With Hispanic Heritage Month upon us, how could we forget to talk about one of the most important (and tastiest) parts of a country’s heritage—national drinks! From bitter, to sour, to fruity, to earthy, here’s a compilation of popular liquors and beverages from each country in Latin America. We’re not saying you shouldn’t delve into history, art, and film as you commemorate and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, but what kind of celebration doesn’t involve a drink or two?
Argentina: Fernet with Coke
Fernet is Argentina’s go-to liquor. With herbs and spices like rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and saffron, it’s much earthier and más fuerte than the other boozy drinks you’ll find on this list. Although originally Italian, fernet came to Argentina as part of the waves of Italian immigration beginning in the late 19th century, and now Buenos Aires boasts the only Fernet production facility outside of Milan. It’s most common cocktail pairing? Just pour over ice and stir with some coke. Or check out these more complex concoctions from Serious Eats.