Drinks of Costa Rica
The traditional drinks for lunch and dinner are called refrescos or batidos, and consist of liquefied fruits mixed either with water or milk and added sugar. They come in many varieties such as melon, blackberry, strawberry, watermelon, mango, papaya, tamarind, passion fruit, guanabana and cas.
Another popular drink is known as a granizado, a slush drink made of finely shaved ice and flavored syrup. The most popular flavor is kola. This is not the cola usually associated with carbonated soda but a fruity cherry flavored syrup. It is sometimes served with evaporated/condensed milk on top depending on the preference of the drinker.
The national liquor of Costa Rica is made from sugar cane and is called guaro. Itís a kind of rum, lighter in alcohol concentration. Ticos drink guaro as a shot or mixed with juice or soda. The cost of guaro is very cheap compared to the cerveza (beer) in Costa Rica. Imperial is the most popular and is an American style lager that is also available in Light; the Pilsen is a bohemian style pilsner; and Bavaria is offered in Light, Dark or Gold. The Dutch beer, Heineken, is also produced in Costa Rica but tastes a little different. Import beers can be found in some markets, Costa Rica produces an excellent rum: Ron Centenario and the Flor de Cana rums made in Nicaragua are also widely available.