Cachaça is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in Brazil and is obtained through the fermentation and distillation of sugarcane juice or molasses. It is a Brazilian icon and the main ingredient of caipirinha, a drink known and loved all over the world.
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First distillate in Latin America
Although there is no precise record of the real place where the first distillation of cachaça took place, it can be said that it took place in Brazilian territory, in some mill on the coast, between the years 1516 and 1532, being, therefore, the first distillate in Latin America.
Cachaça is the typical and exclusive denomination of the sugarcane spirit produced in Brazil, is protected by law and its production is restricted only to Brazil.
Cachaça is consumed worldwide
The national distillate is appreciated worldwide and it is estimated that approximately 85 million bottles of cachaça are consumed every year in the world.
Cachaça has a commemorative day
Cachaça has a special day dedicated only to it! September 13th was chosen in honor of the date when cachaça was officially released for manufacture and sale in Brazil, after a popular revolt in 1661.
Origin of the word cachaça
There are several stories that try to explain the origin of the term cachaça, the most common one relating cachaça to the word ‘cagaça’, the name given to the foam that rose to the surface during the boiling of the sugarcane juice.