Cachaça, a Brazilian spirit made from sugarcane, is often served mixed into a Caipirinha, a cocktail made with sugar and lime. And that’s really all you want to do with it here in the United States—the artisanal cachaças that are suitable for sipping straight are almost never found outside of Brazil, says streetgourmetla.

streetgourmetla prefers Mãe de Ouro for Caipirinhas, and kare_raisu agrees: It has a “balanced and interesting flavor,” says kare_raisu. Ypoica and 51 are also acceptable for making Caipirinhas, says streetgourmetla. “These are the standard well cachaças and are perfectly fine for a Caipirinhas, and actually fantastic when made properly,” he says, but sipping cachaças they are not—unless you’re a party animal.

For fine sipping cachaças, says streetgourmetla, “Go to Brazil.”

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