ROOT Cocktail of the Week: The Black Orpheus

Mr. Gaal’s Black Orpheus drink name comes from the motion picture  Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro). It is a retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. Orpheus travelled into the underworld to save his wife, Eurydice, with song, after she was bitten by a snake.


The drink recipe is inspired by the Caipirinha,  or Cachaça Sour. The Portuguese word politely translates as “little man from the country,” or, less politely, as “yokel.” The Caiprihana  is the national cocktail of Brazil but is enjoyed internationally. 


Black Orpheus

1 oz. simple syrup
1 lime (muddled)
1 1/2 oz. Cruzan Rum
1 oz. ROOT

 Muddle lime in glass. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well with crushed ice. Garnish with sliced lime.

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