South American Beverages
South America has a wide variety of traditional and interesting beverages. Many of them are mainly traditional to one specific country or small group of countries, while a few are shared by most or many countries.
One of the most renowned South American non alcoholic beverages is the mate, or mate tea as is often called. The mate is a beverage which can be compared to an infusion such as a tea, made with yerba mate and hot water, drunk from a recipient called mate and through a metal straw. This beverage is very popular in many South American countries, but especially in Uruguay and Argentina.
Alcoholic and non alcoholic
Among the most popular non alcoholic beverages in South America,
besides the mate, there are cacao drinks, coffee, and aguas frescas.
Although cacao drinks and coffee are traditional around the world,
some South American countries produce excellent cacao and coffee and
often their inhabitants drink these beverages on a daily basis.
Some of the most traditional alcoholic beverages in this continent
are: chicha, pisco, caipirinha, and aguardiente. Chicha is made of
fermented maize or fruits; pisco is a liquor made of grapes; caipirinha
is the national cocktail of Brazil, made with lime, cachaca (a typical
Brazilian distilled beverage), and sugar; and aguardiente is a liqueur
made of sugar cane and anise.