June 12, 2013

International Cachaça Day

"First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you." - Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

It's International Cachaça Day!

Cachaça (pronounced ka-SHA-sa) is the national drink of Brazil (they're also the largest producer of it). It's frequently compared to rum, and while it does taste similar, they're made in different manners. Rum is distilled through sugarcane byproducts, whereas cachaça is made from and distilled through raw sugarcane juice at engenhos (plantations). While it might not seem like that big of a difference, it's the tiny nuances that make all the difference in the liquors. The most commonly associated cocktail is the "caipirinha," which is simply limes, sugar, cachaça, and ice. Brazil takes their drink so seriously there's even a Brazilian Cachaça Institute (which I encourage you to check out for more information).

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Now... how do you say "delicious" in Portuguese again? Oh, that's right: cachaça. (Kidding, it's: "delicioso"!)

Happy International Cachaça Day!