Top Five Chilean Drinks And How To Make Them

SANTIAGO — Every year in the middle of September Chileans celebrate their national holidays, Fiestas Patrias. It is a time filled with gatherings and festivities. Chile Today samples the top five Chilean drinks to get you ready for some shelter-in-place sipping.

With strict health regulations from the government, Fiestas Patrias will be very different from past years. For districts out of quarantine, the government will allow gatherings up to a maximum of 10 people in open spaces but only five in closed spaces, in addition to those who live in the space. Movement and gatherings in the 52 districts still in quarantine, however, are prohibited.

Whether you’re alone or with a small crew, you might enjoy one (or more) of the following drinks as we peer over our masks and look towards the long Fiestas Patrias weekend!

1. Terremoto

The terremoto (“earthquake”), is extremely popular among Chileans, especially in September. It is a sweet but strong drink, named for its ability to knock drinkers off their feet. It is easy to make.

What you’ll need:

  • Pipeño: A sweet fermented white wine
  • Grenadine syrup
  • Pineapple ice cream
  • For extra taste, some like to add Pisco, Rum (Malibu?), or Fernet.



  • Add 2 scoops of pineapple ice cream to a tall glass
  • Add 1 tablespoon of grenadine syrup
  • Fill the glass with pipeño (be sure to leave space in case you want to add Fernet or any other liquor)
  • Top it with another tablespoon of grenadine syrup (or half a tablespoon if you don’t want it to be too sweet) and that is all.

2. Chicha

“Chicha,” originally from central and southern Chile, is made from grapes and apples. It is another Fiestas Patrias favorite. Notably, it is fermented, not distilled.

It is not difficult to make, but it takes patience: you will have to wait a few days for the fruit to ferment. Following is a recipe for a grape chicha:

What you’ll need:

  • 1 kg of grapes
  • A glass bottle
  • A strainer


  • Wash all the grapes
  • If you want, cut them in half and take the seeds out
  • Grind the grapes (you can do this with a spoon or a potato masher)
  • Put the grapes on the strainer
  • Put the glass bottle under the strainer and, with a spoon, press the grapes to extract all the juice
  • Put a cork or a cap on top of the bottle (but don’t press too hard, as the concotion will ferment)
  • Leave it in a cool, dark place for 3-4 days, and you’ll have yourself a Chilean chicha!*

*Be sure to consume it all within five days after it’s ready, otherwise it will start to turn to vinegar.

3. Borgoña

If you like fruits and are a wine-lover, this one is definitely for you! Known by many as the “Chilean sangría,” this one only requires two ingredients.


What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 bottle of red wine (preferably of the Carménère varietal)
  • Optional: sugar



  • Slice the ripe strawberries and add them to a pitcher
  • Add one bottle of your favorite red wine
  • If you like sweet beverages, add one tablespoon of sugar
  • Mix everything
  • Store it in the fridge for a couple of hours, or, if you can’t wait, just add ice and enjoy it right away!

4. Cola de Mono

If you are a coffee and spice lover, this one has your name on it. Cola de mono (“monkey’s tail”), is a typical Chilean beverage that combines alcohol and coffee.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of Chilean aguardiente (it can be substituted with white rum, brandy, or vodka)
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg


  • In a saucepan, combine the evaporated milk with water, sugar, the cloves, and the cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, add the coffee granules and stir until dissolved
  • Add vanilla extract and nutmeg
  • Remove from heat and cool for 20-30 minutes
  • Once cold, add the aguardiente (or the liquor you’re using)
  • Pour into a pitcher or a glass bottle and refrigerate for 4 hours

5. Navegado

As Chile is a wine country, this is another one for the wine lovers. Navegado (“navigated”), is perfect for cold days, as it is served hot.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 2 oranges
  • 1/3 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • Slice the oranges and take out the seeds
  • In a saucepan, mix the wine with sugar, orange juice, cloves, and cinnamon
  • Bring to a boil, and remove from heat once it starts boiling
  • Add one or two slices of orange to each glass and serve the mix on top
  • Remember to serve it while it’s still hot!


Is there one we missed? Let us know or, better yet, please send us a picture of the drink(s) you’re enjoying these holidays. Please drink responsibly. We won’t be there to save you if you don’t.

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