Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cachaça and the Missing Links

There’s a place where the Sidecar-Margarita sours all get together to chatter and take time out from the customers and the other drinks. I can see them in front of the mirror or flopped on a chair or bench, some straightening garnishes or fixing a salt rim. Maybe they’re gossiping about the G&T one of ’em is going out with for a couple in the corner. Or there’s a party of six that ordered the same all around, and the drinks are all giggling in the same way, hoping to meet a pig in a blanket or two later in the evening.


Cachaça Sidecar
  • 2 oz cachaça
  • 3/4 oz Cointreau
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Gaz Regan calls the rum interzone of this style of sour the Missing Link. Cachaça is another superb cane spirit for the purpose: delicate, herbaceous, green, vanillic, subtly oceanic all at the same time.


  1. I don't know what the hell a rum interzone is, but I just made this thing. It's one of these drinks that ends up being way more complex than I expected. I tend to buy cheap cachaca, and so my cachacas are usually brash and rubbery, on the order of the harsher rhums agricoles. The flavor of the lime and orange in this drink are pummeled by the cachaca for me... in a good way. The biggest flavors in the drink end up being those highlighted in the spirit itself. I get grass, black pepper, and fuel. Awesome. It wasn't made clear to me if this is an original of yours, but regardless, it's one of the best non-classic sours I've ever had.

    1. “International zone.”

      I tend to think not to bother with a byline on the ones that are kinda without identifiable attribution, y’know? So glad you enjoyed but it was bound to happen.


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