Cachaca is a white rum which is made from sugar cane. Originating from South America (Brazil), this distilled spirit has taken North America completely by storm. We don’t know how it happened, but a lot of Americans and Canadians have taken a liking to this drink and can’t get enough of it. Today we will be looking at all things cachaca. From its recipe to where you can pick up a bottle, heck even how to pronounce the word, all will be discussed in detail here, so let’s get right into it.
How Do You Pronounce “Cachaca”?
I don’t mean to generalize, but speaking from personal experience, a lot of my American friends have butchered the word ‘cachaca.’ Whether they are in the States or come to Brazil on vacation, I have personally heard them call the drink a bunch of different names ranging from something as absurd as ‘ka-kha-kha’ to the downright stupid ‘ka-cha-ka.’ Before you do what my friends did (i.e. make a fool out of yourself) in front of your friends at a pub by pronouncing the name of the drink wrong, it’s best you familiarize yourself with the syllables. The correct way to pronounce the name of the drink is kah-SHA-sa. So the next time you’re out with your friends, impress them with your knowledge of the Brazilian Portuguese language by calling the drink by its correct name.
Drinks with Cachaca
Let’s be perfectly honest with each other; everything tastes better with cocktails. When it comes to cachacas, this statement holds true as well. There are so many cocktails that can be made with this Brazilian spirit that I can go all day about them, but I have managed to narrow them down to five. So, without ado, here are the top five cachaca drinks.
1. Caipirinha de Uva
Forgive me for picking the most obvious choice, but there is no way you can mention cocktails with cachacas without mentioning THE cocktail with cachacas. Introducing the Caipirinha de Uva (pronounced Ki-Pur-Een-Ya de U-va), which is made with lime, sugar, ice, semi-sweet wine, and, of course, cachaca. If you’re going to try just one new drink this week, I highly recommend the Caipirinha de Uva. You can even order a chopped veggie salad or chicken with freshly cut herbs with this drink because the flavors complement each other very well.
2. Pearl Button
Pearl Button is as simple to make as it is easy to pronounce. Made with just three components (namely Lillet, lime juice, and cachaca), the Pearl Button has a taste like no other drink on this list. Lillet gives the drink a distinct floral scent, while the lime juice can quench your thirst and then some. All in all, it is a very well-rounded drink and one that you should try at least once in your life.
Amazonia is a light sparkling cocktail which is the perfect drink for a lazy weekend on the beach or even at a BBQ. Made with lime, mint, apple, and cachaca, the Amazonia is bound to give you a fiesta of flavors you haven’t tasted before. Try it with crab cakes or poached eggs and thank me later.
4. Bloody Carioca
The reason why the Bloody Carioca ranks so low on my list is that everyone already knows about it. Despite its mainstream popularity, I have decided to include it on my list, and that just goes to show the awesomeness of this drink. Everyone knows that Bloody Marys are supposed to be thick, but the Bloody Carioca is one of the few Bloody Marys that is very thin, and for that fact alone I have decided to include it on my list. The Bloody Carioca has a distinct crimson color to it and is sure to turn some heads the next time you order it at a pub.
5. Sangria Blanco
And for the final item on this list, I have decided to include the ever popular Sangria Blanco. This drink has pisco, St. Germain, freshly squeezed lime, soda water and, of course, cachaca. If that combination of flavors doesn’t salivate your mouth, I honestly don’t know what will. Best served with shrimp skewers or goat cheese with olives, the Sangria Blanco is a great option for you to explore if you are looking for new drinks to try.
How to Make Cachaca
Now that we have discussed the best cachaca drinks in the world, it’s time we turn our attention to how to make the drink itself. If you’re one of those people who must make everything they eat or drink themselves, you will love me for sharing my recipe for making cachaca. Even if you’re not like one of those people, I advise you to try this at least once. I don’t know why, but everything tastes better if you make it yourself. So without further ado, you need to follow the three steps below to make a cachaca mojito.
Ingredients: To make a cachaca, you will require the following items: 1 lime, three mint leaves, two tablespoons of superfine sugar, 2 oz. of cachaca, a bunch of ice cubes (as per your culinary palette) and club soda.
- Step 1: Start by putting the quartered lime, the superfine sugar, and the mint leaves in a glass and leave the mixture till the lime releases its juice and the mint loses its aroma.
- Step 2: After everything has settled down, it’s time to add the cachaca. Add it in a circular motion so that the drink has a better-textured taste to it. After you finish pouring the spirit, add a few ice cubes as well and proceed to the next step.
