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Obrigado Dio por Cachaca!
Let me say it again, Obrigado Dio por Cachaca! I was first introduced to cachaca during my first visit to Rio de Janerio, Brazil in 2011 and it’s the main ingredient in a Caipirinha one of my 3 FAV cocktails in my universe. Yup, I have 3 FAV cocktails; why should I have to choose? That is what makes me the global gal I am, but I digress.
It is only fitting that during my journey back to Rio on Labor Day 2014 (well that night) I introduce my blogginites to wonderment of cachaca and all of the amazing things to be made from this distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice. The history of Cachaca goes back to the 1500’s, and more than 400 million gallons of cachaca is produced in Brazil.
It was my mission to make sure that I consumed at least one caipirnha each day during my stay. Don’t judge me. The unspoken rule in Brazil is that you shouldn’t order anymore that 2 caipirnhas from any one bar and if you know what’s go for your equalibrum and staying slur free max out at three per night. Why? Well the first drink is meant for you to understand the delicate balance between fruit and cachaca and the second drink is to make sure you understand that cachaca is the king of sugar cane…with a high alcohol content. Although made from sugar cane, this is liquor meant for serious drinkers who enjoys the taste of cachaca, which is “this gal Caz” of course. Duh.
In keeping with my goal of one caipirinha per day I decided to take a journey to none other than Academia de Cachaca. You’re probably thinking as I, a school that teaches the origin of cachaca, not so much. BUT occasionally they assemble a group of specialist to perform an analysis of the cachaca. The colors of cachaca can vary from white (clear), various shades of yellow all the way to brown. Academia de Cachaca is all about the cachaca and show casing the 100 plus types of cachaca with alcohol content that ranges from 38% up to almost 51%. WHEW, remember that part about maxing out at 3, yup. I did exceed the 3 max limit BUT only for the love of TheCazBar, the sacrifices I make for my followers and photo opps. HEHEHE.
I leave you with this thought, caipirnha is not for the inexperience drinker and I wouldn’t lie it is an acquired taste BUT if you’re adventurous this is worth the try and I don’t think it will disappoint. Just think you’ll be ready to relate in 2016 when the Olympics are in Rio and Brazilians and tourist are toasting all over with Caiprinhas.
If you want to make your own Caipirinha at home below this is one of my FAV’s.
2 Lime wedges
1 packet or 1 teaspoon of sugar
In a rocks glass add sugar, strawberries and lime muddle. Add cachaca and ice, stir and enjoy.
Please remember clink and drink responsibly!