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Drinks International: Adding more than a touch of Brazilian spirit

Already boasting a Brazilian spirit prowess, the extravagantly named Excalibur Enterprises has added a hand-crafted Brazilian Cachaça to its portfolio, namely Beleza Pura, a super premium distillate priced at $27.99 retail. Currently the Excalibur range comprises three specialty spirits from three boutique producers, all from different regions. As a result production methods are not the same and nor are the taste profiles.Small batch production exudes accents of cinnamon, coconut and spices; raspberry and eau de vie, the solera-ranked spirit aged as in Armazem Vieira Esmeralda (four years), Rubi (eight years), and Onix (16 years). Single barrel Cachaças from Rochinha are produced in Rio de Janeiro, offering five year, and very limited 12 year distillates.

Promotion will focus on tasting events and cocktail recipe tie-ins in such venues as New York as Café des Artistes, Brasserio Caviar & Banana and Ono along with the F&B at Atlantic City’s Borgata, MIX in Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas.

Beleza Caipirinha
2 oz Beleza Pura® Cachaça
1/2 medium size lime
2 tbsp sugar or simple syrup
1 cup ice

Method
Wash the lime gently under water and dry. Cut the half lime into 3-4 slices, place in a large rocks glass, add sugar or simple syrup, muddle gently to crush the fruit and add ice and Cachaça, and shake. For a twist on the traditional caipirinha, substitute lime with fresh raspberry, strawberry, kiwi, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, starfruit, orange, tangerine, fig, apple, plum, peach, or any fruit.

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