Cachaça is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil and one of the top five most widely consumed spirits in the world. The amount of cachaça imbibed on an annual basis within Brazil is currently estimated at an enormous 10 litres per person.
So why haven’t we heard more about this ubiquitous national spirit? While more than 1 billion litres of the spirit are produced annually, only 1% of cachaça ever manages to leave Brazil, with Germany receiving the lion’s share of this miniscule exported percentage. You may be excused for not yet catching wind of cachaça (ka-SHAH-sa) – it’s still a relative rarity within Canada.
Slowly but surely, that’s changing. The craze for Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha (kai-pur-EEN-yah), is poised to do for cachaça what margaritas did to spur tequila sales outside of Mexico some 30 years ago. Though we have a small selection of quality cachaça available in Canada, growing interest in this unique, smooth and complex-tasting spirit should mean a greater variety will become more readily available. Let’s hope.
Batida de Coco (Makes one cocktail)
Recipe provided by: Mario Cassini, owner and chef, Cajú restaurant, Toronto – www.cajú.ca
- 2 oz (50 mL) Porto Morretes Organic Silver Cachaça
- 2/3 cup (150 mL) coconut milk
- 1 tsp sweetened condensed milk
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice
- Add cachaça, coconut milk and condensed milk
- Shake well to blend and chill.
- Strain and serve over crushed ice or ice cubes.