252 delightful drinks in Spanish to wet your word whistle

Whether you love to have fun or simply want to stay hydrated during your travels, knowing how to talk about drinks in Spanish is going to be a game-changer.

Even if you already know how to order food in Spanish, you’ll want to order something to wash it all down too! Luckily, there are hundreds of delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for you to order, from the typical coffees and fruit juices to local specialties that you may or may not have heard of.

If you’re learning Spanish, you’ll definitely want to pay special attention to this blog! Not only will it round out your knowledge of Spanish, but it will also allow you to order and drink specialty drinks like a pro. For example, are you familiar with tapas culture in Spain? Know how to drink tequila like a pro? Keep reading and we’ll show you!

Ready to quench your thirst? ¡Vamos!

How do you say “drinks” in Spanish?

The first thing you need to learn, of course, is how to actually say “drinks” in Spanish. Lucky for you, there’s an easy word for all drinks and beverages: las bebidas. These can be both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, so you can just use that word to refer to any unidentified drink!

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
DrinkUna bebidaβeˈβiðabeh-bee-da
DrinksUnas bebidasβeˈβiðasbeh-bee-das
Drink (alcoholic)Un tragoˈtɾaɣotrah-go
Drinks (alcoholic)Unos tragosˈtɾaɣostrah-gos
CocktailUn cóctelˈkok̚tɛlcock-tel
CocktailsUnos cocteleskok̚ˈtelescock-tel-ehs

How to order drinks in Spanish

If you want to get to ordering right away (maybe you’re already at the restaurant!), here are a few easy ways to order exactly what you want. So, don’t sweat it if the waiter is already standing by! We’ll also include pronunciation guides on how to order drinks in Spanish so you can order without problems.

How to order drinks in Spanish at a bar.

EnglishSpanishIPA Pronunciation
Hi, may I please have a ____?Hola, ¿te puedo pedir un ____, por favor?ˈola | te ˈpweðo peˈðiɾ ũn | poɾ faˈβoɾoh-la teh poo-eh-doh peh-deer oon _____ pore fa-vor
I want a coffee with almond milk and brown sugar, please.Quiero un café con leche de almendras y azúcar morena, por favor.ˈkjɛɾo ũ̯n kaˈfe kõn ˈleʧe ðe alˈmɛ̃ndɾas j aˈsukaɾ moˈɾena | poɾ faˈβoɾkey-air-oh oon ca-feh con leh-che deh al-men-dras e ah-sue-car mo-reh-na pore fa-vor
I’d like a really cold beer, please.Quisiera una cerveza bien helada, por favor.kiˈsjɛɾa ˈuna sɛɾˈβesa ˈβjɛn eˈlaða | poɾ faˈβoɾkey-see-air-ah oo-na ser-veh-sa bee-ehn eh-la-da pore fa-vor
I would like a cocktail that’s not too sweet, please.Me gustaría un cóctel que no esté muy dulce, por favor.me ɣustaˈɾia ũ̯n ˈkok̚tɛl ˈke ˈno ɛsˈte mwi ˈðulse | poɾ faˈβoɾmeh goose-ta-ree-ah oon coc-tel keh no es-teh mooy dool-seh pore fa-vor
I would like a glass of Argentine malbec, please.Quisiera una copa de malbec argentino, por favor.kiˈsjɛɾa ˈuna ˈkopa ðe malˈβɛk aɾxɛ̃nˈtino | poɾ faˈβoɾkey-see-air-ah oo-na co-pa deh mal-bec ar-hen-teen-oh por fa-vor
Do you have any non-alcoholic drinks?¿Tienes bebidas sin alcohol?ˈtjenes̬ βeˈβiðas sin alkoˈoltee-eh-nes beh-bee-das seen al-col
Is it okay if I sit down just to have a drink?¿Está bien si me siento solo a tomar una bebida?ɛsˈta ˈβjɛ̃n si me ˈsjɛ̃nto ˈsolo a toˈmaɾ ˈuna βeˈβiðaes-tah bee-ehn see meh see-ehn-toe so-lo ah toe-mar oo-na beh-bee-da
I would like a hot latte, please. What milk options do you have?Quisiera un latte caliente, por favor. ¿Qué opciones de leche tienen?kiˈsjɛɾa ũ̯n ˈlat̚te kaˈljɛ̃nte | poɾ faˈβoɾ ‖ ˈke opˈsjones̬ ðe ˈleʧe ˈtjenɛ̃nkey-see-air-ah oon la-teh por fa-vor
I would like a banderita with Don Julio 70 tequila, please.Quisiera una banderita con tequila Don Julio 70, por favor.kiˈsjɛɾa ˈuna βãndɛˈɾita kõn teˈkila ˈðõn ˈxuljo sɛˈtɛ̃nta | poɾ faˈβoɾkey-see-air-ah oo-na ban-deh-ree-ta con teh-key-la don who-lee-oh seh-ten-ta por fa-vor
May I order a pint of beer and sparkling water, please?¿Te puedo pedir una pinta de cerveza y un agua con gas, por favor?te ˈpweðo peˈðiɾ ˈuna ˈpĩnta ðe sɛɾˈβesa j un ˈaɣwa kõn ˈɡas | poɾ faˈβoɾteh poo-eh-doh peh-deer oo-na peen-ta deh ser-veh-sa e oon ah-goo-ah con gas por fa-vor

