bar team came up with this exotic take on a modern, Martini-style drink. The Rio Martini combines cachaça with lime juice, grenadine and guava juice to make a bright and beautiful tropical cocktail, perfect for a summer evening.
Cachaça, Lime Juice, Guava Juice, Grenadine – Nick N Nora*
*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.
The Rio Martini is an exotically flavoured spin on classic, fruit-forward drinks like the French Martini or the Cosmopolitan, it’s a mix of characteristically Brazilian cachaça and tropical guava juice, sweetened with fruity grenadine and balanced with tangy fresh lime.
This twist on a Martini is an out and out summer smash: sweet and fruity enough to quench thirsts on a hot day, with enough Brazilian flare to get any party started. Cachaça is Brazil’s national spirit, a slightly sweet, grassy liquor distilled from fresh sugar cane juice and there are a whole host of delicious cocktails that use it as their base. Some of our favourite cachaça cocktails to serve alongside the Rio Martini include the Batida: a blended mixture of cachaça, fresh fruit and condensed milk or coconut cream, and the classic, Caipirinha: a muddled mixture of lime, sugar and cachaça not too dissimilar from a Daiquiri.
Thanks to its bright colours and fruity flavours the Rio Marini would be right at home on a tiki-based menu—tiki drinks are always fruity and exotic but quite often tend to be large drinks, containing swathes of ingredients, which can make them slow to serve. With its simple recipe and short Martini-style serve, the Rio Martini is a great way to balance out a menu full of long drinks and help smooth out service alongside complex tiki cocktails.
If you’re considering serving the Rio Martini at your bar hire and want to know more about what cocktails might work well alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other cachaça based, summertime or tiki style cocktails from our list.
We asked our head bartender and events manager, Jake Rogers, to elaborate on this unique cachaca cocktail’s creation:
“This is one we came up with for a summer menu, a customer had tried cachaca on a trip to Brazil and wanted to include it in more than just a Caipirinha. This really is a great one for any cachaca lovers out there, the guava juice brings this zingy island flavour and a slightly creamy texture to the grassy notes of the cachaca. It’s a good one for anyone looking for something unusual as often people haven’t even tried cachaca before – so a great way to branch out and have a slightly more interesting cocktail menu, channeling those South American vibes.”
Myths & Legends
There’s not much controversy surrounding this recent addition to cocktail canon, as it was only created a couple of years ago by our bar team the scope for myths and legends to form around it has been fairly limited. We’re pretty sure though, that with it being such a unique and delicious cocktail, it’s bound to become a legend of its own eventually.
Again, as this drink is a house creation, there aren’t really any references for it online or in any of our books. If you’re keen to learn more about cachaca though, there is a wealth of information on this underrated spirit available on eater.com in their Complete Guide to Cachaca.
Ingredients & Equipment
There are some great independently owned cachacas and loads of premium brands out there to choose from, some of our favourites include Abelha; an ethically sourced, organic cachaca and Leblon; a rich, woody, aged cachaca, which is matured in French oak casks.
- 50ml Cachaca
- 25ml Guava Juice
- 20ml Lime Juice
- 12.5ml Grenadine
- Lime Wedge to Garnish
- Hawthorne Strainer
- Fine Strainer
- Mexican Elbow
- Martini Glass or Coupette
- Cubed Ice
- Chill your glass in the freezer or fill it with ice
- Take your Boston glass or small tin
- Using your jigger to measure, add the cachaca, guava juice and grenadine to the shaker
- Using your Mexican elbow and a jigger to measure, squeeze 20ml of lime juice and add it to the shaker
- Fill the shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid
- Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
- Remove your glass from the freezer or empty it of ice if necessary
- Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain your cocktail into your chilled Martini glass or coupette
- Garnish with a lime wedge, sliced so it rests on the edge of the glass
- Serve and enjoy!
For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.
Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.