The liquid gold of Â Brazil….CachaÃ§a.
If you`re not familiar with cachaÃ§a i wrote a post aboutÂ cachaÃ§a and rhum agricole long ago and tried to explain the difference between them since they both are made from sugarcane juice and yet so different.
TheÂ cachaÃ§a i have here now,Â JoÃ£o Andante – is a handcrafted artisanal aged cachaÃ§a fromÂ Minas Gerais – and it tastes wonderful…..
Minas Gerais is the biggest and best cachaÃ§a producing state in Brazil and one can always expect a good selection of cachaÃ§asÂ from people from Minas Gerais.
JoÃ£o AndanteÂ has a sweet sugarcane nose with grassy earthy notes and it tastes sweet, buttery and earthty, complex and very smooth – and it`s 40% ABV or 80 proof.
ItÂ´s aged 2 years, one year inÂ amburana wood and one year in oak. TheÂ amburana is known to give a light yellowish tone to theÂ cachaÃ§a and so i guess the oak may impart some brownish/darker hues?
ThereÂ´s not much to read about this cachaÃ§a online so i have no real good info on itÂ´s history or how itÂ´s made. Seeing to that there are so manyÂ cachaÃ§as in Brazil i really would like to see more brands exported, as it is now only a fraction that gets out of Brazil.Â I`m lucky to have a brazilian friend and i can safely say that i wouldn`t have been able to try the greatÂ cachaÃ§as i have tried otherwise.
I have actually only made caipirinhas with my JoÃ£o Andante because it really makes some killerÂ caipirinhas….and just as with a classic daiquiri for real good rums – the simple combination of cachaÃ§a or rum and lime and sugar really allows the flavor of the spirit to shine through.
It also is a very good sippingÂ cachaÃ§a especially with that buttery aftertaste but to round this post off i also made a vanilla version of aÂ caipirinha.
TheÂ JoÃ£o Andante website is only in portugese unfortunately but thereÂ´s always google translate – but that doesnÂ´t always get very accurate..
2 oz JoÃ£o AndanteÂ agedÂ cachaÃ§a
1 large lime to muddle
0.5 oz sugarcane syrup or 2-3 heaped tsp brown sugar
seeds from one vanilla bean
Cut a large lime into 8 wedges and put them in a rocks glass, add vanilla seeds and sugar and muddle. Add cachaÃ§a and crushed ice and stir well. The crushed ice will melt a little and makes the flavors blend wonderfully.
I like sugar rims so i used some molasses sugar mixed with some of the vanilla seeds to rim this one but thatÂ´s not necessary. Then i added a vanilla bean as garnish.
Simple and good…this drink can of course be made with any good cachaÃ§a, preferably artisanal and i think aged goes better with the vanilla as both are naturally dark colored.
Same as above but without vanilla bean. You may make all kinds of Caipirinha variations by adding fruits to the muddle. ItÂ´s such an easy drink to make and the key is good quality and fresh ingredients.
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