Camila Alves, Mathew McConaughey’s brazilian fiancee gives away cachaça at Nasdaq

Brazilian model Camila Alves, engaged to actor Matthey McConaughey, closed the trading of the Nasdaq Stock Market, NY, ringing the bell, this Thursday, 9th of february.

After closing the activities, the model decided to present everyone with a shot of the pure Brazilian cachaça Leblon.

Camila Alves, Mathew McConaughey’s brazilian fiancee gives away cachaça at Nasdaq

If you don’t know what cachaça is, read below to find out what is this brazilian national drink:

It is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil. It is also known as aguardente, pinga, caninha and many other names.

Cachaça is mostly produced in Brazil, and it’s typically between 38% and 48% alcohol by volume. When it is homemade it can be as strong as the distiller wants. Up to six grams per litre of sugar may be added. The major difference between cachaça and rum is that rum is usually made from molasses, a by-product from refineries that boil the cane juice to extract as much sugar crystal as possible, while cachaça is made from fresh sugarcane juice that is fermented and distilled. However, many rums are also made from distilled sugar cane juice. That’s why cachaça is also known as Brazilian rum.

There are two types of cachaça: artisanal and industrial.

Cachaça, like rum, has two varieties: unaged (white) and aged (gold). White cachaça is usually bottled immediately after distillation and tends to be cheaper (some producers age it for up to 12 months in wooden barrels to achieve a smoother blend). It is often used to prepare caipirinha and other beverages in which cachaça is an ingredient. Dark cachaça, usually seen as the “premium” variety, is aged in wood barrels and is meant to be drunk straight (it is usually aged for up to 3 years though some “ultra premium” cachaças have been aged for up to 15 years). Its flavour is influenced by the type of wood the barrel is made from.

There are very important regions in Brazil where fine still pot cachaça is produced such as Salinas in Minas Gerais state, Paraty in Rio de Janeiro state, Monte Alegre do Sul in São Paulo state and Abaíra in Bahia state. Actually, cachaça’s producers can be found in most Brazilian regions and in 2011 there were over 40,000 of them.

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Joe Cloud
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.