Aguardiente Sour Cocktail Recipe


  • 6 oz aguardiente (you should be able to find the easily recognizable white and red label at your local liquor store)
  • 2 oz lime juice (hopefully as tasty, tangy, and freshly squeezed as you can find from the street vendors in Cartagena)
  • 4 oz orange juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg white, beaten (skip if you want a lighter, vegan version that’s equally deliciosa!)


  1. And it’s easy to make! Just mix everything together in a cocktail shaker
  2. Pour over ice and serve in your favorite kind of glass
  3. Garnish with thin slice of orange or lemon

Bill’s latest excursion to Colombia

When I was in Colombia, they were all about the aguardiente sour, which luckily paired decently with my fave mixer of agua con gas. And there’s even a sugar free version if you’re worried about the calories! I had hoped to chat with one of the bartenders during the viaje to ask about the mysterious world of aguardiente based cocktails, but unfortunately most bars I frequented were more focused on the fiesta than the mixology lessons. If the bartender was able to decipher any word that I said over the reggaeton blasting in the background, I figured the communication had been a success.

But now that I’ve had some time to research, I found a concoction that’s a bit more sophisticated. Did you really think I would leave you with an aguardiente soda as your cocktail of the month to taste? The aguardiente sour is a classic Colombian cocktail that you can enjoy when you have time to sit and savor it—free from the distractions of any perreando on the dance floor.

Here’s how it’s done:




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