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Cocktails and Mixology have become an important part of the culinary scene of every country and as food does, an expression of its culture.  Today we bring you all the information you need about the best Costa Rica Cocktails and the mixology panorama.

Costa Rica, a country to make friends

Our Pura Vida land was ranked first last year as the best country in the world to make friends by the InterNations.  Even though this was a research focused on expats and quality of life variables, the truth is that Ticos truly enjoy meeting new people and going out for a drink.

Social activities are an important part of the lifestyle of every Costa Rican.  Since childhood, we are raised seeing our families get together every Saturday or Sunday (or both days), or finding any excuse to have a drink with friends.

Drinks are part of our idiosyncrasy the same way to make friends is.  Costa Rica cocktails are stories, anecdotes, laughter and tears. There are Costa Rica cocktails for everyone and for every moment: sweet, spicy, strong or mild.


Classic Costa Rica cocktails

For more than 160 years, Guaro has been the liquor of Costa Ricans. Created by the National Liquor Factory with the purpose of promoting the sugarcane industry, the Guaro is a Brandy or “Aguardiente” of great purity and quality.

So, when you think about the all-time favorites Costa Rica Cocktails, most certainly every Tico will mention one or more containing Guaro.

Chiliguaros. Image courtesy of Saboresenlinea

The great king of Costa Rica Cocktails and the one you have to try when visiting our country is Chiliguaro.  It is an easy and delicious recipe:


  • 1 L – Tomato Juice (spicy or mild)
  • ¼ L – Guaro Cacique
  • 1 oz. – Tabasco
  • 1 Tsp – Salsa Lizano (typical Costa Rican sauce)
  • 1 Tsp – Black pepper
  • 1 Tsp – Salt
  • Juice of 2 limes.


Pour all the ingredients, stir.  Serve chill.  Use tall shot glasses with salt in the rim.


Guaro Sour. Image courtesy of Lima51

Another classic Costa Rica cocktail is the Guaro Sour, our version of the American sour.


  • 2 oz – Guaro Cacique
  • 2 oz – simple syrup
  • 1 lime cut in wedges
  • Splash of Club Soda


Muddle the lime wedges with the Guaro and syrup in a rocks glass. Add ice cubes to the top. Add the splash of Club Soda.  You can also serve the glass with salt in the rim and a lemon wedge as decoration.


Costa Rica cocktails and mixology


Mixology Costa Rica Cocktails

Mixology Competition: World Class 2016. Image courtesy of Mil948


Mixology has come to change the Costa Rica cocktails scene.  As in the rest of the world, cocktails have become something more than just following a recipe and mixing ingredients that are already packaged.

Although the term Mixology has been in the spotlight of the controversy, the reality is that it has given a positive twist to the offer of cocktails around the world.

If you now visit a bar in Costa Rica, or if you are staying in a resort destination like our amazing vacation rental properties, most likely you will find an impressive variety of Costa Rica cocktails that use fresh ingredients and reflect our culture.

From the use of our golden seed, the coffee, to local herbs, or unique fresh fruits; Costa Rica cocktails have evolved.  Tropical foams, home-made bitters, steamers and other tricks are created to surprise you and captivate you.

On your next visit to Costa Rica, stay with us and experience all the delicious Costa Rica cocktails, we know you will have a great time! Contact us now.