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Cachaça is Brazil's national spirit. Here's some high-end small-batch cachaça from NovoFogo, made from organic sugarcane.

Cachaça is Brazil’s national spirit. Here’s some high-end, small-batch cachaça from NovoFogo, made from organic sugarcane. (Credit: Forbes)

Welcome back, my friend, to Drink Wine With Dinner®!

Ready for another Thirsty Thursday *outside* the world of wine?

Okay. Then repeat after me: “Dois Caipirinhas, por favor.” (Since it’s Portuguese, Brazilian-style, pronounce it something like “doysh” and “poor favoor.”)

 

Have a Caipirinha! Lime, sugar, ice – and cachaça. (Credit: all recipes.com)

Have a Caipirinha! Lime, sugar, ice – and cachaça. (Credit/recipe: allrecipes.com)

That’s the first phrase I learned, back in the ‘90s, when I found out I’d be spending a couple of weeks in Brazil.

You see, they make this pretty terrific cocktail – the Caipirinha – there in the land of Carnaval, samba, and the 2016 Summer Olympics. And with those four words, I could order up not just one (they go down fast!), but two of them.

 

Another refreshing cachaça cocktail – the Samba Breeze – made with xxx and xxx. (Credit: liquor.com)

Another refreshing cachaça cocktail – the cranberry-orange Samba Breeze. (Credit/recipe liquor.com)

Perfect for hot days (and hot climates), tangy with lime and just sweet enough to tame its potent alcoholic kick, the Caipirinha features Brazil’s national spirit – cachaça.

So why am I bringing this up today, you ask?

Well, luckily for us, this Sunday, June 12th, is International Cachaça Day.

 

Here's a Pineapple-Mint Caipirinha. Try experimenting on your own, with different juices and fresh fruits. (Credit: liquor.com)

Doesn’t this Pineapple-Mint Caipirinha look enticing? Why not experiment on your own, with different juices and fresh fruits? (Credit: liquor.com)

And although most Americans have never heard of the stuff – let alone tasted it – cachaça is at the very heart of those tasty, deceptively easy-drinking little Caipirinhas.

Like rum, cachaça is made from sugarcane.

But unlike rum, it’s distilled directly from the fermented cane juice instead of from byproducts like molasses.

 

Some brands of cachaca for you to try. Enjoy!

Some brands of cachaca for you to try, neat to in cocktails. Enjoy!

And also like rum, cachaça is available in both unaged (white) and barrel-aged (gold) versions.

Hope this peek at Brazil’s national spirit has piqued your curiosity – and whetted your taste buds – to try it on your own. You still have a few days until Sunday to get yourself a bottle.

Or why not pick up two or three different brands, and compare.

Saúde, meu amigo!

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Cheers and happy tastings,
Rosina

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