September 13, 2013

National Cachaça Day

“I have made an important discovery... that alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, produces all the effect of intoxication." - Oscar Wilde

It's National Cachaça Day!

Back in June we celebrated International Cachaça Day, but today is more specific to Brazil. And while it's the national drink of the country (which has been making it since at least the 1600's), cachaça (pronounced ka-SHA-sa) wasn't legalized as it's own drink in the United States until February 25th, 2013 when the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau finally recognized as such and not just as a "Brazilian rum". While the two spirits are similar, rum is distilled through sugarcane byproducts (like molasses), and cachaça is made from and distilled through raw sugarcane juice.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

The most popular cachaça drink is the caipirinha which is made from sugar and lime being muddled together. Pour in some ice and cachaça, shake it all up, and you've got a delicious and authentic Brazilian drink (who knew one of my favorite cocktail bars in own made them?).

Saúde!

Happy National Cachaça Day!