Quenching Your Peruvian Thirst.

By BobbyRica | March 28, 2012

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While exploring Peru, you suddenly feel parched – your throat needs a refreshing, delicious drink! So what will you get? Fortunately for you, there are many great choices of drinks in Peru. It’s not just the wine, beer, and other cocktails. There are also interesting sodas and tasty Peruvian beverages you can enjoy.

Chicha morada and Inca kola are two popular soft drinks you can try in Peru. Chicha morada is a soft drink made from boiled purple corn and infused with sugar and spices. You will easily find Chicha morada in Peruvian restaurants, served freshly-made. Many Peruvians say the best Chicha morada is made from freshly-boiled chicha. You can also buy this in markets,though, either canned or bottled. Some street vendors also sell this drink, but be careful – the water they use may not be very trustworthy.

If you want a more mainstream drink, though, try Inca kola, which is the Peruvian version of cola. Inca kola tastes like bubble gum and appears as a bright yellow liquid. Recently, this brand was purchased by Coca Cola.

If you are wandering around the Peruvian streets, you may also be offered emoliente by some street vendors. Emoliente is a thick and flavorful Peruvian drink that appears like a thick tea. It is made from fruit extracts and herbs, and served hot or cold. Emoliente is actually the customary “after-party” beverage drink.

You should also try coca tea, or mate de coca. Although it is a controversial beverage in other countries around the world, coca tea is legal in Peru and is not considered a drug. It is created from the leaves of the coca plant. Coca tea is best enjoyed hot, although it can also be ingested cold.

If you’re a coffee lover and not a tea lover, not to worry – you will certainly find your fill of coffee in Peru. This country is the biggest organic coffee producer in the world. You can also enjoy fresh fruit juices here, because of the abundance of locally-grown fruits in the country.

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