Okay, so what?… Your probably asking yourself….And what is Cachaca anyway? Cachaca, pronounced kah-SHAH-sah, is the national spirit of Brazil. They produce roughly two billion liters of Cachaca annually and keep about 1.6 billion liters for themselves! And Cachaca imported into the US is labeled as “Brazilian Rum” simply because we do not have a Cachaca category. But labeling Cachaca as Rum is misleading for many reasons—for starters it is distilled from fermented sugarcane juice, whereas most Rums are distillates of fermented molasses. It really should have a category of its own. This mysterious Brazilian white spirit has become an overnight success story- just four centuries in the making. In 2008 Cachaca won the “Best of Show, white spirit” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Try a caiprinha made with just lime, sugar (or simple syrup), and Cachaca served on ice! Delicious!
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