Like all good cocktails, freshness is just as important as using a great spirit. In this case, they use Beleza Pura Cachaca, which is much smoother than most, as well as fresh lime and basil
1 barspoon White Peppercorns
6 Basil leaves (fresh)
1/2 Lime cut into wedges
2 barspoons Sugar
3 oz Beleza Pura Cachaca
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Cachaca is a clear spirit made from pure sugarcane. Its origins are Brazilian. Many people call it a rum and that's because rum is the closest spirit to it, seeing as rum is made from molasses. I've heard that when it was first imported they need to classify it as a rum for legal import reasons, hence it's often referred to as Brazilian Rum.
Step 1: Muddlin' Pepper
Step 2: The Lime and the Basil
Once you have a good juicy mix, add your basil and muddler with a good twisting motion to release the herb's flavor.
Step 3: A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Cocktail Go Down
Step 4: Adding the Cachaca!
Next, an ingredient that's often not taken seriously but should be... fill with lots of ice. Legendary bartender Dale DeGroff says the colder and harder the ice, the better.
Think about it: as the ice is shaken, it melts and becomes an intricate part of your drink. You don't want to add the flavor of your freezer... yummm freezer burn.