(Portuguese pronunciation:(k -shä s-ah)) is a liquor made from fermented sugarcane.
It is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil. It is also known by many other names, as in the list that follows. It is typically between 38% and 54% alcohol by volume. 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. Cachaça is prior to crystallisation of sugar. Molasses is produced after crystallisation. Outside Brazil, cachaça is used almost exclusively as an ingredient in tropical drinks, with the caipirinha being the most famous cocktail.