By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For most foreigners, cachaça is the primary ingredient in that most quintessential Brazilian cocktail, the caipirinha. For many Brazilians it is often underrated as a cheap spirit, mixed with coke or other soft drinks, but that is changing.

Cachaça has been enjoying something of a resurgence in its unadulterated, artisanal form, and for those curious, here are five great places to get (re)acquainted with the national spirit of Brazil.

Café do Bom Cachaça da Boa (Centro)
This old downtown café, located in a listed building . . .

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