Recipes from the Lab

The Obrigado Cocktail

An infused ice ball cocktail recipe. It takes 24 hours of prep, but it's worth it. "Obrigado" is Portuguese for "Thank you", and we are ready for spring to arrive, so we created this to say "thanks, winter, it's been great but we need some spring time already." And springtime in Brazil is pretty long as you stick to the coastal beach areas like Rio and São Paulo is nice too.

One of our favorite spirits is Cachaça. A cousin of rum, it is made from sugarcane juice instead of molasses and demerara sugar, like most rums. Cachaça has a lot of what rum used to taste like still in it.  In the early days of rum, it has a certain "funky" quality that many distillers spent years trying to get rid of.  That special taste is known a "hogo" in the Caribbean and it roughly means "high taste" from the French 'haut goût' (i.e. "hogo").

Hogo was originally more of a negative term, but those early rums (as in Victorian era-early) had a much more potent "funk" that added to their let's say...character...and it is why drinks like the Daiquiri were invented (as legend has it) to mask some of the "hogo" in the drink.  It's also why the best Daiquiri is still just three ingredients, rum, lime juice and sugar (or sugar syrup).

Anywho, Cachaça still has all of that good funkiness and thankfully rums like Banks Five Island Rum gave rum its hogo back.

Let's do this!

One-ounce is all we need, since we just want a little of that passion-fruit goodness.

One-ounce is all we need, since we just want a little of that passion-fruit goodness.

The day before, fill your Whiskey Ice Co. Spherical Ice Ball Maker ice plug mold with 1 ounce of Passion Fruit syrup. We'll put the official 'recipe' below.

Next, fill the mold to the top of the logo with water and freeze. The reason why we use only an ounce of the Passion Fruit Syrup is that as the sphere slowly melts in the cocktail, it will gradually release its passion fruit flavor into the cocktail and the cocktail will evolve into another drink altogether.

The hard part is waiting! But patience, patience... In 24-hours, you will be glad you waited.

Place the mold in the freezer and get ready for a boozy delight the next night (purposefully rhymed). 

Once the passion fruit-infused ice is ready, we can make our cocktail. 


(Imagine 24-hours passing...)


Hey! Welcome back! Let's do this (some more).

Looking good!


Double Old Fashioned glass, shaker, and strainer1 oz./½ oz. jiggerThe Whiskey Ice Co. Spherical Ice Ball Maker 


2.5 ounces Premium Cachaça (we like Leblon)
1 ½ ounce Turbinado Sugar Syrup (see recipe below)
1 ounce of fresh lemon
Passion Fruit-infused Ice Ball (recipe below)

To make Passion Fruit-infused Ice Ball:

Add 1 ounce of Passion your Whiskey Ice Co ice mold and fill to the logo with filtered water and freeze solid. Once frozen, form an ice ball using your Whiskey Ice Co. Spherical Ice Ball Maker.

Since the ice plug will have sugar in it from the added Passion Fruit Syrup, you will need to gently warm the ice plug mold in your hand a bit to help it release. You can also let it sit on the counter for a minute or two before you start to help it release more easily.


To make the Turbinado Sugar Simple Syrup:

Combine equal parts Turbinado (a.k.a. "raw" sugar) and water and dissolve all of the sugar. You can store this in the fridge for about a week or two, so make some extra. 

Assembling the Cocktail:

Step 1: Extra points for multi-tasking!! So you can start forming the sphere with The Whiskey Ice Co. Spherical Ice Ball Maker 

Step 2: Add all liquid ingredients into a shaker and shake for 20 to 30 seconds with ice.

WARNING! Watch your ball! Once it is formed,  immediately place the passion-fruity ice sphere in a double old fashioned glass.

Step 3: Once your Passion Fruit-infused ice ball is formed and in the double old fashioned glass, strain cocktail mixture over the ice ball.

Enjoy responsibly. Cheers.