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With my recent move to Portland and consequent adjustment to a new work environment, new living situation and new selection of great bars and restaurants to explore, I’ve been a little lax on the new drink recipes.

Fortunately I have my cruel taskmasters at Boca Loca Cachaça to keep me toiling away, day and night, churning out recipe after recipe using their incredible product.

If you haven’t experienced Boca Loca yet, I urge you to give it a try as I firmly feel it is the finest cachaça available on the market today. The spirit is light and fresh, and free from a lot of the oiliness and heavy smoke you’ll find in other – sometimes inferior – cachaças available out there. There is grassiness, big stone fruit, some white pepper and a very light honey finish. Boca Loca is a beautiful product and it’s a pleasure to work with.

So for the spring I set about creating a series of cocktails that showcased the cachaça in a different way. This is my first entry.

Inspired in part by a gorgeous cocktail created by my good friend Gonçalo de Souza Monteiro, the Comte de Sureau, I turned the drink around and twisted the proportions to highlight the cachaça, and then finished the whole thing with a little lemon oil. It’s simple, petite, and a beautiful thing to sip on.

Caneflower Print Me

  • 1½ oz/45 ml cachaça
  • ¾ oz/22.5 ml Aperol
  • ½ oz/15 ml St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass.
  2. Stir with cracked ice and strain into a small chilled cocktail coupe.
  3. Garnish with a generous twist of lemon.

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29 Replies to “Caneflower”

  • Jeremy says:

    As Aperol and St Germain have become two of my favorite liquers, I was wondering if anyone had other suggestions for combining the two in a cocktail.

  • Mark says:

    As it happens, my wife had me make a cocktail from her Martha Stewart “Living” magazine that one of her minions came up with called the Gemini as follows:
    2 oz grapefruit juice
    1.5 oz St. Germain
    1 oz Vodka
    Top with Prosecco (which I did not have)

    It was ok. A little heavy on the grapefruit juice.

    I thought I could do better and since I just walked in the door with a bottle of Aperol I came up with this:

    1.5 oz grapefruit juice
    1.5 oz Gin
    .5 oz Aperol
    .25 oz St. Germain (it may have been a smidge more than that)

  • Chris says:

    Great drink Jeff!

    If you’re interested, I took a different spin on it (and a few others) when playing with Boca Loca:


  • Klara says:

    Please, someone tell me where i can find Aperol in the Portland area. Got hooked on this drink in Europe this summer. Found a bottle in Hollywood on another trip. Need a source in Portland. Hope someone can help. It is an awesome drink and very impressive at gatherings

  • Jeff Frane says:

    Uptown, Sellwood, pearl. 12th & hawyhorne

  • Alex Frane says:

    Obviously the man above me had a few Caneflowers before he wrote his comment.

  • Brodie says:

    Hey Jeff! Firstly, massive fan and eagerly waiting on some more post…. So it’s spring time, nearly summer here in Australia and so time for a new cocktail menu! One position on the menu that I have been trying to fill had been a strong spirit basd cocktail yet floral. Today I looked at a bottle of elderflower and remembered reading about this little bad boy. So, taking some inspiration I have played with the specs a little and incorporated a strawberry shrub that I made a couple of weeks ago. Boom!!!! So amazing. Thanks for the inspiration mate! The cachaca is the hero!!! The shrub makes things super intriguing…. Oh and of course I made your original with your original specs. What a drink!!!!

  • Sarah says:

    Who carries the Boca Loca?

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