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What’s the Best Cachaça for a Caipirinha?

May 4, 2015

Much like rhum agricole from the French West Indies, Brazil’s national drink is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice, but it’s not called rum, it’s called cachaça (ka-SHAH-sa).

Here in the United States, cachaça has mostly been used to make Brazil’s most famous drink: the caipirinha, but open-minded bartenders are beginning to see beyond the caipirinha. These folks are embracing cachaça’s unique flavor profile and finding ways to incorporate this versatile spirit into a variety uniquely pleasing cocktail creations.

Bartender innovation notwithstanding, I still get a lot of folks who ask me “what’s the best cachaça for a caipirinha?” and until recently, I could only recommend a few brands. Seeking to expand my knowledge of sugar cane spirits from Brazil led me to our latest in the spirit challenge series, in which we blind taste every bottle we can acquire in a category  and determine which tastes best.

So without further ado, let’s take the Cachaça Challenge!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carlos permalink
    August 13, 2016 4:59 pm

    Cacharioca By Salinas-MG

  2. Charles permalink
    March 25, 2018 11:41 am

    Article begins with the question: “What’s the Best Cachaça for a Caipirinha?” then links to an article about “What is the best Cachaca?” These are completely different questions with completely different answers. For my taste, I prefer Caipirinhas made with the lower priced cachacas like Pitu and 51.

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