Mixology in Colombia: A guide to the best and most popular cocktails

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Mixology is so much more than gin cocktails or vodka cocktails. Besides having liquor, the experience of having cocktails has transcended. Colombia takes the lead on this elevated art by creating popular cocktails with different products, given the appropriate conditions in the country for growing exotic fruits, plants and herbs.

Recently, the term mixology has been rescued from the late nineteenth century to revitalize your usual cocktail experience. Although it still centers around the art of crafting cocktails, mixology has a deeper interest in achieving the perfect balance of the different ingredients that comprise the best mixed drinks.

To make the perfect cocktail, mixology uses the most modern techniques of haute cuisine to create new versions of familiar distilled beverages, jams or purees with different fruits and spices. A few examples include Basil aguardiente, chili liquor, rose petal jelly, and even guava juice among others.

Every aroma, texture, and flavor of these cocktails has the same level of importance because in mixology balance is everything. From the presentation- including the glass used- to the garnish served for the decoration and the scent, everything is taken into account during the artistic process of creating new and popular cocktails.

Colombia transcends in the experience offering something more than just popular cocktails

In Colombia, mixology is so much more than that. Thanks to the location of the country and all the biodiversity that surrounds every region, the territory grows some of the most exotic and tasteful fruits in the world. It is what gives each drink the spicy or bittersweet personality to the cocktails and the smoked or lavender aroma that comes from within.

An immersive experience from sight to palate, we invite you to discover the cocktails that embody the mysticism of our country and evoke #TheBestOfColombia

Fruity cocktails: Lulada Mai Tai, one of the best mixed drinks

City: Bogotá
Neighborhood: Usaquén
Recipe from: Pedro Mandinga Rum Bar Cl. 117 #6a-05

The Colombian version of the traditional Tiki Cocktail, Mai Tai, but with our very own special twist. A burst of flavors so refreshing it won’t be easy to forget. We predict this drink is on the line to be one of the most popular cocktails in the country.

Besides the main ingredients below, this recipe also includes cashew milk, two types of rum (one dry and the other made of panela), Cointreau or orange liqueur and lemon juice.

Hover over the card and discover the ingredients of each cocktail!

Lulada Mai Tai, one of the most popular cocktails from Pedro Mandinga | Colombia Country Brand
Lulada Mai Tai, one of the most popular cocktails from Pedro Mandinga | Colombia Country Brand

Click on the video below to learn the Lulada Mai Tai recipe.

Jarabe Andino, inspired in the guava juice nostalgia

City: Bogotá
Neighborhood: Quinta Camacho
Recipe from: Huerta Bar Cl. 69 a #10-15

The perfect combination of stimulating and sweet, this cocktail is inspired in one of the most common juices of the generation that followed the Baby Boomers (generation X) and their family memories: sharing a guava juice for lunch.

Aside from its main ingredient, it also has Aperol, lemon juice, Beefeater gin, and sugarcane molasses.

Jarabe Andino, one of the most popular cocktails from Huerta Bar | Colombia Country Brand
Jarabe Andino, one of the most popular cocktails from Huerta Bar | Colombia Country Brand

El Mito de Camacho, destined to be one of the most popular cocktails

City: Bogotá
Neighborhood: Quinta Camacho
Recipe from: Llorente Cra. 9  #69-7

With just one sip of this spicy and sweet cocktail, you will feel incredibly invigorated. Be ready to experience how your palate is awakened with the freshness of citrus and real tomato-fruit that embodies this spirited beverage.

In addition to the two main ingredients presented below, it is prepared with a local agricultural rum, gin, honey and a spicy salt blend on the rim.

Mito de Camacho, one of the most popular cocktails from Llorente | Colombia Country Brand
Mito de Camacho, one of the most popular cocktails from Llorente | Colombia Country Brand

From all the popular cocktails, Pacific Mule takes the lead

City: Medellín
Neighborhood: Provenza
Recipe from: Carbonero Cra 35 #8a-40

A drink so Colombian 90% of its ingredients are from this country, even the ginger beer that is mixed with. The cocktail recreates the perfect balance between herbs and fruits with the smoked kick of Viche, one of the many wonders that come from green sugar cane.

In addition to the ingredients mentioned and the ones presented below, it also has Kettel One Vodka and white beer.

Pacific Mule, one of the most popular cocktails from Carbonero | Colombia Country Brand
Pacific Mule, one of the most popular cocktails from Carbonero | Colombia Country Brand

Antídoto de la selva, in the list of most popular cocktails in the region

City: Cali
Neighborhood: Bulevar del Río
Recipe from: El Balcón Cra. 3 #6-19

This cocktail is inspired by one of the most exotic regions of the world: The Amazon.
A tribute to this land and the indigenous tribes that inhabit it. A beverage that balances sweet and citrus with an unexpected feeling on the tongue.

Along with the ingredients presented beneath, it is also made with pisco (a grape aguardiente from Perú or Chile) and a blend from citrus oils.

Antídoto de la selva, one of the most popular cocktails from El Balcón | Colombia Country Brand
Antídoto de la selva, one of the most popular cocktails from El Balcón | Colombia Country Brand

Annona Swizzle, or one of the best mixed drinks in cartagena

City: Cartagena
Neighborhood: Historic Center of Cartagena
Recipe from: Alquímico Calle del Colegio #34-24

Inspired by one of the most chilled and refreshing street beverages called guanabanazo. The idea is to evoke and impulse this feeling to its fullest with the guanábana, additioning coconut cream, tangerines, London dry gin, and white rum with a peppermint finish.

Antídoto de la selva, one of the most popular cocktails from El Balcón | Colombia Country Brand
Antídoto de la selva, one of the most popular cocktails from El Balcón | Colombia Country Brand

 

We hope you dare to taste some of the most special, refreshing, and original cocktails in the country that only use #TheBestOfColombia

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