Cachaca is an amazing spirit. This Brazilian twist on rum is not as sweet as you would expect but has an amazing flavor unlike any other. While some people like cachaca straight, it is perhaps best in Brazil’s national drink: the caipirinha.
- 2 oz Cachaca
- 1 lime, cut in quarters and then quartered again
- 1 tbs raw sugar
- Lime wedge for garnish (optional)
Muddle the lime and the sugar in the bottom of a lowball glass. It is important to cut the lime into small pieces so it is easier to muddle. Once the sugar has dissolved in the lime juice, top with ice. Pour in two ounces of chilled cachaca, I recommend chilling the bottle in your freezer or briefly shaking the cachaca in a cocktail shaker. Serve straight or with a garnish.
Caipirinha can be translated from Portuguese as “country bumkin” but is actually a drink with an amazingly sophisticated palate. The problem with this drink, especially when drinking on a budget, is that outside of Brazil cachaca is very expensive. Even “cheap” cachaca will run you $15-20/fifth and if you actually want something worth tasting, it normally costs at least $25. However there is a way to get around this price gauging: go to Brazil. OK, so this sounds crazy. But cachaca prices in Brazil are insanely cheap, so it is the perfect buyers market. A good cachaca such as Sagatiba puro or Ypioca ouro which costs $25-30 in the US can be purchased for only $4-5 USD in Brazil. Obviously trips to Brazil are still costly, but if you have a friend that happens to be going, make sure they pick up a couple of bottles. It is completely worth any hassle from carrying glass bottles.
Total cost per drink: $0.46-1.90