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From Richard Woods, global director of cocktail and spirit development, Samba Brand Management (includes Duck & Waffle and SushiSamba)


To make kaffir-lime-infused cachaca, combine 1 bottle cachaca with 20 grams kaffir lime leaves for up to 24 hours, tasting periodically for flavor. Basil, sage, or tarragon also make a nice alternative.



  1. 1 ounce kaffir-lime-leaf-infused cachaca
    3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
    3/4 ounce simple syrup
    1 cup crushed ice, divided
    Sugarcane (optional), for garnish
    2 lime wedges, for garnish
    Kaffir lime leaf, for garnish


  1. Combine first three ingredients into glass with half of the crushed ice; stir vigorously with a bar spoon. Top with more crushed ice. Garnish with sugarcane, two lime wedges, and a spanked kaffir lime leaf; serve immediately.
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