Category: Cane, White
Alcohol: 40% (80 proof)
Availability: Almost Everywhere
Price: $16-$23 (1 L)
Pit˙ is the Bacardi (or, considering its
likeness to vodka, Smirnoff) of Brazil; standard, cheap, and
widely available. Cachaša is a rum created using pure cane
juice with little to no aging. Put these two together and you
have an industrially produced and
completely unaged rum, that goes down your through like a
chainsaw on fire.
The first thing to hit you when you open the bottle is the
powerful sting of alcohol. I am not sure if you can run
your car on this stuff, but slap a rag in there and I am pretty
certain you'll have yourself an off-the-shelf molotov cocktail. One sniff of this South American moonshine might
just make rasins of your eyeballs.
Once the dizziness passes, you begin to notice dominating aromas of corn,
tin, and alcohol. Although it's far from smooth, it's not as harsh as the smell
There's a good reason cheap cachaša is also known
in Brazil as agua que passarinho nŃo bebe, or "water that even
birds won't drink." As an ingredient in mixed drinks, it's poor
and I really would not recommend it, especially considering the price.
mixing in caipirinhas, it's barely acceptable but even your
local gas station would likely have better options. In the end, Pit˙ is
probably best suited for sanitizing wounds and for hurling
during civil insurrections.
In other words: AVOID.