Dec 1, 2013 by Gabriele Corcos

How do you “drink” your winter? Are you trading off your summer ice cold beer for a glass of Amarone or Barolo? Are you switching gear from a Margarita to a glass of Mulled Wine infused with cloves and spices? Are you holding a warm mug of Zabaione in your hands while looking out the window in contemplation of the yellowish winter glaze, or  are you brewing an herbal tea and tweaking it with a shot of Rum or Bourbon?

Dare to dream, and treat yourself to a cocktail that will transport you far away from the misery of this ice cold season! Brooklyn-Bahia is a twist on the traditional Brazilian Caipiriña, with its muddled lime, mint and simple syrup. The clear Cachaca is here replaced with Due North, an artisanal Rum distilled in Brooklyn which offers a deeper and warmer body to this drink, and a shot of Aperol provides a well balanced kick of Italian bitters while tinting your drink like a tropical sunset.

Enjoy this wonderful cocktail this Holiday season, and let it transport you far far away, Salute!!!



Serves: 1 / Prep Time: 5 minutes

  • 3 lime wedges
  • Lime slice, for garnish
  • 5 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 ounces “Due North” rum
  • ¾ ounce Aperol
  • ¼ Ounce simple syrup (recipe follows below)


Simple Syrup 

Yields: 1 1/3 cups / Prep Time: 1 minutes /  Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, loosely packed




1In a cocktail shaker muddle together lime and mint leaves.

2Add remaining ingredients, cover with ice and shake well.

3Strain into a rock glass or even a martini glass, garnish with mint leaves and a slice of lime.



1In a medium saucepan, combine the water and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Stir for 1 minute, or until the sugar has dissolved.

2Set aside to cool. Keep refrigerated in a small pitcher or squeeze bottle.



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