As today is both Dia dos Namorados (Brazil’s answer to Valentine’s Day) and International Cachaça Day, it’s the perfect occasion to acquaint yourself with the Brazilian national drink, which also happens to be cachaça.
This particular day was earmarked to celebrate cachaça because it was on this date, in 1744, that Portugal, the then colonial power in Brazil, outlawed both the making and selling of cachaça.
If you're not au fait with cachaça's flavour potential, we recommend you try it in a Caipirinha, pronounced "kie-pur-reen-yah". The name of this traditional Brazilian cocktail translates as "little countryside drink".
And if you're going to make a day of it then may we suggest some other cachaça cocktails to try:
Bitter in Brazil
Mure & Lavender Batida