Rabo-de-Galo
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Rabo-de-Galo
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.3 / 5
The Rabo-de-Galo cocktail is a rich blend of Brazilian spirit and Italian flair, uniting the earthy, potent essence of Cachaça with the aromatic complexity of red vermouth and the bittersweet ... more The Rabo-de-Galo cocktail is a rich blend of Brazilian spirit and Italian flair, uniting the earthy, potent essence of Cachaça with the aromatic complexity of red vermouth and the bittersweet depth of Amaro, topped off with a dash of grapefruit bitters for a citrusy twist. Served in a cocktail glass, this concoction is a celebration of cultural fusion, offering a bold flavor profile that appeals to adventurous palates seeking to explore the diverse world of global cocktails. Whether you're a fan of traditional Brazilian drinks or an aficionado of Italian liqueurs, the Rabo-de-Galo provides a unique tasting experience that encapsulates the spirit of international mixology.
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Base ingredient
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Cachaça
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30.25% | 1.82 units *
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Classic
Shaken

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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30ml 1oz 3cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
1 dash 1 dash 1 dash

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Rabo-de-Galo is a captivating dance of Brazilian and Italian spirits, offering a robust yet harmonious blend that'll pique the interest of any adventurous drinker. The combination of earthy Cachaça with the sophisticated sweetness of red vermouth, alongside the bittersweet Amaro and a zesty dash of grapefruit bitters, creates an intriguingly aromatic and complex flavor profile that's both unique and daring.

Method
How to make a Rabo-de-Galo

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Start by choosing your preferred method—throwing, stirring, or shaking all the ingredients together with ice based on the cocktail texture you're aiming for
If stirring or shaking, aim for a duration of 10-15 seconds to perfectly blend the flavors, doing so until the exterior of your mixing container feels chilled
For those opting to throw the cocktail, skillfully pour the mixture back and forth between two mixing glasses, achieving both cooling and aeration without diluting the drink too much
After your chosen mixing method, strain the now unified cocktail components into a glass brimming with fresh ice to ensure a crisp serving temperature
This careful balance of mixing and chilling enhances the drink's character, making each sip a testament to your bartending finesse

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of Rabo-de-Galo?

Rabo-de-Galo, which translates to 'Cocktail's Tail' in Portuguese, is a classic Brazilian cocktail. It originated in São Paulo, Brazil, in the 1950s as a way for bartenders to utilize leftover spirits. The drink has become a popular choice in Brazilian bars and is considered a part of the country's cocktail heritage.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another spirit for Cachaça in a Rabo-de-Galo?

While Cachaça is the traditional and key ingredient in a Rabo-de-Galo, you can experiment with other spirits for a different flavor profile. However, substituting it may significantly alter the original taste of the cocktail. White rum or agricole rum could be considered as alternatives, but keep in mind that this will transform the drink into a new variant rather than an authentic Rabo-de-Galo.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of Rabo-de-Galo?

Creating a non-alcoholic version of Rabo-de-Galo involves substituting the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic alternatives. For example, non-alcoholic spirits or a blend of non-alcoholic bitters and herbal teas can mimic the flavors of Cachaça and Amaro. However, achieving the exact taste profile might be challenging due to the distinctive flavor of Cachaça.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with Rabo-de-Galo?

Rabo-de-Galo, with its robust and complex flavor profile, pairs well with Brazilian or Latin American cuisine. Foods like feijoada, empanadas, or grilled meats complement the layers of flavors in the cocktail. The herbal and bitter notes of the Amaro along with the citrus from the grapefruit bitters can also cut through the richness of heavier dishes, making it a versatile cocktail for pairing.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should I serve Rabo-de-Galo for a gathering?

For a gathering, serve Rabo-de-Galo in a lowball glass over ice to keep it well-chilled. Presentation can be enhanced with a grapefruit twist or a slice for garnish. As it's a strong cocktail, consider offering it as a sipping drink before or during a meal. If you're hosting a larger event, you can pre-mix a batch and keep it chilled, serving it in individual glasses when guests arrive.

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