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Jun 4, 2012 12:27 AM

Cachaca and more.

Dear CH,

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?

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  1. Here is a list of the top 20 cachacas as rated by Brazilians - as far as I know the only one of these available in the US (and it is rare) is Germana.

    5 Replies
    1. re: ncyankee101

      Seleta is available in the Boston area. I had some this evening -- really nice stuff.

      1. re: ncyankee101

        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.

        1. re: nickls

          Awesome, I'll check it out. A friend from Brazil keeps telling me to try one called Nega Fulo, but I've never seen it. Have you?

          1. re: davis_sq_pro

            Nope. Admittedly I haven't been looking extra hard, but haven't seen much of interest in the way of Cachacas in the local stores. It's usually just Leblon, Pitu, and Ypioca, if that.

            Where did you pick up the Seleta?

            1. re: nickls

              Kappy's in Malden.

              I wonder if the liquor stores in the Brazilian area of Everett would have a better selection?

      2. 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 cachaca
        1.5oz Pama pomegranate liqueur
        .75 oz lime (Pama is not particularly sweet)

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        1. Make sure that your friend buys good quality cachaca. Cheaper industrial stuff can be quite mediocre.

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