Posts Tagged ‘drinks’

Tamarind

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Tamarind
Though endemic to Africa, Guatemala provides a perfect terroir for the Tamarind Tree (Tamarindus indica). (more…)

Cajita Feliz

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Quetzalteca

Guatemala is the birth place of the “Happy Meal” of the world’s most famous fast food restaurant. Here it was born under the name of “Cajita Feliz”, something like “Happy Little Box”, in the sense of a box full of happiness.
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Farmers Market at Paseo Cayalá: Jugo de Caña

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Sugar Cane Juice
Jugo de Caña, sugar cane juice, is a simple pleasure mostly enjoyed by people on Guatemala’s Eastern country side. Usually you see stands by the side of the road offering to road travelers. And finding it in Guatemala City is almost impossible.
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Coco Loco

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Coco Loco
Coco loco -Crazy Coconut- is a well known drink on Guatemala’s Atlantic Coast. Surprisingly not much known on the rest of the country.
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Quetzalteca Horchata

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Here is another of the beauties unique to Guatemala: Quetzalteca Horchata.
I’ve seen it several times in stores and supermarkets and finally I decided to try it (maybe because it was on special at only Q45/$6.00). It passed my test! You ought to try it next time you come to Guatemala. Cinnamon stick is optional.
Tchin Tchin..
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Quetzalteca

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Quetzalteca Rosa de Jamaica in a can!
This is something I noticed recently and and I have no clue since when it has been available, and finally I bought it and tried it.
It is very tasty and easy to drink with a 16 proof, perfect for a hot day.
And just a $1 would get you one of these cans.
Tchin Tchin…
Oh, one more thing: Most Guatemalans call Quetzalteca “Indita”. I personally avoid that term because the word “Indita” is a diminutive of the word “India”, which Guatemalans constantly use a a pejorative and a racist insult, a word that is constantly used to refer to the indigenous people of the country.
So, whenever you can, I advise you to use the real name “Quetzalteca” and avoid the Guatemalan’s name “Indita”.
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Montecristo

Friday, October 18th, 2013

While working in the liquor industry I got my hands on some bottles of Montecristo Rum, Guatemala made.
I kept two bottles, and of course I drank one of them and saved the other.
I’ve been to several liquor stores and supermarkets here in Guatemala and I’ve not found it. (!)
The quality is great for the price, on the rocks it is perfect for any occasion.
Don’t hesitate to grab a bottle if you spot it here in Guatemala, and tell me where so I can buy a bottle too. If it still available…!
Montecristo

Quetzalteca

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Quetzalteca Rosa de Jamaica.
This is a very delicious Hibiscus infused liquor. There is an interesting story behind this.
When I left Guatemala, there was just one Quetzalteca -the unflavored one-. I come back and find Rosa de Jamaica, and later a Horchata infused Quetzalteca.
Quetzalteca unflavored was a very inexpensive alcoholic drink, not so great tasting and known to be the drink of choice of the poor, uneducated and your last resort; sort of the Cossack or Popov vodka equivalent in Guatemala.
Not long ago they change their strategy and created these new flavors, gave the brad a more refined appeal and targeted the young crowds.
It did work and to be honest, it is quite delicious. Have a glass next time you are in Guatemala.
Quetzalteca

Zaya

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Another jewel from my private stash.
This is Zaya, a very delicious Guatemalan rum.
Bad news: It is no longer made in Guatemala!
While I was working in the liquoer industry I had it a few times and I was able to save a bottle and then I get news it was no longer made here. I’m glad I still have a Guatemalan made Zaya.
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Zacapa Centenario

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

World’s best rum!
I’m not kidding.
I worked in the liquor industry for eight years and I got samples of hundreds (yes hundreds) of rums and no one came close to Zacapa 23 year old. Until! a Zacapa XO, a 25 year old was introduce.
Full of character, don’t spoil it with anything, not even ice! And the best pairing available to us here in Guatemala and NOT YOU in the States is Cuban Cigars. Have a few glasses of Zacapa 23 or XO and a Cuban Cigar and you’ll be in heaven while they last.
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