Aguardiente Sour (Orange and Aguardiente Cocktail)

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Aguardiente Sour (Orange and Aguardiente Cocktail)

Aguardiente Sour is a traditional Colombian cocktail made with orange juice, sugar, egg whites, lime juice, and aguardiente. If you’re not familiar with aguardiente, which translates in English as fire water, let me introduce you to this strong alcoholic drink made from anise and sugar cane.

The most popular way to drink Aguardiente in Colombia is in shots, but we have some traditional Colombian drinks made with it too. A couple of them include Canelazo, a hot drink made with agua de panela, cinnamon, and Aguardiente, and Hervido, a traditional hot drink from the Nariño department, made by boiling fresh fruit juice, such as pineapple (piña), passion fruit (maracuyá), or blackberry (mora) with sugar, and then mixing it with Aguardiente, and of course, there is this Aguardiente Sour.

Nowadays, you can find Aguardiente Sour in bars and restaurants across Colombia, but this drink is also very simple to make at home, and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients or special equipment. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker don’t worry, just use a blender instead.
The orange juice combined with the tangy lime juice and Aguardiente makes this Aguardiente Sour an incredibly light and refreshing drink.

Buen provecho!

Aguardiente Sour Colombiano



  • 6 ounces Colombian Aguardiente
  • 2 ounce lime juice
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg white lightly mixed

Aguardiente Sour-Colombian Recipes


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until well combined and frothy.
  2. Strain into serving glass.
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    • Anonymous says

      Hi Evelyn, I guess what you drinked in Peru is call Pisco Sour, the recipie is almost the same but the alcohol is completely diferent, Pisco is the national beverage in Peru and it is made of Grape, Our colombian aguardiente is made from Sugar Cane, both are really good. Salud!!

  1. Archer2010 says

    Thanks for this recipe. Many years ago (summer of 1971), I spent several weeks in and around Bogota. My host introduced me to aguardiente. Shots before dinner became a ritual. Several years ago, I found a bottle in a Minneapolis liquor store. After a couple of shots, the bottle remained unopened until I found your recipe. Shared the result with my wife this morning with scrambled eggs and toast. A hit!

  2. says

    I don’t like to write reviews but for this website, I must. Like you, I am a Colombian living in the States for a long time. When I found your website, I found a piece of my country.

    I made this drink in Colombia while the world cup was taking place, and I was the success of the party. (Of course it helped that Colombia played so well).

    Thanks and keep up the great work.

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