Argentina is a massive South American country rich in culture and history. Their culinary culture has gained worldwide allure. Argentinian gaucho culture offers some of the best beef in the world, enjoyed in charming communal cookouts called parilladas.
You might associate Argentine drinking culture with yerba mate, but Argentina has a vibrant cocktail scene as well. Read on to discover my list of Argentinian cocktails to make to wow guests at your next dinner party.
Best Argentinian Cocktails
One of the most alcoholic beverages you’ll see, the Argentina Cocktail has a whopping four different spirits and liqueurs. It’s equal parts gin and dry vermouth with an additional dash of brandy and triple sec.
The addition of orange and angostura bitters makes this a botanical and citrusy cocktail. It may be a small-glass cocktail, but one of these is enough to get a buzz going.
This bright and summery cocktail originated from a Buenos Aires burger restaurant. Argentina has a world-famous wine culture, but we usually associate it with red wines. This recipe uses a local white wine called Torrontes to mix with gin, grapefruit juice, and strawberry-infused simple syrup.
Strawberries and wine are the perfect pairings for an elegant cocktail. This is another easy recipe that involves throwing all ingredients into a shaker.
Argentine Old Fashioned
This Latin take on the Old Fashioned substitutes one smokey spirit for another, using aged tequila instead of bourbon. Argentina’s Italian population undoubtedly influenced this recipe, combining tequila with Cocchi di Torino Vermouth and Amaro.
The piece de resistance in this recipe is infusing the tequila with leftover fat renderings from your latest parillada or barbecue. This cocktail brings the concept of meaty-tasting drinks to literal reality.
The most iconic Argentinian cocktail of all, Fernandito is the simple, two-ingredient combo of coke and fernet. Fernet is a native Argentinian spirit that’s an iteration of Italian Amaro, made by fermenting grape spirits with herbs and spices like myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, aloe, and saffron.
Fernet is the definition of earthy bitterness, and coke is the perfect complement.
Created by an Argentinian mixologist in collaboration with Jameson Whisky, El General combines whiskey, wine, and bitters, for a smokey, earthy, and rich cocktail.
Of course, an Argentinian Malbec or Cab is the suggested wine – this is an easy recipe if you have all the ingredients on hand. It would pair perfectly with a steak dinner.
This fruity wine cocktail is an Argentinian version of Sangria. Instead of red wine, this recipe calls for Torrontes white wine. White wine combines with orangey triple sec, soda water, and all your favorite summery fruits like kiwi, peaches, and tangerines.
This recipe is meant for a large party, macerating all the fruit and sugar before adding the liquids for the best flavor infusion.
This unique cocktail recipe has you stack each liquid on top of the next in a specific order in a martini glass. It calls for equal parts vermouth, Cointreau, and Benedictine with a dash of gin and angostura bitters to top it all off.
The sweetness from the vermouth and Cointreau blends well with the botanical bitterness of the gin and angostura bitters.
Argentinian cocktails offer a wonderful balance of sweet and earthy. All the cocktails on my list are sophisticated mixtures, many using Argentinian-born spirits and wines.
After drinking your way through my list, I’d love to hear your opinions on the recipes in the comments below!
Top 7 Argentinian Cocktails
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