Have you ever tried to pry a Fernet & coke out of an Argentine’s hands? Probably not, because if you did, you would certainly not be reading this. Although still fervently attached to the classics, Argentina’s millennials are getting increasingly adventurous with their drinks and the local cocktail scene is booming. Join us as we take a tour of the most popular drinks in the southernmost country of Latin America.
Another cult classic, although less well known internationally since it gained a reputation for being a “girly” drink given its low alcohol content and high sugar content, is the Gancia Limone. Just mix Gancia Americano (a wine based aperitif), lemon soda, and a spoonful of sugar, shake it well, and pour into a tall glass with ice. There’s no better way to get an evening started, be it girls’ night or mixed company.
Campari is a multifaceted vermouth that is great to drink on the rocks or with most fruit juices. In Argentina, locals love to change it up from the good ol’ OJ to something a bit more citrusy like grapefruit. The result is a sweet yet smooth cocktail, low on the alcohol content and high on flavor.
Martini Rosso & OJ
Another popular vermouth, manufactured in Italy following a secret recipe that perfectly blends of over 500 herbs, is Martini Rosso. So much finesse, goes best with something more down to earth, like a down home pour of fresh orange juice. Just add ice and voila!
The Italian classic, Aperol Spritz, was readily adopted by Argentina. As opposed to the other Italian drinks that made the cut, this was one was recently introduced to the country in 2013. This low alcohol content (11%) aperitif, is a sure crowd pleaser anywhere in the world: just mix three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol, and a splash of soda.
On The Rocks: A proper working man’s drink, born and bred in Argentina. This vermouth is an Argentine classic, hard to find abroad, but worth a try if you’re visiting. A dying breed, it made a comeback thanks to the millennial generation taking an interest in retro-cool and supporting the economy by buying “local”.
Pure Argentine pride, and not only because it’s yerba mate-infused! This artisanal gin with notes of yerba mate, eucalyptus and pink grapefruit was the brainchild of Tato Giovannoni, one of the country’s top barmen. Not content with being great at his job and co-owing La Floreria Atlantico, one of the coolest bars in Buenos Aires, he went the extra mile and created a true delicacy. It’s so good, that it already began getting imported to the US and all the best cocktail bars in NYC already stock it.