Argentina is famous for its delicious wine. Beer in the country is also quite popular. But here’s a list of other famous Argentinean drinks that you should definitely try before you leave the country!
Fernet is the national liquor of Argentina! It apparently helps with digestion after meals. People often drink Fernet either with Coca-Cola, grapefruit juice, or coffee. It is very popular particularly in Buenos Aires and Cordoba; you will most likely see it at parties, barbecues and dinners!
This herbal tea drink originated from northern Argentina, from the Guarani indigenous culture. It’s a natural caffeine that helps you stay awake! It’s made with yerba tea leafs.
Because the leafs are chopped up in bits, people normally drink mate with a metal straw called “bombilla.” This special straw has a filter at the bottom with tiny holes to help you avoid drinking up the leafs.
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Submarinos is Argentina’s unique version of chocolate milk. When you order a submarino, you will be given a glass of warm milk and a bar of quality chocolate. You drop the chocolate into the glass and wait for it to melt; and voilà, you have chocolate milk!
Gancia is similar to wine but it’s more alcoholic and has a lemony flavor. It’s made with over 15 types of herbs and has a bit of sugar in it as well. It’s mostly drink before a meal to stimulate your appetite. An it’s typically mixed with either Sprite or 7Up.
There is also “gancia batido” which is similar to pisco sour. It’s made of gancia, lemon juice, sugar and ice all blended together.
If you’ve been to Buenos Aires, you’ll notice that there is a ridiculously amount of cafes and that it’s a popular trend to visit cute cafes with your friends. Here are 4 vocabularies you should know when ordering:
- Café: this is espresso
- Cortado: this is espresso with a little bit milk
- Café con leche: half-half of espresso and warm milk
- Lágrima: the reverse of a cortado, this is milk with a little bit of espresso
Malbec is Argentina’s purple grape variety that helps it to produce internationally known wine. Malbec wine and Argentinean steak dinner are a perfect combination.
The most common beer in Argentina is called Quilmes. But you may also see the brand Salta in many places as well. Give them both a try!
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