12 Traditional Colombian Drinks You Must Try

by Erica Dinho on March 13, 2014

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Colombian cuisine has a wonderful array of hot and cold drinks, consisting of great juices made with fresh exotic fruits. These drinks are often mixed with sugar and your choice of milk or water.

This round-up of 12 Traditional Colombian Drinks You Must Try starts with my favorite hot drinks best enjoyed during the cold winter months and will carry you right into your summer, back yard parties with the cold drinks.

Buen provecho!

1. Chocolate Santafereño: This hot chocolate is popular all around Colombia, especially in Bogotá, the country’s capital. See recipe here.


2. Canelazo: A popular and strong Colombian drink that is a perfect end to any meal.See recipe here.

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3. Chocolate en Leche de Coco: A delicious, traditional Colombian drink recipe that is perfect this time of year!See recipe here.

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4. Aguapanela: Translates to “panela water” and is a traditional and popular Colombian drink, which can be served hot or cold. See recipe here.

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5. Jugo de Tamarindo: Tamarind Juice is a traditional and popular drink in Colombia. It is a sweet, sour, and refreshing juice.See recipe here.

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6. Kumis: This is a sour and creamy, popular Colombian drink. You can find it pre-made in almost every grocery store in Colombia, so making Kumis at home is no longer so common.See recipe here.

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7. Aguardiente: Also known as “Firewater”, is a strong alcoholic drink made from anise and sugar cane.See recipe here

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8. Avena Colombiana: Avena means oats in English and it’s a traditional Colombian drink that is rich, creamy and delicious.See recipe here.See recipe here.

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9. Refajo: This is a popular Colombian cocktail made with beer and “Colombiana”, a soda made in Colombia.See recipe here.

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10. Limonada de Coco: This coconut limeade is popular on the Atlantic coast of Colombia. It’s delicious and very refreshing.See recipe here.

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11. Sabajón: This is the Colombian version of eggnog, spiked with Aguardiente (firewater), a strong alcoholic drink made from anise and sugar cane or rum.See recipe here.

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12. Coco Loco: This is a Colombian Coconut Cocktail, popular on the Caribbean coast of the country. Coco Loco literally translates to “Crazy Coconut“.See recipe here.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Velva March 13, 2014 at 8:29 PM

My friend I would enjoy every one of these Colombian drinks!



2 Jeannie Tay March 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Every one of them looks delicious! I could do with some cold refreshing ones right now, it’s so hot here and hazy too!


3 ela@GrayApron March 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM

A great wrap-up! COCO LOCO – men…that sounds gooood! :) ela


4 Christine March 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Aguapanela and cumis were to of my first encounters with Colombian drinks:) I love the idea of your site. un dia iré a visitar tu hermoso pais!


5 Gloria C April 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Some of them for hot days, some for cold days, some for happy days and all of them so good for you.
I have to add a rich Colombian coffee and a Lulo juice to the list.


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