Chile is known for its wine and pisco, but the country also has so many delicious cocktails and beverages that you must try when you are visiting! Here is a list of top Chilean drinks that you have to taste:
Piscola is a mix of pisco and Coca-Cola. Sometimes people mix pisco with Sprite as well; but in my opinion, piscola tastes much better.
2. Pisco Sour:
This is a cocktail made with pisco and lemon juice. It’s a classic.
If you are a fan of pisco, there’s a bar called Chipe Libre in the Lastarria neighborhood that has the largest variety of pisco drinks. They offer both Peruvian and Chilean brandy. Chipe Libre is so great, they’ve even declared themselves the “republic of pisco.”
Address: José Victorino Lastarria 282
Mon-Wed 12:30 pm to 12:30 am
Thurs-Sat 12:30 pm to 1 am
This is a traditional Chilean cocktail made with pipeño wine, pineapple juice, fernet, and grenadine. It’s called “terremoto”, meaning “earthquake”, because it’s a slightly sweet drink which often covers the alcohol taste, and you don’t notice how much you’re drinking until the alcohol hits you! Not all bars and restaurants have terremotos because it’s a special cocktail; but you can surely find them in most places around Bellavista on Pio Nono Street.
To mix cocktails and nature, check out this Embalse El Yeso and Cocktail tour here!
4. Borgoña (The Burgundy):
A traditional Chilean cocktail that is made with red wine, chopped strawberries, and sugar. Some places also offer this drink with peaches or even cherimoyas!
Similar to Borgoña, this drink is made with red wine. But instead of fruits, you get a mixture of red wine, Coca-Cola, and sometimes a slice of lemon.
This warm red wine is garnished with orange slices, sugar, and spices. It’s a must try and the perfect winter drink.
Chela is slang for beer in Chile. Some top brands of Chilean chela that you should try are:
- Austral: One of the oldest premium brands, and based in Punta Arenas.
- Kross: According to Wikipedia, this company has won the most prizes of all Chilean breweries in the last two years.
- Kunstmann: One of the oldest breweries from southern Chile, and based in Valdivia, Chile
If you are a beer lover, there’s one place you must visit, and that’s Bar The Clinic. This bar is covered with political cartoons and is one of the best spots to try local craft brews.
Address: Constitución 181, Providencia
Mon-Fri 4 pm to 3 am
Saturdays 4 pm to 4 am
A fermented beverage usually derived from maize. You can either order a “chica de jora”, (which is corn beer) or “chicha morado” (which is a non-alcoholic beverage). Chicha can also be made from yuca (manioc root), grape, or apple.
A famous place to try chicha is Las Pipas de Einstein – a small local bar that makes its own chicha!
Address: Avda. Einstein 1202
Mon-Sat 9 am to 8 pm
Sundays 9 am to 4 pm
9. Mote con Huesillo:
This is more of a Chilean dessert than a beverage. Mote con huesillo is a non-alcoholic drink made from mote (wheat) and peaches. It’s a traditional beverage which is often sold at street stands, and you can basically find them at any big park. This is the perfect drink for a hot summer day.
10. Cola de Mono:
An aguardiente liquor made with milk, cinnamon, coffee, and sugar. This is a classic Chilean Christmas drink. Because it’s a holiday drink, Chileans often make it at home. Click here for the recipe.
11. Ponche a la Romana:
This is a drink made with pineapple, champagne, sugar, and pineapple ice cream. Traditionally, it’s a New Year’s drink! Chileans often make this drink at home too. Click here for the recipe.
Vaina is made with port wine, cognac or white vermouth, and egg yolk, with cinnamon sprinkled on top. You can mostly find this at local restaurants, but if you’d like to make it at home, there’s also a good recipe here!
This is just a list of the top traditional beverages. There are a bunch more that you can check out on the TheBesty‘s local guide. In this guide, you can also find descriptions and photos of Chilean cuisine and desserts; as well as special offers for bars and restaurants all around Santiago!
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