- Step 3: The final thing that you need to add to finish off this mojito is a club soda. Give the mixture a gentle yet firm shake and add a lime on the glass for aesthetics. And there we go; you made the perfect cachaca mojito. Take a break from life and recharge yourself with this refreshing spirit.
Where to Buy Cachaca and How Much It Would Cost You
If you hate making your drinks or simply don’t have the time on your hands to follow the above three-step procedure of making cachaca, fret not for I have you covered. If you live in the States, I can tell you that there are a million places you can find cachaca. You probably don’t even have to look that hard. The biggest reason why you may not have found a bottle of cachaca is that you weren’t looking for it. Just drive down to your local liquor store and ask for a bottle, and you will be surprised to see that they have one in stock. Almost all liquor stores are now wiser to the growing popularity of this Brazilian spirit and are filling their shelves with gallons of the drink, so it is a safe bet that you can easily pick up a bottle.
If your local liquor shop doesn’t have a bottle of cachaca, don’t be downhearted because you can order the drink from the comfort of your home. Yes, the internet juggernaut that is Amazon has a stock of cachaca that you can have delivered right to your doorsteps. Be sure to move in quick though as Amazon’s stock runs out pretty quickly at the start of each month, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise given the huge popularity of the spirit.
If you’re wondering that this drink would probably cost you an arm and a leg (like a decent bottle of champagne usually does), I can tell you right now that you have nothing to worry about because this drink doesn’t cost much. The Avua Prata Cachaca sells for just 29.99 USD, while the Avua Oak Cachaca sells for the moderate price of just 49.99 USD (we are discussing the standard bottle size of 750 ml here; you can probably save a buck or two if you order in bulk). One variation of the cachaca that we haven’t discussed so far but is the most popular version of this drink i.e. Leblon Cachaca costs just 23.99 USD and is widely regarded as the best cachaca drink out there.
Leblon is the wealthiest neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Its people are used to a certain type of lifestyle, which can easily be summed up in a single word: party. It even has a sunny beach, which attracts people from all over the world as well as the top one percent in Brazil. Thus, it would be fair to say that these people know their drinks. And one of the most well-known drinks that originate from this region is the Leblon Cachaca.
The Leblon Cachaca is now an infamous spirit that is sold and loved all over the world. The biggest selling point of this drink is that it is made from only the purest sugarcane that grows at an altitude of over 1000 meters above sea level. This Brazilian rum is most commonly produced in a cheaper, less refined manner, but that is what imparts such great flavor in the drink. It is easily one of the best cachacas available today, and the astronomical popularity of cachaca can be justifiably accredited to the Leblon Cachaca.
As we have already discussed above, the Leblon Cachaca can be found resting on the shelves of your local liquor store. If your liquor store is out of this Brazilian mojito, you can order the drink from DrinkUpNY.com, which sells a 750 ml bottle of Leblon Cachaca for 23.99 USD.
While we are on the topic of cachaca derivatives, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the ever popular Germana Cachaca. Even though it may sound like this spirit is from Germany, let me clear out all the misconceptions by clearing stating that it isn’t a European beverage and like the Leblon Cachaca, it too is from the Federation of Brazil.
Often sold in a straw-covered bottle, the packaging of the Germana Cachaca has quickly become its defining characteristic. Originating from Minas Gerais, Brazil, the Germana Cachaca is one of the most consumed forms of cachacas out there. Both the people of Brazil and people overseas have fallen in love with the distinct and sweet taste of the Germana Cachaca. The straw-covered bottle prevents the drink from being exposed to sunlight which, in turn, helps the drink maintain its taste for longer periods of time.
If I have piqued your interest in this fine drink, then the only question in your mind right now will be, where can you try this drink for yourself? Well, dear readers, let me tell you that finding a good bottle of Germana Cachaca isn’t as troublesome as you might think. It is available in a select few liquor stores in America, but if you want it delivered to your doorsteps, log in to TheWhiskeyExchange.com and you’ll see that it has a fine collection of this spirit. It even has a two-year-old Germana Cachaca that has been bathing in oak after distillation. I highly recommend picking up that bottle because it will take your taste buds on a ride they will never forget. Available for just 27.99 USD, the Germana Cachaca is a great drink for you to try at least once in your life.
Most people go on about their lives without trying anything new. They listen to the same songs, wear the same type of clothes, and drink the same drink every day. While everyone is entitled to live their lives however they want, I think this is a very bland way of living. Everyone must try something new every day that makes one day different from the other. When it comes to drinks, cachaca is a fine spirit that I want you to try at least once in your life. This sweet sugarcane beverage is a delight to drink and who knows, maybe it will become your favorite spirit after some time.