(ka-SHA-sa).Cachaša is the national spirit of Brazil, the spirit of Carnival, the spirit of a country enjoying life. Like rum, Cachaša is a product of sugar cane and has a character somewhat similar to, though drier, than white rum. Where rum is produced from the molasses made from the sugar cane, Cachaša is produced directly from the juice of the cane. Ypiˇca Cachaša, the largest selling brand in Brazil, is produced only from the first crush.
Locals drink Cachaša neat in small shot glasses. Others prefer a mix of Cachaša with lemon, passion fruit, tamarind, sugar and ice in a drink called a batida. But most visitors to Brazil become familiar with Cachaša as the essential ingredient in a Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil (recipe below).
You may want to treat yourself and your guests to a taste of Rio, a taste of Cachaša!
1 lime in 4 pieces
2 1/2 ounces Cachaša
1 to 2 Tbs. fine cane sugar
Crush the pieces of lime with the sugar thoroughly in a tumbler, add the ice, Cachaša, and stir or shake well. The lime pieces should remain in the glass.