South America consists of various countries, and one of them is Argentina.
Besides being famous for its football, the land of silver also has a unique tradition of unique drinks, especially because there was a cultural meeting between the natives and the colonies.
So, here are the popular drinks in Argentina you should try.
Antares is a craft beer brand in Argentina that is well known among residents of the country. The brewery was first opened in 1998.
The brightest star inspired this drink’s name in the constellation Scorpio, useful in navigation.
Most of the beers made by Antares use the IPA standard or Indian Pale Ale. One of the specialty beer products is Honey Beer.
The beer is dark yellow with a soft character with a minty and fruity taste. The alcohol is quite high at around 7.5%.
17. La Dorita Dulce de Leche Liqueur
La Dorita is a liquor brand that makes Dulce de Leche liquor.
The drink is made from natural milk originating from Argentina but processed in Pennsylvania, USA. Dulce de Leche is actually preserved milk and has a golden brown color.
Traditionally, jam-like milk is made by preserving milk with sugar similar to apple butter, but Dulce de Leche is made without adding pectin.
The texture itself is very soft, which is like velvet.
Chica is an alcoholic or non-alcoholic fermented drink from South America, especially around the Andes and Amazonia regions.
Before the Spanish conquest, Chica was often made from landraces of corn, which was known as beer corn or ‘Chica de Jora.’
Chica is also sometimes made from various other ingredients according to local culture.
Such as wild plants, including quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), Kaniwa (Chenopodium pallidicaule), peanuts, cassava, coconut fruit, potatoes, and other ingredients.
Tereré or Terere is an infused drink originating from Guarani, Argentina, made from yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis), similar to Mate but served with cold water.
It is also served with a larger container and dates from the Pre-Columbian era.
This drink traditionally originated in the Guaranitic region, which was strengthened by Guaraní-Jesuit missionaries in the 17th to 18th centuries.
The people of Guarani refer to this drink as ‘ka’ay,’ where ‘ka’a‘ means herb and ‘y‘ means water.
14. Coffee in Argentina
Coffee in Argentina has a strong influence on Italian culture, especially thanks to Italian immigrants in the South American country.
Nonetheless, Argentines manage to enjoy Italian coffee styles with a local twist, whether from robusta or arabica coffee beans.
Before the Starbucks coffee business entering Argentina, coffee was actually well-brewed in local coffee shops.
Both in big cities like Buenos Aires, Rosario, and Cordoba. It even spawned a well-known local coffee shop chain.
Schneider is a beer brand produced by Compañía de Cervercerías Unidas Argentina (CCUA).
The company is the third-largest beer producer in Argentina, with a market share of around 16%. Its production is in the provinces of Salta and also Santa Fe.
CCUA distributes beer products throughout Argentina through distribution points in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Rosario.
There are three types of beer produced under Schneider, Rubia, Fuerte, and Negra, named after the Spanish word.
12. Cerveza Quilmes
Cerveza Quilmes or Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes is an Argentine brewery founded in 1888 in Quilmes, province of Buenos Aires.
The brewery was founded by a German immigrant named Otto Bemberg.
There are various types of beer produced by Cerveza Quilmes.
For example, there are Quilmes Clásica with the lager type, then there are Quilmes Bock a bock beer, Quilmes Stout, Quilmes Red Lager and Iguana as a red lager beer, and Norte which is a pilsener beer.
11. Buenos Aires wine
Buenos Aires wine is a wine that comes from the province of Buenos Aires.
Premium wines have been produced for a long time during the first decades of the 21st century.
The wineries are located in the south of the province, especially around the Médanos region.
Wines from this region won silver medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2009, the world’s largest wine contest celebrated in London.
Médanos has unique conditions and climates ideal for fine wineries.
10. Mate Cocido
Mate cocido or ‘boiled mate’ and sometimes called Cocido is an infusion Argentina drink and Southern Cone countries in Latin America.
At first glance, the drink is similar to Mate but with a lighter taste with almost the same content.
Mate cocido is also made from the yerba mate plant in water, then filtered and served in a glass.
