Cachaca – is it a Rum ?

Cachaca is pronounced as Ka-Sha-Sa and is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Brazil. Even though it has similarities with Rum but its not really rum. Cachaça is the product of the distillation of fermented sugarcane juice, with its alcohol strength between 38% and 48% by volume. Cachaça differs from rum in that it is made from sugarcane juice while rum is made from either molasses or sugarcane juice then aged in oak barrels.

Some of the popular brands are Ceara, Perbnambuca and Minas Gerais.

Cachaca is popularly taken as a cock-tail which is called ‘Caipirinha’. A cold cocktail made of cachaça, limes, and sugar. It is the most popular Brazilian cocktail, both in Brazil and in the rest of the World. The combination of sour (lime) and sweet (sugar) flavors with the strong taste of cachaça makes its character.

You can also have it straight with ice, sip slowly.

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