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Cachaca is a spirit very similar to (but not quite the same as) rum. The roots of this spirit stretch back to the sixteenth century when Portuguese colonists brought cuttings of sugar cane to Brazil and began distillation of the spirit in 1532, and is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice rather than molasses. The popularity of the spirit in Brazil is enormous as Wikipedia quotes 2007 figures which state 1.5 billion liters of Cachaca are consumed annually in that country.

The best known Cachaca cocktail is the Caipirinha. This bar drink is particularly refreshing on a hot day, and is also the National Drink of Brazil.


1 1/2 oz  Cachaca
Juice of 1/2 lime
2 teaspoons crystal sugar

In an old-fashioned glass place the 1/2 lime cut into four wedges and the sugar.
Muddle (mash the two ingredients together using a muddler or a wooden spoon).
Fill the glass with crushed ice and add the Rum

And of course, I want everyone to remember that the aim of my blog is not to encourage you to drink more…

It is to encourage you to drink better.

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