The Paulista is a delightful cocktail that offers the perfect pairing of lavender and blueberries against a cachaça base. It's a beautiful cocktail for spring and summer occasions and is just a little bit better when enjoyed in the garden on a sunny day.
This recipe was created by Humberto Marques, a Copenhagen mixologist and owner of Curfew in Copenhagen, Denmark. His original cocktails tend to focus on fresh and premium ingredients, using them to create some intriguing new drink experiences.
The Paulista is a perfect example of Marques' understanding of flavor pairings. It offers a lovely balance between the sweet floral herb and the double dose of blueberry that you're sure to enjoy.
Gather the ingredients.
Rim a cocktail glass with lavender sugar by wetting the rim with a little lime juice then rolling the rim in the sugar.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blueberries, lavender syrup, and blueberry liqueur.
Add the rest of the ingredients and ice, then shake well.
Strain into the prepared cocktail glass.
Serve and enjoy!
- You can make your own lavender syrup. It's as easy as any other simple syrup, you will simply need to plan an hour or two for the syrup to cool completely before using it to make the drink.
- Alternatively, you can use one of the commercial lavender syrups that are on the market. Sonoma makes an excellent one and other syrup companies like Monin and Torani have also taken on the flavor.
- Taking the time to rim the glass with lavender sugar adds to the experience and is definitely worth it. Making lavender sugar is also very easy, all you need is some lavender buds, sugar, and a food processor or blender.
- Choose a premium cachaça for this cocktail. The higher quality the spirit is, the better your drink will taste and the fresh ingredients used here definitely deserve top-shelf cachaça.
- Blueberry is not the most common flavor in liqueurs, but there are a few excellent options worth hunting down. Look for it from brands like Bertini, Bols, and Wenneker. It's also a popular flavor for craft distilleries to undertake, including the Okanagan Spirits in British Columbia.
- A top-shelf white rum would be a nice substitute for cachaça. You could also pour an aged version of either and really give the Paulista a nice oak undertone.
- If you prefer, gin and vodka would be excellent alternatives in this cocktail as well.