The name might be unpronounceable (to me, anyway), but you’ll recognise it from such yummy drinks as the Caipirinha. Salto is apparently lower-alcohol than most Cachaça brands, but at 24% it’s hardly cough syrup.
I whizzed up these two before a dinner party to a slavering reception– needless to say, my cooking was decidedly slap dash afterwards – and, dare I say it? It was really rather nice to have a break from gin.
Ah, the legendary Caipirinha – demonic source of many a hangover. I tried this in a highball first and was knock-out drunk within five minutes, so I’d recommend a dainty tumbler.
Yes, yes, I’m using ice cubes. Crushed ice looks well and dandy, but it dilutes your booze.
- Four lime quarters
- 2 tsps sugar
- Ice cubes
Pop everything into a tumbler and add three or four cubes of ice. Top up with the Salto. Chin chin!
Cachaça Champagne cocktail
A lovely twist on a classic drink. This wouldn’t have occurred to me at all, but came recommended by a hungover colleague who knows his booze. The citrusy Salto gives a really gorgeous zing and layers of flavour – we all agreed this was even better than a Caipirinha.
- Few drops angostura bitters
- Sugar cube ( I bought the rather gorgeous La Perruche ones because they came in a lovely box)
A 75 cl bottle of Salto is about £14 from good supermarkets