5 Must-Try Drinks in Puerto Rico

by Rease Kirchner

Sharing a drink among friends and family is an important part of Puerto Rican culture, and this Caribbean island is home to many unique options to enjoy. Here are 5 drinks you absolutely must try if you travel to Puerto Rico.

1. Rum

This one is obvious. Who could even think of the Caribbean without thinking about rum? While many people’s minds might immediately jump to Bacardi as the go-to rum, that’s hardly a favourite in Puerto Rico. True rum-lovers will go for Don Q or Ron de Barrilito. Whether you take shots or sip on a rum cocktail, you are certain to appreciate the quality of Puerto Rican rum.

2. Medalla

If you are more of a beer person, then Medalla Light, the national beer, might be just right for you. This light beer is perfect for a lazy day at the beach or to wash down some of the heavy fried food you are sure to be consuming during your stay.

3. Gasolina

This stuff is as potent as the name makes it sound. Gasolina is an American cocktail brand with the tag line “Party in a Pouch.” This pre-mixed drink comes in a pouch (much like a Capri Sun) with a built-in straw. Gasolina Original includes both rum and tequila—it is so strong that even seasoned drinkers may start stumbling after 2 pouches. Gasolina is very popular in Puerto Rico and is easy on your night-out budget.

4. Coquito

Coquito is sometimes referred to as Puerto Rican eggnog, as some recipes include egg yolks. However, lighter versions will skip the egg and just mix up coconut milk, white rum, sweetened condensed milk, shredded coconut, cinnamon and nutmeg. The creamy drink can be a bit dangerous, as it is not always easy to tell how much rum is mixed in.

5. Pitorro

Good luck finding this one. Pitorro is the Puerto Rican rum equivalent of “moonshine” and it is technically illegal. If you are lucky, you might find a local that makes their own Pitorro and would be willing to give you a shot (or three). This stuff will hit hard, so drink responsibly.

Any or all of these drinks are sure to play an integral part of experiencing Puerto Rico like a local. As always, be careful when trying to match a local drink for drink—you want to remember your experiences, after all!