The inspiration for Dusk In Ipanema begins in trendsetting
Ipanema, the place made famous by the 60s song to bear its name,
The Girl In Ipanema, has a long tradition of dictating beach chic
to the rest of the world. This beach is considered one of the main
centers of activity for the city of Rio de Janeiro. One of the most
expensive places to live, the neighborhood is full of wealthy
residents. Considered the little Paris of Rio it is renowned for
its avant-garde galleries, bookstores and movie theatres. Every
Sunday the Hippie Fair is held with vendors selling everything from
wooden dolls to swizzle sticks topped with parrots.
Dusk In Ipanema is a cocktail we would want to drink while
watching the Brazilian sunset after a long day of drinking
Caipirinhas and walking around the neighborhood. A spirit-forward
stirred cocktail, the aged cachaa gives a light sweet cinnamon
cookie notes complemented by the full bodied herbaceousness of
Italian amaro, and a perfect introduction to fall with pumpkin
spice bitters the cocktail is topped with a feather tuille paying
homage to Carnival, the annual Brazilian festival.
Avua Amburana Cachaa: Avua is a small batch, single sourced
cachaa expertly handcrafted by one of Brazils few female
distillers. She grows the sugarcane at her familys hillside farm,
located about four hours north of Rio de Janeiro. Avua Amburana
Cachaa has been matured for at least twenty four months in casks
made from amburana, an indigenous wood found only in the forests of
Latin America. The resulting spirit offers warm, savory notes of
allspice, cinnamon, vanilla and Thai basil, backed by earthy
sugarcane. A hint of toasted almond emerges on the finish.
Amaro Lucano: A family-produced spirit born in the Southern
Italian town of Pisticci, Basilicata, Amaro Lucano was originally
created in 1894 by Pasquale Vena, a well-known pastry chef of the
time. This bittersweet mix is an intricate blend of more than 30
herbs, never before seen in the time of its creation. In 1900 Amaro
Lucano gained notoriety throughout Italy and is still a highly
popular aperitif and digestif all over Europe. Silky like a liquor,
bitter and sweet in varying degrees, and aromatically complex Amaro
Lucano is quite simply delicious and fascinating.
Workhorse Rye Pumpkin Spice Bitters: Over 30 botanicals are
extracted and stabilized by organic rye and cane spirit. The first
thing youll smell and taste is a pumpkin patch channelled through
bright yet savory roasted pumpkin, artichoke leaf, suma root,
eleuthero root, sweet potato, and chamomile. Second to that, youll
notice the sweeter side of Pumpkin accoutrement: cardamom,
cinnamon, cacao, rooibos, and cranberry. Tertiary flavors persist
as well thanks to a layering of smoked salts by Bitterman Salt Co,
bell pepper, rosemary, and sage.
Dispense cachaa from barrel into mixing glass. Add amaro,
vanilla, and bitters. Stir. Express orange twist through flame.
Discard twist. Garnish with feather tuille and paper straw.
2.25 oz Avua Amburana Cachaa
.75 oz Amaro Lucano
.25 oz Vanilla Syrup
5 drops Pumpkin Spice Bitters
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