If you hear cries of "Legalize cachaça!" across the city Sunday, don't be alarmed. It's just fans of the popular Brazilian sugarcane spirit marching to recognize its independence. (Technically, cachaça is already legal. But distiller Leblon Cachaça wants to highlight the fact that although it’s frequently described as Brazilian rum, it’s not — most rum is made from molasses.)
The tippling masses will kick things off at the Liberty Tree at the corner of Essex and Washington Street at 5:30 p.m. and then head to Rumba (6-7 p.m.), The Beehive (7-8 p.m.), Tremont 647 (8-9 p.m.), Vox Populi (9-10 p.m.), and Eastern Standard (10 p.m. until close).
ES star bartender Jackson Cannon had this to say about the cause:
“For whatever reason, the U.S. is the only country in the world which makes the Brazilians label their cachaça as Brazilian rum... Just like cognac, champagne, and tequila, cachaça has its own unique character, culture, and history, and the Brazilians deserve to have their national spirit recognized by its national name: Cachaça.”
Cocktail aficionados, Brazilians, and other interested parties are welcome to join the march at any point along the way. Caipirinhas for all!
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