Cachaça is a Brazilian liquor made from distilled sugar cane juice. While rum is distilled from molasses, cachaça is distilled directly from the juice of the unrefined sugar cane. Prior to distillation the juice ferments in a wood or copper container for three weeks, and is then boiled down three times to a concentrate. Cachaça is always distilled in such a way that the scent of sugar cane and inimitable flavor typical of rum are retained.
Cachaça is sometimes known as caxaca, caxa or chacha.
Brazil has 4,000 brands of cachaça and the country produces 1 billion liters of the beverage per year. It is one of the most consumed drinks in Brazil, second only to beer.