Costa Rica : Myths from the Guaro

By , December 23, 2020 1:58 pm

Every country has a unique beverage it claims as its own. In Costa Rica, the beverage of choice is Guaro.

Beverages

There is a certain national pride related to claiming an alcoholic beverage. Think of Mexico and tequila immediately concerns mind. Vodka, obviously, complements Russia. Visit Greece and an ouzo headache can’t be far behind. Aquavit in Sweden will surely turn your head…and stomach. Costa Rica, obviously, couldn’t lose out on the fun.

Guaro

Depending on which bartender you talk with, Guaro is either a head erasing alcohol beverage or a power drink with only a little kick. Guaro is the national beverage of Costa Rica. Despite visiting Costa Rica on multiple occasions, I have never tried. And for good reason.

The Guinea Pig

Ten folks were chilling out in the beach town of Carrillo just taking at night after a later date in the sun. Carrillo is a good town for fishing and a couple of epic surf spots are close by. It is comparable to Tamarindo, but without the overwhelming ex-pat influence. Unfortunately, Carrillo is very tame at night. Put another way, there is really nothing to do.

A bit bored, the ten folks had congregated in a cafĂ© overlooking the ocean. Tables and chairs had been pushed together and we had reached the idea at night where we were telling lies about how exactly great we used to be pink whitney mixed drinks. The bartender/owner approached our table and suggested we hadn’t experience Costa Rica until we had sampled Guaro. Among our merry band was selected.

Known humorously as Mexico Mike, our guinea pig was experienced in the means of Mexican Tequila. Mexico was remotely near to Costa Rica, so the drinks were probably similar. Indeed, Mexico Mike was the person for the job.

The shot glass came. Jokes were made. Mike through it back. A tiny grimace, a lime, slaps on the back and general laughter. Just once we started egging one another to be the following person to have Costa Rica, a funny thing happened.

Mexico Mike was becoming Pink Mike. Laughter stopped and concern spread over the table such as the rash developing on his arms. We were probably three hours from a hospital and the definition of “pink eye” was taking on a bigger meaning. His skin was turning pink! You might actually view it moving down his arms and across his chest. His girlfriend, Stuart, wasn’t happy!

It must be a strange feeling to sit there and watch your skin layer change colors. Mike was cracking jokes as is his nature, but there clearly was a definite tension to his laugh. Fortunately, the reaction soon slowed and retreated. Within 20 minutes, he was good as new and we had a brand new story to tell.

 

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