Rio de Janeiro is well known for its beautiful beaches, and well, it's gorgeous women. This stereotype was made famous in the 1960s jazz song titled The Girl from Ipanema, which was inspired by a real woman and a very real place. The Ipanema area of Rio is a wealthy neighborhood known much for its affluence as its beautiful beach.
Take a walk around the area and you're sure to find beach bums drinking potent and delicious cocktails to cool off. Caipirinhas are great and all—no really, they are SO good—but we're partial to this local concoction developed by Brooklyn bartender James Palumbo of Belle Shoals Bar, made with Cachaça, which is a distinctively Brazilian spirit. The liquor is so popular that if you make this in your own kitchen and close your eyes, you just might imagine that you're actually on the beach of Ipanema.
Plus, we like our booze like we like our food—with health benefits. (Try these other 11 Healthy Cocktail Recipes next.) This crafted cocktail starts off strong with muddled blueberries, which are rich in antioxidants and may even help you lose weight. Acai also provides amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein molecules. (So toss some of the acai berry puree into your post-workout smoothie!)
Ipanema Bramble Cocktail
1 oz. Cachaca
0.25 oz. Frangelico
0.25 oz. PX Sherry
0.5 oz. lime juice
0.5 oz. acai berry puree
- Muddle a small handful of blueberries at the bottom of your drinking glass.
- Mix Cachaca, Frangelico, PX Sherry, lime juice, and acai berry puree in a shaker with ice.
- Pour mixture over muddled blueberries and ice. Garnish with mint and blueberries.