6 Beach Cocktails and Popular Drinks You Need to Try in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a sunkissed paradise in Central America, bounded by the Caribbean to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West. With an abundance of rare fruit and other tropical delicacies, it’s no wonder the country features some of the most inventive beach cocktails around.

The Definitive Beach Cocktails: Popular Drinks in Costa Rica

Costa Rica boasts some of the most pristine beaches throughout the Americas. So, it’s no wonder that locals and travelers alike have created some of the most refreshing and captivating cocktails out there. With the country’s iconic Guaro spirit to a heritage of rum and spices, let’s take a look at some of the most popular drinks in Costa Rica.

Guaro Cocktails

The moment you land in Costa Rica, you need to start with a Guaro Sour or a beach cocktail featuring Costa Rica’s national spirit. Guaro is Costa Rica’s most popular liquor, but don’t let its low price tag and accessibility lead you to believe it’s not worth drinking. This cane liquor has a consistency similar to vodka but with a naturally sweeter taste and lower alcohol content. And like vodka, it’s incredibly versatile in a range of cocktails.

Guaro Sour

The definitive beach cocktail in Costa Rica is the Guaro Sour, consisting of fresh lime, sugar, guaro, club soda, and a dash of mint to garnish: 

  • Half a fresh lime (sliced into wedges)
  • 3 ounces of Guaro
  • 1 splash of club soda
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Cracked or chipped ice as needed
  • 1 sprig of mint (to garnish)

Chiliguaro

What began as a unique, regional specialty in Costa Rica’s Playas del Coco on the northwest coast has become a daring take on the nation’s iconic Guaro cocktails. 

As the name suggests, Chiliguaro features guaro, along with hot sauce, lime juice, and salt. Today, many bars throughout Costa Rica will gladly concoct pitchers of Chiliguaro, which some say has a taste not unlike a particularly spicy Bloody Mary as the guaro’s taste blends in with the alluringly spicier elements in the drink. 

This recipe serves 6 easily: 

  • 3/4ths of a cup of Guaro
  • 3 cups of tomato juice
  • 3 tablespoons of tabasco
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice

Jaguar Colada

The Guaro Sour may be a classic and is considered by many to the national drink and definitive beach cocktail. However, for those who want something a little different, the Jaguar Colada infuses the classic Guaro flavor with passion fruit (aka maracuyá in Costa Rica) along with coconut cream: 

This recipe also serves 6: 

  • 1 cup of coconut milk or cream
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 3/4ths cup of guaro (you can also substitute for white rum)
  • 1 cup of passion fruit juice (Try fresh juice for the best possible taste.)
  • 2 cups of ice

Pura Vida

“Pura Vida” is a term said a lot throughout Costa Rica. In keeping with the country’s coastal vibes, “pura vida” is a versatile catch-all phrase analogous to Hawaii’s “aloha.” It can be a greeting, well wishes when saying goodbye to someone, or just something to connote the laid back allure of Costa Rica’s beach culture. 

As a popular beach cocktail for two, this recipe for Pura Vida features: 

  • 1 Ounce of guaro
  • 1 Ounce of triple sec
  • 2 Ounces of fresh orange juice
  • 2 Ounces of pineapple juice
  • 1 Ounce of grenadine
  • Lime to garnish
  • Ice as needed

Colada Fresco 

This popular Costa Rican drink is a creative take on the Piña Colada, another classic beach cocktail enjoyed internationally. 

Use this recipe to serve a group of 5-6 in a pitcher: 

  • 1 can/cup of coconut milk or cream (full fat preferably)
  • 3/4ths cup of guaro
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 chopped pineapple
  • Agave nectar to taste

Beer

Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of many beach cocktails’ sugary sweetness or abundance of rum and guaro. Fueled by historic influxes of German immigrants, Costa Rica today boasts one of Latin America’s most vibrant beer cultures. Locals like homegrown microbreweries and international favorites alike. 

Pilsen and Imperial are two of the most popular brewers in the country, and you’ll easily find their ales in many bars, hotels, and restaurants. But in recent years, craft brewers have been infusing the scene with distinctive tropical flavors. Today, there are a few hundred craft beers available in Costa Rica, running the gamut from inventive takes on traditional, full-bodied German ales to lighter options.

El Sabor de Costa Rica

Costa Rica, which means “the rich coast” in English, is known throughout the Americas and the world for its abundance of fresh ingredients, delicious cuisine, and captivating flavors. 

Whether you’re looking to do some sightseeing, tour the jungles or just relax on the beach, you can’t go wrong by unwinding with some of these popular drinks in Costa Rica.
For more travel tips, read our blog and explore all that Casa Teresa has to offer your Costa Rican getaway.

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