If you want to enjoy standard South American cuisine with some Brazillian influence, then a visit to Paraguay will be worthwhile. Apart from its delicious cuisines, Paraguay is famous for its drinks like tea, coffee, juices, soft drinks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. You can stroll into any clubs or bars in the country and settle for any of these drinks, but before you do that, here is a list of the finest drinks in Paraguay you should definitely try out.
Although known to be the national drink of Paraguay, Mate is also a traditional drink in other South American countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil. It is made by an infusion of dried leaves of yerba mate, even though it contains mateine (an analog of caffeine). The drink is served in a hollow calabash gourd among a group of friends in bars sipping it from a special metallic drinking straw called ‘Bombilla.’ Mate is sold under different trade names in other countries where it can be found but commonly sold as ‘Cruz de Malta’ (Maltese cross) in Paraguay.
Terere is a drink you shouldn’t miss out while on vacation in Paraguay. It is an alcoholic drink that originates from the country, which most people drink as their favorite. Although known as a caffeine-laden drink that is brewed with cold water, it has its base from Yerba mate, which sometimes can be augmented with various liquors. It is the perfect drink to suit relaxation on a cold day.
Beer is a drink that is enjoyed across the world, and Paraguay has no exception for that. Paraguay is famous for its unique beer brands such as Polar lager, which is brewed in Asuncion by the capital brewery’s company. Pilsen is another popular beer in Paraguay that is available virtually everywhere. Other beers are sourced from other countries and can be found in most bars and stores throughout Paraguay.
The quickest drink you can get in a store or bar to quench your taste on arrival to Paraguay is this local alcoholic beverage known as Cana Rum. Locals see it as a similar drink to its nonalcoholic sister called ‘mosto juice’ as a result of the comparison between its flavors. Cana Rum is brewed from sugar cane plant that grows all over the country and has a very sweet and refreshing taste. The light and sweet color are as a result of the brewing process first laid down by the Paraguayan Jesuits.
Have you ever heard of a drink that is said to ward off bad spirits? If no, then you should visit Paraguay and have a taste of this drink. Carrulim is famous for being the traditional beverage of the Guarani people, the largest indigenous group in Paraguay. The drink is believed to ward off illnesses associated with the warm winds of August. It is made from distilled sugar cane, herbs, and lemon and can be bought every first of August, where you will find it in several markets and stores.