Review: Cuca Fresca Cachaca and Caipirinha

Review: Cuca Fresca Cachaca and Caipirinha

Cuca Fresca Premium Cachaça

It’s been a while — too long, perhaps — since we sampled a new cachaca at Drinkhacker HQ, but Cuca Fresca has arrived to our watering palates.

Cuca Fresca Cachaca – This unaged Brazilian rum is intensely fragrant, filling the room with sweet lime notes. The body is more typical of cachaca, with that smoky character that all young cachaca tends to have, but it’s balanced by a good amount of sweetness and citrus. The finish is light and even refreshing, something I rarely say about cachaca. A great choice for starting your caipirinhas. 80 proof. A- / $18 

Cuca Fresca Classic Caiprinha – Don’t want the trouble of mixing lime and sugar with your cachaca to make a caiprinha? Pour this pre-mixed version directly on the rocks. This 44-proof concoction claims only natural ingredients — cachaca, lime, and sugar (which settles on the bottom of the bottle — shake well!) — so I had awfully high hopes. It certainly doesn’t taste bad, but it’s a little heavy on the sweet and doesn’t have enough lime for my tastes. It’ll work in a pinch, but it’s unfortunately not really a substitute for the real deal. (When is it ever?) Note that the cork-topped bottle tends to leak when shaken. Cuidado! B / $18 per 1-liter bottle

Cuca Fresca Cachaca




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  1. Phil on December 6, 2009 at 11:34 am


    You might also be interested in the outcome of Cuca Fresca’s “Shake Your Way To Brazil” cocktail contest.

    I have a video and recipes for the five finalists’ creations.

  2. Max on December 20, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Cuca Fresca is organic too….And don’t forget it is available in Canada too

  3. packy on April 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I had a pleasure of tasting it in Vancover.

  4. blablah on June 11, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Stay away! I heard through the grapevine that the is crap swimming in those bottles. Apparently, it is not bottled in sanitary conditions. Yuck!

  5. thetruth on June 11, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Struggling business who is trying hard to get the product out there, but it is bad product. Check their bottles before you drink!

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