One thing you should be aware of is that it’s practically blasphemy to order aguardiente with a mixer.
You’ll usually drink it as a straight shot, but you can follow it with fresh fruits or any other flavors that mesh well with the liquor.
A traditional chaser? Beer.
Just be prepared for a wild night if you go this route!
Whenever I find a new cocktail or liquor, my first question is always how many calories the drink contains.
I mean, it’s one thing to try a shot here and there, but if you’re going out for the night, all those calories can add up!
The good news is that as a clear liquor, Aguardiente is pretty low-calorie.
There are actually just 85 calories in a 1-ounce shot of aguardiente (about 130 calories in a generous 1.5-ounce pour). That’s really not bad at all if you think about it!
And, if you want to cut calories even further, opt for Aguardiente Sin Azucar. This sugar-free version of the drink only contains 49 calories.
How Augardiente Stacks Up
Okay, you’ve got the nutritional facts. But what does that look like when compared to other liquors?
Here’s a breakdown of the calories you’ll find in other popular liquors:
Rum: 65 calories
Whiskey: 71 calories
Vodka: 65 calories
Gin: 75 calories
Aguardiente from Other Regions
Okay, so we’re mostly talking about Aguardiente Antioqueño. But let’s pause for a second.
This is far from the only type of aguardiente you’ll find in Colombia. In fact, just about every department in the country has its own brand of aguardiente (if not more than one).
The other brands you’ll find include:
Anisado: made in Magdalena
Blanco del Valle: made in Valle del Cauca
Caucano: made in Cauca
Cristal: made in Caldas
Cristal Tapa Roja: made in Tolima
Coco Anís: made in Atlántico
Doble Anís: made in Huila
ICL Puro Colombia: made in Valle del Cauca
Líder: made in Boyacá
Llanero: made in Meta
Néctar: made in Cundinamarca
Nariño: made in Nariño
Platino: made in Chocó
Tres Esquinas: made inBolívar
As you can see, there are quite a few types of aguardiente out there. However, we’ll always stand by our Aguardiente Antiqueño.
What’s the Best Bottle of Aguardiente Antioqueño?
If you want to base it on the statistics, you’d have to go with Tapa Rojo Antioqueño. This is Colombia’s top-selling aguardiente and is a pretty good representation of what the liquor should taste like.
Tapa Rojo contains 29% alcohol, so it’s pretty strong stuff. However, it’s a bit smoother than some of the other brands you’ll find out there.
For those (like me) who prefer to keep the calories to a minimum, it might be worth investing in Tapa Azul. Tapa Azul contains the same alcohol content, but none of the sugar.
The third variety that you can try is Tapa Verde. This is a much smoother variety of aguardiente with a lower alcohol content (24%).
If you’re looking for a drink where you can really taste the flavor, this is a good bottle to pick up.
Aside from the standard, anise-flavored aguardiente there are also other options you can check out. A few flavors you might find include:
Where to Find Aguardiente in Medellin
If we’ve got your mouth watering for some aguardiente, there are plenty of places around the city where you can try it.
Pretty much any bar you walk into will have aguardiente on the drinks menu, although we can’t guarantee what brand it will be.
Plus, you can always pick it up at your local supermarket. A bottle of Aguardiente Antioqueño is super affordable, costing between 36.000 COP ($10 USD) and 57.000 COP ($15 USD).
Take a Sip of Aguardiente Antioqueño
A shot of Aguardiente Antioqueño makes for smooth sipping. It’s the ideal drink for anyone who’s wanting to enjoy a Colombian rumba or just wanting to try some true Colombian spirits.
Make taking a shot of aguardiente a priority while in Medellín.
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