Cachaça is the native spirit of Brazil, best known for its national cocktail, the Caiparinha.  It is distilled from the sugarcane plant in a copper pot still pictured above.  While technically this might be considered a rum, in this case it is a very unique spirit all its own.  Like any spirit, it can be clear (unaged) or slightly yellowish, which means it has been aged in barrels.

If you visit Brazil you will see it in a great variety of colors because they often they pickle the oddest things in the bottle including tomatoes, peppers, scorpions and even a lobster.  The fact is, cachaça is pretty harsh stuff and needs a lot of flavoring.  This is why the caipirinha is a perfect cocktail for this spirit. You need a lot of lime and a lot of sugar to make this easier to drink.  Keep in mind there are a lot of newer luxury brands of cachaça which are far smoother, it almost takes away from the spirit that cachaça is.  Its cheap, every one drinks it, and not everyone can afford a bottle of the luxury brand at $50/bottle or more.  Pitu is the most common here in the United States and its less than $20 per bottle.

Besides, don’t you want to drink what the locals are drinking?  Don’t you want to taste real Brazil?  Then this is what you want to be drinking.

  • 30ml (1 oz) Fresh Lime Juice (about half a lime)
  • 10ml (2 Teaspoons) Sugar (turbinado is better, but white works just as well)
  • 60ml (2 ounces) Cachaça
  • Lime Garnish, serve in highball glass or old fashioned glass

While in Brazil they muddle the lime wedges and sugar into a glass and add ice, lime juice, the cachaça, and pour over ice.

If for any reason you cannot handle the taste (and its really not that bad), then substitute vodka for a Capiroska, or if you want rum, just order its cousin, a Mojito instead.

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