Rio’s cocktail scene depends upon a cane liquor called cachaça. Sweet and strong, cachaça packs a giddying punch into the city’s signature cocktail, the caipirinha. The mix of cachaça, lime, and sugar will have you dancing to the beat of the samba drum in no time. The Academia da Cachaça in Leblon is the best spot to sample the firewater cocktails. For a different taste, try the caipirinha aroeira, which contains chunks of pineapple and peppercorn that produce a musky-sweet flavor. The caipirinha acadêmica helps get the night started right with its zesty mix of honey- and alcohol-soaked key limes.