Fruits and sugar cane are abundant in Panama’s landscape. The combination of these two ingredients results in beverages that are both non-alcoholic and alcoholic that are fruity and crisp. Let’s find out about some of the most well-known alcoholic beverages in Panama, which you really have to sample on your next vacation to this beautiful nation.
1. Chica de Nance (Nance Juice)
Chica is a popular non-alcoholic beverage in Panama that is traditionally created with sugar and other fruits. They utilize the pulp of this fruit, which has a sour flavor, to make sweets and beverages by combining it with sugar, water, and ice.
2. Agua de Pipa (Coconut Water)
On hot days, having a drink made from pipa, which is the green coconut, is sure to be one of the most refreshing things you can do. It may be found at marketplaces, and it is often sold on the side of the road. The dealer will crack open the coco for you if you ask them pleasantly enough. And after you’ve finished your drink, you may snack on the fresh coconut that’s been prepared for you.
3. Chica de Marañon (Cashew Fruit Drink)
The maroon is the fruit that develops on the cashew tree, which is more well-known for its nuts. This delicious fruit, which is both fresh and unusual, is used to produce a drink that is quite enjoyable. It is ideally served ice cold, as is the case with all of the chicas.
4. Chica de Arroz con Piña (Rice and Pineapple Drink)
Tamales are one example of a waste-free food that may be found in Panama. Additionally, they provide a beverage that does not produce any trash. Along with rice and sugar, the skin of the pineapple is brought to a boil and cooked until it is beautiful and tender. After that, cinnamon and cloves are added as a seasoning, and then the mixture is blended in a mixer. It may be prepared either warm or chilled.
5. Chica de Tamarindo (Tamarind Juice)
The tamarind is a fruit native to Africa that has a sharp flavor. The pulp that is extracted from the pod may be used in the preparation of a variety of sweets as well as this beverage. It has a lively flavor that falls in between sour and sweet, and it is often requested at social gatherings with the family.
6. Chicha de Guanabana (Soursop Juice)
The guanabana is a delicious fruit that is shaped like a pear and has spikes on the exterior. It is used in the preparation of beverages like chica and batido. A mixer is used to incorporate both of these ingredients, but milk is added to the batido.
7. Chicheme (Sweet Corn Drink)
The ingredients for the drink and dessert known as chicheme include maize, milk, and various spices. Corn is one of the most often used foods in Panama, and while the idea of drinking a milky corn drink may seem strange, locals swear by its ability to satisfy hunger and provide a pleasant taste.
Corn kernels that have been broken up are boiled in evaporated milk together with sugar and other spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, or vanilla. It is reported that Chicheme’s residence is in the village of La Chorrera, which is located about an hour outside of Panama City.
8. Chica de Limon con Raspadura (Lemonade with Cane Sugar)
The mixture of fresh lemons and water that is used to make the Panamanian version of lemonade is sweetened with raspadura, which is artisanal cane sugar that has not been processed.
A fun fact about lemons in Panama is that they are all green, even the ones imported from the United States, and there are many different varieties, each with its own unique level of acidity and volume of juice.
9. Chica de Maracuyá (Passionfruit Juice)
The deliciously reviving flavor of maracuya, often known as passionfruit, instantly conjures up images of tropical settings. Because maracuya has a flavor that is often described as sour, this beverage requires some additional sugar, and you will need a colander to strain out the seeds.
Enjoy it when it’s iced down to the last drop!
10. Chica de Maíz (Sweet Corn Drink)
The cuisine of this region places a significant emphasis on corn as a key ingredient. This beverage is also known as chica fuerte, which literally translates to “strong chica,” since the maize is allowed to ferment for a number of hours until it becomes a caramel hue. Raspadura is traditionally combined with water and then chilled before being served.
11. Seco Herrerano (Sugar Cane Liqour)
The sugarcane spirit known as seco is often considered to be Panama’s official spirit of choice. You may get it at cantinas throughout town, and despite its smooth flavor and pale appearance, it packs quite a punch. Don’t be fooled by its potency. It is entirely cultivated and manufactured in the province of Herrera in the country of Panama (hence the name).
12. Ron Abuelo (Rum Abuelo)
The traditional rum of Panama is known as grandpa’s (Abuelo). Both this and its sister brand, Seco Herrerano, are products of the Hermanos Varela production company. The residents of this area like mixing this well-made rum with cola on a regular basis.
13. Ron Ponche (Rum Punch)
In Panama, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are not complete without Ron Ponche’s rum punch. Combining condensed milk and evaporated milk with nutmeg, vanilla, and of course, rum makes up this delicious drink.
In the past, it was also prepared using freshly cracked eggs. Some contemporary recipes do not include them.
14. Local beers: Atlas, Balboa, and Panama
A frosted beer to quench your thirst in this muggy heat? There are three native beers produced in Panama: Balboa, Atlas, and Panama. Atlas is a pale ale, which is a light and refreshing drink that is ideal for a day at the beach. Panama and Balboa are both lagers that are simple and easy on the taste.
The Panamanians are huge fans of their coffee (just like almost everyone in Latin America). In addition to its widespread use as a morning beverage, Panama is well-known for the Geisha type of specialized beans that it produces. This particular coffee bean has a flavor that is characterized as being floral and fruity, and it is grown in the Boquete region of Panama.