Definition of cachaca in US English:


(also cachaça)


  • A Brazilian white rum made from sugar cane.

    • ‘I returned to Brazil in June 1981 to learn that my crew had spent most of their time at the mine drinking cachaca and fishing.’
    • ‘It's unclear when cachaca was first produced, but sometime after sugar cane was introduced to Brazil in the late 16th Century, slaves who harvested the sugarcane were often given the fermented cane juice.’
    • ‘By night, the batida whips in a shot of cachaca (ka-SHA-sa), a spirit from sugar cane juice.’
    • ‘I had a hospitable stay, rice and black beans, Brahma beer, and cachaca.’
    • ‘Like cachaca with the Caipirinha, pisco in the U.S. is inextricably connected with the Pisco Sour.’
    • ‘It also meant that another lime based drink from south of the border, the Caipirinha (made from the Brazilian rum-like spirit cachaca, sugar and muddled limes) suddenly had a chance to break through.’
    • ‘Typical dish tuna marinated in the Brazilian cane liqueur cachaca, served with griddled hot-spiced watermelon, and an avocado hollandaise.’
    • ‘The Caipirinha reigns there as the quintessential Brazilian drink: fresh lime juice, sugar, and high octane cachaca, sugar-cane spirit that makes no claim to rum's smoothness but goes straight for the throat.’
    • ‘Beaches and the ‘body beautiful’, samba and beer, football and the local firewater called cachaca are a way of life here.’
    • ‘Brazilians rightly insist that cachaca belongs in a category of its own.’
    • ‘Recently, through the growing popularity of the Caipirinha, the Brazilian liquor made from unrefined sugarcane juice called cachaca has started making its way onto more back bars, especially in Latin American restaurants.’
    • ‘Brazil produces one billion liters of cachaca a year, and there are more than 4,000 different brands, mostly selling for about $1 per bottle.’
    • ‘Made with cachaca (kah-SHA-sah) a clear spirit made from first-pressed Brazilian sugar cane, the cocktail is the next big Latin thing.’


Mid 19th century: Brazilian Portuguese, from Portuguese cacaça ‘(white) rum’.