Cachaça was the first Brasillian invention decades before Bartolomeu de Gusmão's revolutionary hot-air balloon or Santos Dumont's airplane. Though records of its creation are sketchy, it is certain that its invention coincides with the cultivation of sugar cane, the country's first mass crop.
The first seedlings of sugar cane came from Asia in ships commanded by Portuguese coloniser Martin Afonso de sousa arround 1532.Records indicate that the drink was first created in a plantation arround São Vicente, on the southeastern coast of São Paulo,Brasil.
Rum (made from the distillation of molasses) was being made well before the first sugar cane seddlings reached land in the Americas. This drink was eventually produced in Brasil untill someone, by curiosity or clumsiness, filled the still not with molasses, but with fermented sugar cane juice. The result was a less sweet drink with an intense, pleasant aroma. There, one of the world's main spirits was Born: Cachaça.
1 1/4 oz Sagatiba pura Cachaça
3 bsp of vanilla sugar
3/4 oz of passion fruit
1 small slice of chilli pepper
Mix and stirr all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and double strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with chilli pepper and a vanilla stick.
Courtesy of "Cachaça Sagatiba, pure spirit of Brasil" http://www.sagatiba.com/