Gold Medal Taste: Toast the Olympics with Cuca Fresca Cachaca

We’ve been so engrossed with the Olympic games, we almost forgot to highlight this delicious spirit. We’re happy to say that multiple gold medals aren’t the only thing we are excited to see come from Brazil. Your favorite cocktails will never be again thanks to the Brazil-originated Cuca Fresca Cachaca. For those who don’t know, Cachaca is a distilled spirit made from the juice of sugar canes.  In honor of the Olympics and the hot summer sun, we present the perfect alcoholic drinks. Why perfect? The words “Cuca Fresca”, translate to “cool head”,  a Brazilian expression meaning “to be cool” or “have a chill vibe.” All words that perfectly describe this Brazilian spirit and the following cocktails.

Cachaca is the most popular distilled alcoholic drink in Brazil. It is similar to rum with the exception of the fresh sugar cane juice in Cachaca, and molasses in rum. Cuca Fresca Cachaca is available in two varieties: Cuca Prata, a premium silver cachaca that is aged for one year in oak after being double distilled and triple filtered; and Cuca Ouro, a premium gold artisanal cachaca that has been aged for four years in Jequitiba, a native Brazilian wood.

We had the pleasure of attending an intimate rooftop party to welcome Cuca Fresca Cachaca with some delicious, signature cocktails made with the national spirit of Brazil. We enjoyed three delicious cocktails, including Brazil’s classic cocktail at Tavern 29, located in Midtown East.

Cuca Fresca Rio Gold

Cuca Fresca Cachaca
Fresh Lime
Simple Syrup
Top with Gold Flakes

Coco Bem Loco

Cuca Fresca Cachaca
Coconut puree
Fresh Lime
Simple Syrup
Orange Bitters

Cuca Fresca Rio Sunset

The above cocktail was a surprise one, and included such ingredients as red wine, lime, Cuca Fresca, etc, that wasn’t on the original menu for the event but the Mixologist at Tavern 29 wowed us with its deliciousness. How were we blessed with this knockout spirit in the USA? It’s all thanks to rapper Snoop Dogg! You read that right. Along with being its brand ambassador, Snoop Dogg is also a major shareholder of Cuca Fresca Cachaca.

Both of the 750ml Cuca Fresca Cachaca varieties are available for $25.00 each. Even a limited edition Cuca Fresca Ouro which features Snoop Dogg’s engraved signature is still only $25.00. Cuca Fresca also has a premium ready-to-drink Caipirinha, Brasil’s national cocktail, that’s delicious on the rocks or frozen for only $13.00. To purchase your bottle of Cuca Fresca Cachaca Prata, or Ouro, head over to

Porcao Transforms to Rio’s Churrascaria

This week is an especially busy one (which is why I took the day off from events yesterday). Today, we had a total of four events to attend but we only went to three. Marisol has a crazy week and Kim is currently on a flight from the West Coast as I write. So it was just Dave and I today. Out of the three events we went to tonight, two of them were snooze fests and not worth mentioning but one was really great and that is Porcao Transforms to Rio’s Churrascaria (their official NYC website is not up yet). Located at 360 Park South on the corner of 26th St, Rio’s was a welcome vibrant event compared to the others. As soon as you walk in the smell of roasted meats filled the air and your nostrils. This event seemed to be the place to be because everyone was there, it was packed

Dave and I took a few minutes to figure out which line was shorter, the bar or the foods – we chose the food. Five minutes into standing on line, we were greeted with the wonderful smells and taste of bacon wrapped steak and slow roasted pork loins. If you’ve never been to a Brazilian restaurant, the concept is that they bring out tons of roasted and BBQ meats and you eat until you are full and tell them to stop. It’s a bit of an all you can eat concept.

Dave and I ate until our hearts desire and enjoyed some delicious Passionfruit Caipirinha. For those who don’t know, Caipirinha is a tradional Brazilian drink and it’s freaking awesome. It’s one of my favorite drinks actually.

Now, something interesting or funny usually happens when I attend these events and tonight was no exception. You guys know I’ve talked about Velociraptors (people who attack servers with hors d’oeuvres, etc), well they come in all shapes and ages. below is a photo of two such Velociraptors, these women go to different events and will push, shove and cut you in line for whatever. They do all this and have to nerve to make faces at people when they are called out.

But that wasn’t the night’s entertainment, although they were. Tonights entertainment was a Brazilian band and dancers.

I even got some video of them performing

The last thing of the night was a raffle for an all expense paid trip to Brazil courtesy of Tam Airlines, which Dave and I didn’t win…….sadness

But we did have a blast and ate some fabulous food.