Heaven Hill Distilleries has signed up with Excelsior Imports to become the international distributor of its Brazilian Cachaça rum, Água Luca.

The deal, which positions Heaven Hill as the lead supplier of Brazilian Cachaça in the US, is targetting the rise in cocktail sales in the country, the company said yesterday (30 April).

Heaven Hill director of marketing Kate Latts said: "We strongly believe in the tremendous potential of cachaça.  It is the emerging category in the US."

Cachaça, best known for the caipirinha cocktail which is a combination of sugar and lime, has been designed to capitalise on the popularity of the mojito.

The drink will be available in 750ml bottles at 40% abv.