Bartenders are invited to create original cocktails featuring any Novo Fogo Bar Cachaça expression and enter them into the categories of Samba and Bossa Nova—two of Brazil’s most beloved musical genres—for a chance to win a trip to Brazil.
SAMBA: tropical, bright, loud, and joyous reflections of Brazil’s alegria!
BOSSA NOVA: harmonious, suave, and spirit-forward compositions!
How It Works:
The deadline for entries is 11:59PM PDT on August 7th. 10 finalists and 3 alternates will be selected, and they will be asked to submit videos no longer than 5 minutes preparing and describing their cocktail. A panel of judges will evaluate the video submissions and recreate the recipes for in-person tasting to judge the final selections.
TWO grand prize winners will win an all-expenses paid adventure to visit Novo Fogo’s distillery in Morretes, Brazil. In addition to soaking up cachaça culture, you’ll enjoy delicious local food and drink, immerse yourself in the wonders of the Atlantic Rainforest, plant a tree, and experience an array of places, from the bars and museums of Curitiba to the historic coastal towns near the beach. Yes, the carbon footprint of this global adventure will be offset. Vamos!
• The next THREE winners will win $500.
• The next FIVE winners will win $250.
• In case you haven’t been doing the math, all 10 finalists will win something!
Check Out Some Bartenders Cocktail Entries and Inspiration:
Fogo, Berries & Samba
Recipe by Aistis Zidanavicius
I wanted to create a vibrant, lively and energetic cocktail that could be complex in flavor and playful at the same time. It’s how I see Samba dance—complex, playful and energetic, like a fire—fogo. Raspberries give playfulness, while pomegranate seeds ensure little dryness, all together giving an energetic red color. Sugar and lime balance the flavors, while little salt provides minerality that really complements the star of the show—Novo Fogo Silver Bar strength. I used silver bar strength cachaca because it pairs perfectly with Samba, not so matured (and little stronger to really shine in the cocktail), but very wildly fragrant, lively and energetic. Everything together gives a perfect combination for Samba parties! You can taste Samba in the drink!
- 1 1/2 oz Novo Fogo Silver Bar strength
- 1/4 oz fresh Lime juice
- 5-6 fresh Raspberries
- 1 1/2 bar spoon fresh Pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 oz Simple & Salt syrup 1:1
- 1 oz Prosecco
Preparation: Add raspberries and pomegranate seeds into the shaker. 2. Muddle well. 3. Add all other ingredients except Prosecco. 4. Add cubed ice and shake well 5. Add Prosecco 6. Fine strain into Couette glass 7. Garnish with 3 fresh raspberries on a nice cocktail pick Simple & Salt syrup 1L filtered Water 1 kg white Sugar 25 g Salt Add everything into the pot and boil while stirring. Stop the heat as soon as everything dissolves. Chill and use. Garnish with 3 fresh raspberries on a nice cocktail pick
Recipe by Tim Weigel
One of the central instruments to Samba is the pandeiro and it is quite a challenge to learn the Samba rhythm (or toque). It involves rocking your curved hand over the pandeiro with one motion tapping the heel of your hand the other motion tapping your fingers. Once the Samba toque is learned, it provides a lively, colorful, and almost trancelike experience to the listener. You can’t help yourself from dancing! The Pandeiro toque provides inspiration for my cocktail as it has a fruity flavor that accompanies the tropical notes of the Novo Fogo bar strength along with a vivid red color which invokes the passion of Samba!
- 1.5 oz Novo Fogo silver Cachaça bar strength
- 1/4 oz lime juice
- 1 1/2 oz watermelon juice
- 1/4 oz St George Bruto Americano
- 0.375 oz Liquid Alchemist prickly pear syrup
Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lime wheel and baby’s breath.
Recipe by Emma Getchell
This cocktail is inspired by the classic Jungle Bird. I like to think of it as a reverse Jungle Bird! Instead of a dark rum, I decided to use silver Cachaca because it’s a little bit funkier and more approachable for people who are not a fan of dark spirits. Novo Fogo Cachaca adds a bit of a savory flavor to this drink. I swapped out Campari for Aperol. I added a tiny bit of lemon juice to balance out the sweetness of the pineapple juice and Aperol. Lastly, instead of using a simple syrup or Demerara syrup, I decided to add our heavy vanilla simple syrup to add just a touch of sweetness but also to add another flavor, vanilla. This cocktail fits the theme of Samba because it is tropical, fun, approachable, and easy drinking. I think it’s a great cocktail for people who want to drink fun spirits like Cachaca and for others who haven’t heard of the spirit at all. It’s a juicy, mouthwatering, bitter fruit bomb. It’s complex and balanced yet super tropical and simple. The name of my cocktail is the Scarlett Macaw which is one of the many native birds of Brazil. So, when choosing the glassware for this drink, I decided on a bird mug! Inspired by the many tropical birds of Brazil and the carnival celebrations in which they are super colorful and fun. In our area, Cachaca is not a well-known spirit so it’s super rewarding to educate people on the beauty of it. Educating guests and bringing them a little bit of Brazilian culture.
- 1 1/2 ounces Novo Fogo Silver Cachaca
- 1/2 oz Aperol
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
- 1/4 oz heavy vanilla simple syrup*
*Heavy vanilla simple syrup
2 parts white sugar to 1-part hot water.
Preparation: Add one Madagascar vanilla bean per one quart and let infuse. The syrup is good to use after one hour of infusion but over time as the vanilla bean sits, the more vanilla flavor you will get. (Which is totally fine!) Fresh lemon and pineapple juice is preferred. If you don’t have fresh pineapple juice, Dole pineapple juice works too! To make cocktail: Build ingredients in Boston shaker tin, add one cold draft ice cube and whip shake until you don’t hear the cube anymore. Pour over pebble ice in glass. Add garnishes and top with pebble ice to fill glass if needed. Dehydrated lemon wheel, dehydrated pineapple slice, mint sprigs for garnsh.