My F&W
quick save (...)
Best Spirits You've Never Heard Of

Cool Down with Fiery Water

© 2014 iTQi

Néctar Aguardiente

What It Is: Aguardiente is Spanish for “fiery water.” It’s also a widely used term that covers a range of spirits, but for our purposes it will henceforth refer to a clear, anise–flavored Colombian liqueur distilled from sugarcane. Each region in Colombia offers its own take on the spirit. Néctar, distilled and bottled in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, is one of the most popular brands.

What It’s Like: Though other aguardiente brands such as Cristal and Antíoqueño push the anise flavor to the max, Néctar holds back for a softer, almost citrusy taste that balances nicely with the spirit’s boozy heat.

How to Drink It: Colombians living in the foothills of the Andes traditionally take guaro (slang for aguardiente) as a shot during weddings and celebrations. Serve it chilled as a digestif, or with a mountain of ice in a glass rimmed with the traditional honey, cinnamon and cloves.

Related: Look Out Campari, Here Comes Gran Classico
Can’t Get Malört? Drink Bësk
How to Drink a Cardoon

You Might Also Like powered by ZergNet


Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    You might also like
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.

    Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.

    Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders at the culinary world's most spectacular weekend, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 19-21.