The best way to enjoy a sunny day in Guatemala is by having a sip of the finest drinks the country has to offer. Dating back to pre-colonial times and the Mayan Empire, Guatemala is known for having a rich history of beverages. Trying out a wide variety of beers, spirits, and nonalcoholic drinks will make your stay in the country worthwhile. Here are the best drinks Guatemala has to offer.
Rum is a popular drink enjoyed by the people of this country. Guatemala has a reputation for producing some of the world’s best-distilled rum you can find. Award-winning rum made in eastern Guatemala that you could try out is Zacapa Centenario. This brand is known to have a unique taste, and it comes in different varieties. It can also be presented as a gift to families and friends.
Horchata is a traditional drink made from rice, water, cinnamon, evaporated milk, vanilla, and ice. Although made from rice, it can be found in other Latin American countries. The drink can be prepared at home, or you can find it in local stores around the country. Horchata can be served hot with cooked rice or with chocolate.
If you want to enjoy one of the best beers in Guatemala, Gallo is the right choice for you. Dating back to 1896, Gallo is referred to as the country’s oldest continually brewed beer produced in the capital city. It is a medium-strength lager that means ‘rooster’ and holds a cultural force in Guatemala. You can find the beer in any bar and restaurant in the country.
Just as some drinks are drunk regularly, some drinks are served on special occasions. Ponche is a traditional drink in Guatemala that is served during Christmas Eve, but you will find many families preparing it as soon as the evening weather starts getting chilly. If you want to have a taste of this drink, then it is best to visit Guatemala at this time of the year. Ponche is a fruit punch known to have its origin in a similar drink consumed by the Persians called ‘Panch.’ It is prepared from added cinnamon and spices that complement the sweetness of the fruit base. There are different versions of the drink in Guatemala, with families having their own recipes but commonly prepared from fruits, cinnamon, and sugar.
Limonada Con Soda
The must-try beverage, especially for a hot day, is Limonada con Soda. It is a popular drink known to quench thirst easily in Guatemala. Limonada is prepared from carbonated mineral water, sugar, fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice. It can be made at home, especially when the necessary recipes are available. It can also be purchased freshly prepared from grocery stores.
Guatemala loves coffee. The country is also renowned for producing one of the best coffees in the world but is restricted to some tourist areas. It is mostly enjoyed with milk with the addition of plenty of sugar. You wouldn’t want to miss out the instant coffee with powdered milk that makes it a favorite of the Guatemalans.