Alcoholic Beverages of Columbia


Aguardiente (or guaro because the locals refer to it as) is a clear, anise-flavored (black licorice) alcohol that’s available throughout the country.


Inexpensive, and based on the locals, not as likely to give you a hangover when compared with other liquors, it is almost always consumed straight, and chased with water. Small plastic cups can be used for dishing out shots of Aguardiente, and it’s common for Colombians to give the drink to new friends within the bars and clubs.

Where To Drink It: Any Colombian bar or discoteca, or purchase a bottle from the convenience store and revel in it with friends outdoors (drinking in public places is legal in Colombia).

The legal drinking age is 18.