Cachaça is a Brazilian liquor made from fermented sugar cane. It is the essential part of the Caipirinha, a famous Brazilian cocktail containing cachaça, sugar, lime and ice.
In Brazil alone, 1.5 billion liters are consumed annually, compared with 15 million liters outside the country. Although cachaça is made from sugar cane, as the rum, it differs from it because rum is usually made from molasses, while cachaça is made from fresh sugarcane juice that is fermented and distilled.
It is produced in two ways, artisan and industrial and has an alcohol content between 38% and 54% alcohol by volume. Cachaça also comes in two varieties, unaged (white) and aged (gold). White cachaça is usually bottled immediately after distillation and tends to be cheaper. It is mainly used for cocktail preparation, like the caipirinha. Dark cachaça is aged in wood barrels and is meant to be drunk straight (it is usually aged for up to 3 years though some “ultra premium” cachaças have been aged for up to 15 years).
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