Novo Fogo Tanager Redefines Your Notions of Cachaça

At this very moment, your encounters with cachaça most likely extend to the tasty Caipirinha, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Consisting of cachaça, sugar, and lime, Brazil’s national cocktail makes for a refreshing alternative to the mighty Mojito. Along similar lines, cachaça in general is most commonly viewed as a milder (and older) cousin to rum. However, there’s so much more to this Brazilian spirit than cocktails and comparisons, and Novo Fogo is here to prove it.

Novo Fogo Range

For the past few years, the brand has been doing more than any other to explore the possibilities of cachaça while spreading those possibilities across the world stage. The result is a stunning variety of organic expressions, all of which deliver impeccable quality and unique flavour. Yes, each statement will invariably bolster your next Caipirinha or similar cocktail, but it’s just as rewarding when sipped neat. Put simply, this brand will upend your cachaça expectations, one dram at a time.

Novo Fogo Tanager

The award-winning Novo Fogo Tanager certainly proves to be no exception. Handcrafted in small batches, it’s aged for a full year in sanded and re-toasted ex-bourbon barrels, then finished for 2-3 months in Brazilian zebrawood. Between the rich sienna colour, fruity nose, and clean taste, this organic spirit is quite unlike anything to ever cross your lips. And while comparisons to rum are practically inevitable, Tanager comes in much smoother as it imparts with subtle notes of cinnamon, grass, nutmeg, and spice. Also present is a lingering sense of earthiness, courtesy of the zebrawood.

Novo Fogo Distillery

That’s the magic of Novo Fogo Distillery, which plies its craft in the Brazilian South. Located at the crossroads between mountains, rainforest, and ocean, the distillery definitely takes that local terroir to heart. What’s more, it goes the extra mile in terms of process. For example, all the sugarcane is cultivated organically and harvested by machete. It’s distilled just once in a copper pot still and then rested in chemically-inert, stainless steel tanks for a full year. When it comes to extra ageing, Novo Fogo sands and retoasts its American oak casks, resulting in fresh wood. For “two-wood” statements like Tanager, the brand gets a little experimental by way of additional maturation.

Should you be eager to explore the wide world of Novo Fogo cachaça, you can do far worse than to start your journey with a bottle of Tanager (which translates to “little bird”). Unique in texture, colour, and taste alike, this is both a terrific sipper and the base ingredient for a slew of refreshing cocktails. Since you picked up a whole bottle, we’re confident you’ll leave no approach behind. To help you in the cocktail department, here are some brand-tested recipes:

Tanager Batida

  • 2 oz Novo Fogo Tanager Cachaça
  • 1 oz passion fruit syrup
  • 0.5 oz coconut milk
  • 0.5 oz lime juice

Add all ingredients to a blender with half a cup of ice and blend until smooth. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Tanagerac

  • 2 oz Novo Fogo Tanager Cachaça
  • 2 dashes of Scrappy’s Orleans bitters
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 0.25 oz simple syrup

Stir with ice and strain into an Absinthe-rinsed glass. Zest lemon on the size of the glass and discard the peel.

Bossa Nova Sunrise (by Hakkasan Las Vegas)

  • 2 oz Novo Fogo Tanager Cachaça
  • 0.5 oz lime juice 0.5 oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1 oz Giffard Banane du Brésil
  • 1 spoonful of passion fruit pulp
  • a drizzle of Small Hands grenadine

Mix all ingredients, except grenadine, with ice in a tall glass. Float grenadine on top and garnish with a dehydrated banana chip.

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