Cachaca and more.
I am pretty ignorant about spirits. Rum has been always one of my favorite due its versatility. A friend is going to Brazil and I asked him to bring me some Cachaca. Now my questions are:
1. If he is buying two/three bottles only, what should he go for?
2. Apart from Caipirinha, what else can I make with it. Can I substitute for rum?
3. What else, apart from Cachaca, is good in Brazil?
Help me out please?
I can vouch for Germana. It is available around here (Martignetti's Soldier Field Rd) and is very tasty. Something about it reminds me of chocolate chip cookies: maybe the mixture of the raw sugar and vanilla notes from the oak?
I have often heard that Minas Gerais makes some of the best Cachacas, but I have only tried a couple that were brought back from Brazil, and I failed to note their brand names.
Try subbing cachaca for light rum or blanco tequila in recipes. The flavor is quite different, but often compatible with the recipe.
2 parts cachaca
1 to 2 parts liqueur (depending upon how flavorful the liqueur is)
Lime sufficient to balance the liqueur, generally half to the same amount as the liqueur, depending upon how sweet the liqueur is
Add muddled mint if that flavor is compatible with the liqueur.
So for example
1.5oz Pama pomegranate liqueur
.75 oz lime (Pama is not particularly sweet)
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Make sure that your friend buys good quality cachaca. Cheaper industrial stuff can be quite mediocre.