Booze

Novo Fogo cachaca brings new fire to Denver bars

If you were drinking a cocktail with the floral notes of a rainforest, the aroma of banana and lime flowers, the earthiness of sweet red peppers and the saltiness of oysters, you'd be drinking cachaca (pronounced ka-SHA-sa), a Brazilian spirit distilled from sugarcane juice. And while all of those rainforest-and-ocean flavors and aromas are present when you drink cachaca straight, you'll most often see cachaca as the main ingredient in a caipirinha, a cocktail that's a mix of sugar and muddled limes and served over ice. The caipirinha is to Brazilians as craft beer is to Coloradans: It's everywhere, and it's great.

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