Armed with an intrepid sense of self-determination and patriotism, the masses of Bogota took to the streets in 1810 to rise up against Spanish rule. Now, more than 200 years later, we commemorate the efforts of these brave people and the beauty of Colombian culture by celebrating Colombian Independence on July 20th.
In the spirit of the festivities, we think it's time to bring out the aguardiente and whip up a great Colombian feast! Be transported to the beaches of Cartagena, the sprawling jungles surrounding Medellin, and the mountains of Bogota with flan de cafe, ajiaco, and cocadas de arequipe. Here are out picks for the best of Colombian cuisine.
¡Feliz Día de Independencia, Colombia!
Ajiaco is a traditional Colombian soup that's packed with nutritious ingredients. Rich in flavor, it's made with chicken, white onion, corn husks, and potatoes. A melting pot, in the most literal sense, it also takes care of itself. Leave a pot on the stove and you're free to celebrate.
Croquetas de pollo are a perfect make ahead party snack. Store your rolled croquettes in the fridge in sealed plastic bags and all you have to do when your guests arrive is fry them until crispy and golden brown. This recipe starts with cooked chicken (great for leftover roasted or grilled chicken!) and is seasoned with sauteed onion, bell pepper and garlic and a dash of ground cumin. Watch out though, they're a bit addictive.
No Colombian Independence Day is complete without aguardiente! The aguardiente sour is a traditional Colombian cocktail made with orange juice, sugar, egg whites, lime juice, and of course, aguardiente, an iconic Colombian spirit made from anise and sugar cane. And FYI, it's name translates to "fire water". Proceed with caution.