The following is a list drink suggestions when traveling/ or living in Argentina.
1. Of course our list has to start out with wine, Argentina is famous for it! This is a country made for winos (why do you think I moved here…just kidding…kind of). As the 5th largest wine producer in the world Argentina tops the charts for delicious and very fairly priced wines. While their selection of imported wines isn’t so impressive, no need to fret because the wines that Argentina has to offer are just as delicious if not better!
Malbec- the quintessential grape of Argentina. Malbec is the most widely grown grape throughout the country and within the past 5 years has really taken off internationally as well. Here in Argentina the Malbec wines are known for their young fruitforward characteristics with hints of red fruits like cherry and strawberry. It pairs very well with a delicious Argentine steak dinner but would also go nicely with a beef empanada.
Bonarda- known as the secret grape in Argentina, it’s actually the second most widely grown grape throughout the nation. Another really intense ruby red colored wine with forest fruit flavors bonarda is an excellent partner for a traditional picada. It’s super drinkable and when aged in oak can take on lovely notes of tobacco and vanilla.
Torrontes- the flagship white wine of Argentina. It’s commonly mistaken that Argentina is only good at producing red wines but that is most certainly not the case. Torrontes aka the lying grape is an incredibly beautiful style of wine. Upon first smell your nose will almost certainly be overwhelmed with floral and citrus notes like honey and jasmine tricking your brain into thinking it’s a sweet wine. On the contrary though it’s actually a very dry and acidic wine with subtle effervescent hints of apricot, peachy and grapey hints.
2. Fine, so wine just isn’t your thing, not to worry! Argentina has plenty more to offer. They’re also super big on their liquors.
Fernet- the liquor or all liquors here in Argentina. It’s the classic, stirred up with a little coke this Italian bitter has a healthy tradition with Argentines. It’s one of their go-to drinks. I will warn you that while it’s basically a must try, it has a super acquired taste.
Gancia- this is another really common drink here. Without a mixer Gancia is just slightly higher in alcohol content then wine and has a largely lemon-based flavor. Usually it’s mixed up with some sort of clear bubbly drink like Sprite or 7Up and some slices of lemon. This combination makes it take on a more bubblegum alcoholic flavor.
3. Yerba Mate, a tea-like substance is most certainly the most popular beverage here in Argentina. The yerba mate is actually a plant and they dry the leaves and crush them up into a loose tea. In order to drink mate, you use a hollowed out gourd and a special filtered bombilla (straw). After putting the tea in the mate with the straw you then pour hot water from a thermos over portions of the yerba and sip it through the metal straw. Warning, this beverage is highly caffeinated and awesomely addictive but totally good for your health! When it gets hot outside you can switch from using hot water to using cold water, orange juice or lemonade.