Gugni came to the Bedford from the Cantina, a San Francisco bar specializing in Latin American libations. "They had close to two dozen different cachaças," Gugni says. Tasting through the Cantina's collection gave him an appreciation for cachaça's subtleties. "You're trying each one side-by-side. That's when you can explore the possibilities of cachaça."
Edison's Medicine, a popular Bedford cocktail featuring Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça,Yellow Chartreuse, fresh basil, agave syrup and lime (recipe below). "It's very round and full," Gugni says of the Novo Fogo Silver. Its slightly unctuous texture can lend drinks a luscious feel. "It's a very simple cocktail, but all those flavors really come together and complete each other." The bright green, basil-tinged color of the drink looked medicinal to Gugni, hence the rhyming name.
Here's the drink. For my stateside readers (which is most of you) enjoy your Fourth:
- 1 1/2 ounces Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça
- 1/2 ounce Yellow Chartreuse
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 3/4 ounce agave syrup
- 3 sprigs fresh basil
Gently muddle basil in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredient and ice. Shake hard and double-strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with orange zest.