Episode 112: Cacique Guaro

Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur

Dec 2 2022 • 18 mins

Episode 112 features Cacique Guaro. Bottled in 365ml at 30% ABV, or 60 proof and it retails for about $3.

Enjoy this episode with a pour of Cacique Guaro if you can find it.

Cacique Guaro's official website: https://fanal.co.cr/

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1850 - Beverage alcohol production is nationalized in Costa Rica
  • 1853 - Fábrica Nacional De Licores, aka FANAL, is established and begins producing guaro
  • 1980 - FANAL brands Cacique Guaro and begins bottling it
  • 2015 - Cacique Guaro sells 1 million 9-liter equivalent cases

Key Cocktails:

Most Cacique Guaro is consumed mixed with fruit juice, or consumed neat. But, you can try this "fancy" version of a popular shot featuring Cacique Guaro.

Chiliguaro (makes a batch to share)

  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • ⅔ cups Guaro - or as much as you want
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped red pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • ½ tsp lizano sauce
  • ¼ tsp tabasco
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Blend all the ingredients, strain and store in a glass bottle in the fridge. Serve very cold in shot glasses.


Wikipedia Article on Cacique Guaro

Article on What is Cacique Guaro from the Tico Times

Article on Giving Guaro a Second Sip from the Tico Times

The National Drink of Cost Rica

YouTube Video on the History of Guaro - In Spanish

YouTube Factory Tour

Canadian Distributor's Website

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