If you’ve tried Caipirinhas at one of the bars in Singapore, you’ve already drunk Cachaca at least once in your life. So, what’s the deal with this distilled and fermented sugarcane juice and why is it different from other sugarcane-based beverages?
The Spirit of Cachaca
Cachaca is primarily associated with Brazil and is the country’s most popular spirit. The distillers are required by law to produce a cachaca with at least 38% alcohol by volume . It is made from sugarcane juice with is fermented, a process that was described as early as the 1500s. Today, it has two varieties, unaged or white or silver and the aged or yellow or gold, similar to most types of rum.
The unaged cachaca is bottled after it is distilled, while the aged cachaca is storred in wood barrels for up to 3 years. Some are as old as 15 years and the type of wood barrel used can have an effect on its taste, that is why aged cachaca is much more expensive. Some of the common native Brazilian woods used for aging include balm, peanut, amburana, arauva, and jequitiba.
Cachaca versus Rum and Rhum Agricole
All three come from distilled sugarcane juice, but the process that happens after distillation are slightly different. Specifically, cachaca is juiced, fermented and single-distilled and can only be labeled as such if it is made in Brazil.
Rum is usually made from molasses, which is a byproduct of processed sugar, and is required to have a higher alcohol by volume than cachaca. Rhum Agricole on the other hand is made from sugarcane harvested in 23 regions in Martinique. Its taste is similar to cachaca, unlike rum which is spicier.
Cachaca Cocktails to Make
Enjoy your parties more with these cachaca cocktails.
- Caipirinha: 2 ounce silver cachaca, 1 ¼ tablespoons sugar, ice, and ½ lime
- Strawberry-Banana Caipirinha: 2 ounces silver cachaca, ¼ ounce simple syrup, ½ ounce banana liqueur, 3 strawberries, and half lime slice
- Sun Ra: 1 ½ ounces silver cachaca, 1 ounce lemon juice, ½ rosemary simple syrup, and black strap rum
- Coco Batida: 2 ounces cachaca, 1 cup cracked ice, 2 ounces condensed milk, ½ ounce simple syrup, 2 ounces coconut cream, and shredded toasted coconut for garnish
- Cacharetto Sour: 1 ½ ounces aged cachaca, ½ ounce simple syrup, ½ ounce lemon juice, and ¾ ounce amaretto
- Brazilian Buck: 1 ½ ounces cachaca, 2 dashes aromatic bitter2s, 4 ounces ginger beer, 1 lime juice, and lime slice for garnish
- Umbabarauma: 2 ounces cachaca, ¾ ounce lime juice, ½ ounce maraschino cherry liqueur, ½ ounce orange liqueur, and 2 slices jalapeno
- Blushing Yakima: 2 ounces aged cachaa, 3 muddled cherries, 1 ½ ounces brown ale, ½ ounce amaretto, ½ ounce simple syrup, and 1 ounce lime juice
- Antiquado: 2 ounces barrel-aged cachaca, 2 dashes chocolate bitter, ½ ounce cinnamon syrup, and 1 orange peel for garnish
- Cachaca Calabaza: 1 ½ ounces aged cachaca, ½ ounce simple syrup, ½ ounce allspice, ¼ ounce falernum, and 2 bar spoons bourbon pumpkin puree