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【It's not just wine.】There are many delicious drinks in Chile! 5 Unique Chilean Drinks

Hi there, it's Minami.

When you think of Chile in South America, wine is probably the first word that comes to mind nowadays.

That's how strong the image of Chilean wine is in Japan, isn't it?

But the truth is, there are so many more delicious drinks to be had in Chile than just wine!

In this issue, I will focus on a few of my personal recommendations.

I'll introduce you to some of the things you should try when you visit Chile, as well as some of the things you can try in Japan even if you can't go to Chile!

~お酒編~

(1) Pisco

Pisco is a distilled spirit of grapes.

It is very subtle how delicious it is, but think of it as a grape version of shochu. Slightly sweet and delicious!

Pisco is actually engaged in a kind of culture war with Peru, like the bamboo shooters vs. the mushroomers in Japan.

I think the difference is that Polish vodka is mostly flavored, while Russian vodka is mostly unflavored, in a general soju-like position.

The bottom line is.

(actually, I personally prefer Peruvian flavored pisco when I drink just pisco...it's sweeter and easier to drink).

We have created a separate article on Pisco, so if you want to know more about it, please also see here.

By the way, a recommended manufacturer that is also available in Japan is Alto del Carmen.

(2) Terremoto

Terremoto is the Spanish word for "earthquake".

The combination was a liquor cocktail and pineapple sorbet!

Just hearing about it makes it sound delicious, doesn't it? I'm starting to want to drink it.

The cocktail consisted of pomegranate juice (granadina), white wine, and a little champagne.

It is often drunk in the summer, mostly during celebrations. It is the symbolic drink of Fiesta de Patrias, the Chilean national golden week of independence.

It's sweet and very tasty. I'm glad it has ice cream on it. I wish there were always cocktails with ice cream on them in Japan.

The reason why it is called "Terremoto" is because when a foreign reporter who came to Chile to report on the big one himself at ・・・・ drank all of this sake at once at a bar, he got so flustered that he said, "This is Terremoto (earthquake)! I heard that this is because the foreign journalist who came to Chile to report on the big earthquake drank this saké at the bar in one gulp.

In Japan, there are only a few stores that sell pineapple sorbet, so it is a must to drink it when you visit Chile.

By the way, I looked for Japanese pineapple sherbet, but the only ones I could find at the moment are these fancy ones...

It might even be easier and tastier to make it from juice!

I think I can do it materially.

3) Beer (cerveza)

It's no surprise that there are beers, but there are many different kinds of beers that are not available in Japan.

This is because Chile has historically welcomed many German immigrants and has developed a large beer industry.

By "various," I mean that there are many flavored beers.

When it comes to beer in Japan, I feel like there are more and more varieties now, but basically, there are only regular, hoppy, pale ale...kind of beers.

I especially recommend the Austral in the south.

Since many German immigrants were in the south, the level of beer in the south is high and is drunk on special occasions among Chileans.

https://www.cervezaaustral.cl/

Just looking at the site made me want to drink. (You have to be 20 years old to drink.)

~Other beverages~

④Fresh juice (jugo natural)

It's not just alcohol. Chile has great fruit, so try some fresh juice!

Fresh juice, as the name implies, is freshly squeezed juice.

In the capital city of Santiago, you can often find them in the market (Mercado). In the capital city, Santiago, you can often find them in the market (Mercado). Local people line up to buy them, so I guess they are a part of people's lives. (They may be tourists from outside the city, but...)

Since it has the image of a summer drink, it is mostly seen in summer, but it can be drunk in winter as well.

By the way, Chile's own fruit is a forest milk called chirimoya!

I searched for it and found out that there are actually farmers who grow it in Okinawa. In Okinawa, it's called atemoya. I don't think they are exactly the same thing, but I guess they are like brothers.

They look and taste just like each other, so if you can't make it to Chile, try Okinawa! If you don't like chili, you can try it in Okinawa!

If the time is right, you can also buy it at

5) Mote con Huesillo

This is not something you can bring back to Japan, but it is very delicious. I wish I could have brought it back when I went to Chile.

You may be thinking, "formalin soaked? But it is not like that.

Contrary to appearances, it's insanely refreshing and sweet. !!!!!

It's like a snack, I guess you could say.

Mote is glutinous barley, and wesijo is a kind of dry peach.

It is made by adding chunk of brown sugar called chunkaka and the above two ingredients.

The stalls are only available during the summer, so enjoy them during the summer. If you go to Chile in the winter, you can still get some at the supermarket, but it is not recommended. If you are lucky, you may find them in the market...? (I've almost never seen them in winter.)

It's perfect for those times in the summer when it's hot and you lose your appetite.

I liked it so much when I was there that I bought it almost every time I saw a stall.

By the way, it's very cheap, you can order a large size for about 400 yen. It will fill you up.

Smaller sizes are even cheaper.

Actually, there are ready-made products sold in supermarkets, but they taste completely different.

I've tried the big supermarket chain L-der's, but it's expensive, not much, and tastes like water...

How was the article?

There are many unique and delicious drinks in Chile.

There aren't many places in Japan where you can learn about Chilean culture, so if you get a chance to enjoy a Chilean drink! Don't miss it!

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