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  • Cocktails are an essential part of any holiday. What could be better than relaxing on the beach with a Mojito or Strawberry Daiquiri in hand? In honour of this poolside staple, we’re bringing you a cocktail recipe every month. This month, it’s a Costa Rican classic, the guaro sour cocktail…

    Costa Rica is well-known David Attenborough territory, thanks to the acres of thick jungle you can explore and the rare plant and animal species you can spot. On a visit to the Central American country, you can trek through the rainforest and stay overnight in a treehouse, clamber across the famous hanging bridges in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and see tiny hummingbirds, glass frogs and sleeping sloths.

    Of course, after all that adventuring, you’ll need a tipple to toast your amazing day. Enter the traditional guaro sour cocktail, which despite its name, is a sweet and refreshing drink. It’s made with Guaro Cacique, which is Costa Rica’s official spirit, and plenty of herbs, in a nod to the rainforest-rich country.

    Guaro sour cocktails are really common in Costa Rica, so ask your hotel bartender to make up this tasty drink for you to try – they might even have their own spin on the famous recipe. Or, pick up a bottle of Guaro Cacique as a souvenir, and try making one at home.

    Here’s our step-by-step guide to making a guaro sour cocktail at home…


    Makes one cocktail

    • 2 basil leaves
    • 7 coriander leaves
    • handful of ice-cubes
    • 1 ½ measures Guaro Cacique liquor
    • 1 lime
    • 1 measure brown sugar syrup
    • soda water
    • salt

    The step-by-step method

    Tear up the basil and coriander leaves and put them in the shaker.

    Add some of the Guaro Cacique – but don’t go too crazy, it’s a potent liqueur.

    Squeeze in the juice of a lime and the brown sugar syrup.

    Muddle everything together and shake.

    Salt the rim of a tumble and pour the mixture into the glass.

    Top up with soda water and add a wedge of lime.

    Did you know?

    Pura vida – which translates to pure life – is the Costa Rican way of saying ‘cheers’.

    Enjoy All Inclusive cocktails at our First Choice resorts

    You don’t even need to leave your hotel to enjoy some of the world’s best cocktails. Most of our All Inclusive holidays include beer, wine, local drinks, soft drinks and cocktails as standard. What you get varies by hotel, so you should always check what’s on offer. Our Premier resorts offer rooms with spirit optics and drinks served by poolside butlers, while resorts like the Club Barbados Resort and Spa in Barbados have a special cocktail menu which includes their signature cocktail, the Green Monkey.

    Browse our All Inclusive holidays here and find out more about what’s included on an All Inclusive holiday. And keep an eye on the First Choice blog for more delicious cocktail recipes every month.