Ever heard of cachaca?
I must admit -- until recently, I knew nothing about cachaca.
This little blue bottle of the Brazilian sugar cane liquor (pictured) was a wedding favor from one of my friends. It came with a recipe to make a caipirinha, a popular mixed drink made with cachaca.
To make a caipirinha, I'm supposed to muddle half a lime (!) with two teaspoons of sugar or simple syrup, add ice, dump in the cachaca and mix it all together. I like that there's no mint or other such mumbo jumbo -- just lime, sugar and liquor.
Apparently, they drink a ton of cachaca in Brazil -- something like 1.5 billion liters a year, according to Wikipedia. Geez.
Last night, I decided to sneak a sip of the stuff -- just a taste, to see what raw cachaca was all about. Bad decision ...
Remember those cartoons where they drank something and coughed fire? Yeah, it was kinda like that. My eyes popped outta my head, too. This little bottle of cachaca packs a big whallop. I'm sure the alcohol content varies from distiller to distiller. I'd put this particular batch at 70 or 80 proof, easily.
jmgiordano and I are going to be tasting some scotches tonight. Maybe I'll make him try a sip of this caipirinha too.
I'll keep you posted.
(Photo by me)