There are so many drinks that we find ourselves enjoying during hot summers like this one, but do we even know where they originate from? Read through this article to find out more about the national drinks of Latin American countries and learn a little bit about their history along with how to make them!
Cuba – Cuba Libre
This drink is known in North America as simply a rum and coke, combining rum, coca cola and lime. However, many who love the drink are unaware of its interesting history, as it is said to have originated out of the end of the American occupation of Cuba. The chant “Por Cuba Libre!” (“For a free Cuba!) christened the drink with its name, which has stuck for decades. A Cuba Libre (rum and coke) is now the most popular cocktail in the world! Read more about its history here.
Costa Rica – Guaro Sour
Like many of the drinks on this list, Guaro is a liquor made in many countries in Latin America that is distilled from the juices of sugar cane. This causes it to be a bit sweeter than other liquors. Costa Rica is known for their Guaro Sour, a drink composed of Guaro, lime juice, sugar and club soda. It’s a refreshing drink that is super easy to duplicate at home! Check out a simple recipe here.
El Salvador – Pilsener
This beer is considered to be El Salvador’s national drink along with the country’s most popular drink. It is smooth and light, perfect for any event or outing. It is known to be an extremely affordable drink, usually never costing more than a couple of dollars, which might be a factor in its popularity!
Guatemala – Gallo
Pronounced “GAI-yo,” meaning “rooster,” this beer is made in a brewery in Guatemala City. For the longest time, Gallo was synonymous with beer in this country as it is the only type of lager that people would drink. Whenever any other brand of beer comes into competition, Gallo beats it out due to the nostalgic feeling it evokes from all of its devoted drinkers.
Nicaragua – Flor de Caña Macua
This refreshing cocktail is made primarily from Nicaragua’s famous Flor de Caña rum, known as the number one rum produced in the world! El Macua is made up of this rum along with a variety of fruit juices and simple syrup, resulting in a delicious fruity taste and a drink that is perfect for the summer time! Check out an easy recipe here.
Mexico – Tequila
You know how important Tequila is in Mexico when you find out that there is a National Museum of Tequila in the country, not to mention that it is located in a town called Tequila! The drink is distilled from the blue agave plant, and is most traditionally drunk in Mexico neat, with no lime or salt. Learn more about the interesting history of the drink here.
Panama – Seco Hererrano
This white spirit derived from sugarcane is distilled three times, resulting in a delicious drink that is popular all across Panama. It is described as a “high-proof version” of rum by chef Jose Carles. Seco Hererrano is made in central Panama and used to be traditionally mixed with milk and ice to drink.
Argentina – Fernet con Coca
Fernet con Coca, aka Fernet and Coke, is a drink that is usually difficult to swallow for foreigners, but for local Argentinians it is unbeatable. Fernet is an Italian liquor with a reputation for tasting worse than medicine, but it is so popular in Argentina that it is their unofficial national drink. According to an article by CNN, the popularity of Fernet con Coca has contributed to Argentina being one of the highest coke consumers in the world — drinking four times the global average!
Brazil – Caipirinha
This classic Brazilian cocktail is made from Cachaça, another Latin American spirit made from sugarcane juices. Mixing Cachaça with sugar, limes and ice cubes results in Caipirinha, a delicious and refreshing drink that is perfect for warm weather and pairs well with most summer meals. Check out a super simple recipe here.
Chile and Peru – Pisco
Chilean Pisco is not to be confused with Peruvian Pisco, otherwise the citizens of each country might just never speak to you again! Although it is considered to be the national spirit of both countries, both of them produce it in their own ways. The drink is a brandy distilled from local grapes, described to be very aromatic and lightly sweet. You can find out more about the differences between Chilean and Peruvian Piscos here.
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