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4 Must-Try Chilean Cocktails and Where to Experience Them Like a Local

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Whether you’ve already visited the beautiful lands of Chile, or you are still planning this great adventure, you probably know that the country is famous all over the world for the amazing quality and affordability of the wines it produces. But Chile also impresses travelers with its breathtaking beauty, mouthwatering cuisine, and the delicious cocktails it offers, many of them made with wine, as well as with the fresh, seasonal fruits.

If you are a cocktail aficionado, continue reading this article and find out which are the best Chilean cocktails and where to experience them like a local.

Must-Try Chilean Cocktails: Terremoto

If you are interested in a drink that makes your legs shake, Terremoto is a cocktail you’ll love. Translated into English as ‘Earthquake’, this tasty drink is made with is pipeño, a kind of young, sweet, fortified wine, pineapple ice cream and a bit of aromatic Fernet.

Where does this drink come from? According to most sources, the extremely popular restaurant-bar known as El Hoyo and located in Santiago invented it. So, if you want to indulge in one of the best Chilean cocktails, you should go to this charming place in Santiago, ask for a glass of Terremoto, and get ready for having “jelly legs”.

The Terremoto cocktail: This mixture of wine and pineapple ice cream is drunk in taverns away from the most tourist routes

Must-Try Chilean Cocktails: Borgoña

Another delicious cocktail, made with local wine and some of the delicious Chilean fruit, is Borogoña. The wine you will find in this drink is the popular Carménère, which combined with fresh chopped strawberries, makes the perfect punch-like cocktail. If you are a Chilean wine connoisseur, you probably guessed that this drink originated in the central valleys of Chile, an area filled with famous wineries.

Ingredients for preparing the best Borgoña: 500 gr of strawberries, 4 tablespoons of sugar 2 tablespoons of orange liqueur. 1 bottle of red wine (750 ml).

You can indulge in a glass of Borgoña right after it was prepared, or you can leave it to infuse. Some people even ad a bit of sugar. However you choose to enjoy it, no other drink says summer in Chile like this one.

You will find this delicious punch at Chilean many restaurants and bars, as well as at street fairs. Don Victorino is a great place in Santiago, where they prepare an amazing Borgoña.

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Must-Try Chilean Cocktails: Cola de Mono

Big fans of Baileys will instantly fall in love with Cola de Mono, another drink that deserves to be on the list of the best Chilean cocktails. This milky cocktail is so similar to the Irish Cream, that many people refer to it as the “Chilean baileys”.

Cola de mono Cockteil: The base of the drink is milk, coffee, cinnamon and a touch aguardiente

Cola de Mono is made with aguardiente spirit, milk, sugar, coffee and cloves. Some add cinnamon and orange zest, and many Chileans use condensed milk instead of adding sugar.

Locals usually have Cola de Mono around Christmas and New Year. You can also find it in the shops, during the festive periods, but the homemade version is better. So, the best way to drink Cola de Mono like a local is to make it. Don’t worry, the recipe is very easy to follow.

Must-Try Chilean Cocktails: Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour must be among the best Chilean cocktails, even if many people believe it is a Peruvian invention. Though locals of both countries love it, the taste is different in each of them. In Chile, Pisco, the delicious grape brandy is made in Elqui Valley region and aged in wooden barrels, while the Peruvian version is not aged.

In the 16th century the Spanish conquistadores bought grape vines over to South America to make their own wine. The story goes that Pisco was then created, using the left over grapes that could not be used for the wine

The tasty Chilean Pisco Sour is made of the already mentioned brandy, lemon juice, powdered sugar and ice. That’s it! Peruvians also add an egg white.

Are you wondering where to indulge in this drink? A great place, where locals love going is Chipe Libre – Républica Independiente del Pisco, a charming bar in Santiago.

These are the four must-try Chilean cocktails, but, as you probably imagine, there are more tasteful drinks waiting for you in this beautiful country! Check our suggested trip to the winelands of Chile, if you are a gourmet travel, you will love it! or contact us and we can customize your trip!

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