Cuban Cachaca Cocktail

This Cuban cachaca cocktail derives its smooth and mellow flavor from cachaca, a sugar cane-based spirit that’s exceptionally popular throughout Latin America. And for darn good reason. This is easily one of the best uses for it.

An overhead view into a glass of canchanchara with ice.

Cuban Cachaca Cocktail

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In a cocktail shaker or measuring cup, stir together the honey and lemon juice. Add the cane liquor and shake or stir.

Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour the cocktail over the ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired, before you sit and slowly sip.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This is a simple, easy drink but was completely new to me and gave me an excuse to try another type of Cachaça than I previously had used.

I selected Ypióca Brasilizar Cachaça Prata Classica aged one year. The first time I made this drink, I divided it between the two of us as 2 short singles, with just lemon and honey as specified. It was pleasant but too sweet and it improved as it swirled a bit and the ice melted a little.

The second time I made it, I cut the honey in half and enjoyed a short double perfect for one person. The younger Cachaça (clear, bold and slightly funky nose) kind of grew on me tho initially I was a little surprised by the aroma of the Cachaça and the apparent edge of the flavour , as an interesting alternative to rhum agricole. I added a wedge of lime as suggested as an option for the second version, and I think the lime complemented the lemon and honey and it all came across as a better drink that I can easily stir together in a few minutes. Now I am more curious about some of the longer aged Cachaça variations!

What a deliciously refreshing cocktail. Definitely something that I will be drinking come the warmer months.

When I saw this recipe, I just couldn’t resist mixing a batch up right now even though our temperature currently resides in the 30s. While it was tasty now, I think I’ll appreciate drinking it more while sitting outside on our deck barbecuing with guests come summer.

It’s very easy to whip up with only 3 ingredients. While I wasn’t familiar with cachaca, our local Total Wine and More store had several from which to choose. Like rum, cachaca comes in both Silver and Gold options. I purchased the silver and found that I enjoyed it very much. Easy to see how this beverage predates the mojito and daiquiri.

The only change that I will make in the future, entirely due to personal preference, is to cut the amount of honey from 2 teaspoons down to 1. The honey in the cocktail was very flavor forward. I would prefer it to be a secondary note.


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  1. This is such a lovely cocktail. It’s just the thing for sitting outside on a hot evening. I love the sharp citrus taste, subtle sweetness of the honey, and big hit of alcohol. Canchanchara is one of our family favorites, though we’ve always used rum, so cachaca was an interesting change.

    Use caution or you’ll be in a bikini in no time as having many will make your clothes fall off.

    1. Marsha, there’s little chance you’ll find me in a bikini (or bathing suit of any kind)! I’m glad you liked it. It’s perfect for the dog days of summer.

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