Paulista Cocktail

Paulista Cachaca Martini Cocktail with a Pink Daisy
Blueberries and lavender syrup mixed with cachaca create a lovely cocktail we like to call the Paulista. Leslie Thomson / Getty Images
Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
650 Calories
0g Fat
164g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 650
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 164g 60%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 161g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 13mg 67%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 68mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.

Ingredients

  • Lavender sugar, for rimming

  • 12 blueberries

  • 1/2 ounce blueberry liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce lavender syrup

  • 1 3/4 ounces cachaça

  • 3/4 ounce lime juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Rim a cocktail glass with lavender sugar by wetting the rim with a little lime juice then rolling the rim in the sugar.

  3. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blueberries, blueberry liqueur, and lavender syrup.

  4. Add the cachaça and lime juice. Fill the shaker with ice, then shake well.

  5. Strain into the prepared cocktail glass.

  6. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • 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.

Recipe Variations

  • 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.

How Strong Is a Paulista Cocktail?

The Paulista is as strong as the average fruit martini, so it's neither a light drink nor an extremely strong one. On average, it will shake up to an alcohol content around 22 percent ABV (44 proof). This will, of course, depend on the spirits you actually end up pouring as they do vary.