A Taste of Carnival: Salto Cachaça

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Its March already, meaning Carnival & Mardi Gras are here, St. Patty’s day is just around the corner and before you know it, Summer will arrive. With that being said I thought it fitting to start turning my attention towards a popular summer spirit that is probably one of my favorite discoveries since joining the beverage industry; Cachaça. Pronounced Kah-Shah-Sah, this sugarcane based liquor comes to us from Brazil, and much like Cognac, it’s a region based spirit so if it isn’t from Brazil, you’re not drinking Cachaça. Recently I started hearing a buzz about a newer brand that was being launched in the UK (Sorry U.S. Drinkers) called Salto, and as fate would have it, I was recently contacted by a member of  Truffle PR, their public relations firm with some wonderful recipes to share just in time for the kickoff to Rio Carnival on the 5th.

Salto, named after a town in the heart of Brazil’s foremost cachaça-producing region, is made from premium cachaça distilled in Brazil. The rum-like spirit is then imported into England where it is then infused with flavors of bitter orange grapefruit, and lime to create it’s unique and refreshing taste. Salto offers a friendly ABV of just 24%, lower than your typical cachaça brand (38%), which combined with its citrus and bitter flavors gives it a bit more “drink-ability”. With cachaça being the fastest growing spirit in the UK, Salto is the perfect way for UK consumers to experience everything that Brazilian culture is known for.

In homage to the festival of color that makes Brazilian carnival famous throughout the world, Salto has created a range of “Carnival Colored Cocktails. These new cocktails will be officially launched at the Rio Carnival fund-raising evening in aid of the charity “Bringing Research To Life” that will be held in London on the 19th of March 2011 to coincide with Brazilian Carnival. Salto is proud to sponsor this charity. The Carnival Colored Cocktails will be available from February 28th at the following bars and restaurants:

Rocket Restaurant & Bar Mayfair, 4 Lancashire Court, London, W1S 1EY
Rocket Restaurant & Bar Old Broad Street, 6 Adams Court, Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1DX
Rocket Restaurant & Bar Canary Wharf, 2 Churchill Place, London, E14 5RB

Here’s a preview of some of the cocktails that will be available at these venues:

Samba de la Salto, Rocket Mayfair

50ml Salto
10ml Blue Curacao
10ml Lime Juice
25ml Passion fruit Puree
10ml Passion Syrup

Favela Shake, Rocket The City

40ml Salto
4 Pieces fresh chili (muddled)
4 lime wedges
20ml fresh lime juice
20ml Krupnik
10ml Gomme
50ml Mango Puree

Rio 40 Degrees, Rocket Canary Wharf

30ml Salto
20ml Napoleon Mandarin
10ml Passoa
10ml Lime juice




For more information, or for a few great recipe suggestions visit Salto’s colorful website at Photos and recipes were courtesy of Looking to get your hands on a bottle? Salto is available in most off-trace outlets, as well as many bars and venues throughout the UK. U.S. residents will have to wait patiently or find a UK retailer with some friendly shipping rates. Don’t forget to become a Fan on Facebook and show your support. Class dismissed !


Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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