However, currently, Mate Cocido is also available in commercial packaging and prepared like tea. Mate cocido was first introduced around the 17th century.
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Torrontés is a type of Argentinean white wine that is cultivated in the provinces of Catamarca, La Rioja, Mendoza, Salta, San Juan and Rio Negro in Argentina.
It is considered the finest white wine worldwide in its kind.
Torrontés grapes are medium-sized bunches with round, medium-sized fruits and usually have a yellowish-green or golden color.
The leaves themselves are dark green with a pentagon shape, which makes them look quite charming.
8. Mendoza Wine
Mendoza wine is the most important wine-producing region in Argentina. The province accounts for nearly two-thirds of all wine production.
The wine production in Mendoza is primarily pitcher and premium wines.
The province, which lies east of the Andes and the Aconcagua mountains, has vineyards that are divided into two main departments Maipú and Luján.
The vineyards are planted at several elevations with an average location of about 600 to 1,100 masl.
7. Corn Ulpada
Corn Ulpada is a traditional non-alcoholic drink from the province of Jujuy in the northern region of Argentina.
As the name implies, Corn Ulpada is made by combining corn flour or “ulpada” with water and sugar. Usually served directly on the breakfast menu.
Yellow corn flour is the common variety used most often in this drink. Although sometimes also replaced with flour made from fava beans.
Corn Ulpada comes from the time of the Inca civilization and is still consumed by indigenous people.
Añapa is a non-alcoholic drink made from carob (Ceratonia siliqua) or the Algarrobo Blanco plant which is derived from the Prosopis alba species.
Indigenous people in the Andes mountains mostly make this drink.
Products made from carob have long been considered to have important nutritional value for residents in this region.
One of them is Añapa, which is made from fifty whole carobs. The fruit is crushed into a paste then mixed with water and filtered.
5. Amargo Obrero
Amargo Obrero is a dark brown bitter characterized by herbs with a licorice-like taste.
The drink was created in 1887 as a response to high-end sugary drinks. Since then, Amargo Obrero has become popular among Argentines.
Workers widely consume Amargo Obrero, so it is nicknamed the “bitter worker.”
This drink was discovered in Rosario, Santa Fe, in 1888 as a mixture of aromatic herbs and was intended as a folk drink.
Hesperidina is a classic Argentine aperitif made from bitter and sweet oranges and contains lots of flavonoids. So that these drinks have a high antioxidant effect.
The name Hesperidina comes from the Greek myth of the character Hesperides.
This drink was discovered in 1964 by an American immigrant named Melville Sewell Bagley in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Originally from New Orleans, USA, Bagley moved to Argentina and worked as a drugstore “La Estrella” in Buenos Aires.
3. Fernet con coca
Fernet is an Italian liquor that is a type of amaro, bitters, and aromatic spirits.
The drink is very popular in Argentina, especially in the form of Fernet con coca, which is traditionally made by mixing Fernet with Coke or Cola.
The ingredients used in fernet are so diverse that they are known for their rich taste.
Several herbs and spices in Fernet are like myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe vera, and especially turmeric, based on grapes.
2. El Submarino
Submarino or El Submarino which means submarine in Spanish is a traditional drink in Argentina.
El Submarino is made from a stick of dark chocolate melted in a glass of hot milk and stirred with a long spoon until dissolved.
This drink is often enjoyed in winter and traditionally served in long glass cups.
Also, the glass stand is designed with a handle to keep it from feeling hot. Because Submarino is served hot so that the chocolate melts.
Mate or maté, also known as chimarrão and cimarrón, is Argentina’s national drink.
Mate is like tea, made from the infusion of dried leaves from the yerba mate plant, rich in caffeine. Usually drunk with a metal straw from a container.
Initially, Mate was consumed by South America’s indigenous people, namely the Guaraní and Tupi tribes.
The yerba mate plant is first dried by its leaves, cut into pieces, and ground into a powder mixture called yerba or means herb, then soaked in hot water.
So those are some of the original Argentinean drinks, as previously explained, the drinking traditions in the country have indeed been influenced by the acculturation between indigenous and colonial cultures.
So, are you getting interested in trying it?