Drinks in Spanish

Now, let’s get to the meat and potatoes (or the beverage alternative to this) of this article. As you know, there are hundreds and hundreds of types of beverages out there, so we’ll break them down into broad categories. We’ve included over 160 unique drinks in this guide, so be patient as you work your way through every section!

Water in Spanish

Perhaps surprisingly, there are many different types of water out there. In addition to the popular still and sparkling water, the origin of the water is also very important. Check out the following table to learn 16 ways to say water in Spanish.

Sparkling or still water in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
WaterEl aguaˈaɣwaah-goo-ah
Still waterEl agua naturalˈaɣwa natuˈɾalah-goo-ah nah-too-ral
Mineral waterEl agua mineralˈaɣwa minɛˈɾalah-goo-ah me-neh-ral
Tonic waterEl agua tónicaˈaɣwa ˈtonikaah-goo-ah toe-nee-cah
Soda waterEl agua con gasˈaɣwa kõn ˈɡasah-goo-ah con gas
Bottle of waterUna botella de aguaβoˈteʝa ðe ˈaɣwabo-teh-ya deh ah-goo-ah
Tap waterEl agua de la llaveˈaɣwa ðe la ˈʝaβeah-goo-ah deh la ya-veh
Glass of waterUn vaso de aguaˈbaso ðe ˈaɣwavah-so deh ah-goo-ah
Jug of waterUna jarra de aguaˈxara ðe ˈaɣwaha-rah deh ah-goo-ah
Infused waterEl agua con infusiónˈaɣwa kon ĩmfuˈsjõnah-goo-ah con een-foo-see-on
Spring waterEl agua de manantialˈaɣwa ðe manãnˈtjalah-goo-ah deh mah-nan-tee-al
Glacier waterEl agua del glaciarˈaɣwa ðɛl ɣlaˈsjaɾah-goo-ah del gla-see-ar
Distilled waterEl agua destiladaˈaɣwa ðɛstiˈlaðaah-goo-ah des-tee-la-dah
Purified waterEl agua purificadaˈaɣwa puɾifiˈkaðaah-goo-ah poo-re-fee-cah-dah
Alkaline waterEl agua alcalinaˈaɣwa alkaˈlinaah-goo-ah al-cah-lee-nah
Well waterEl agua de pozoˈaɣwa ðe ˈposoah-goo-ah deh po-so

Cold non-alcoholic soft drinks like sodas and juices in Spanish

If you’re underage or don’t enjoy drinking alcohol, there are plenty of fantastic juices, soft drinks and sodas in Spanish-speaking countries for you. You’ll be able to find all the most popular ones, in addition to some special local beverages that you wouldn’t be able to find in your home country!

Breakfast with orange juice in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
JuiceEl jugo / el zumoˈxuɣo / ˈsumowho-go / zoo-mo
SodaEl refrescoreˈfɾɛskoreh-fres-coh
Orange juiceEl jugo de naranjaˈxuɣo ðe naˈɾãnxawho-go deh na-rahn-ha
LemonadeLa limonadalimoˈnaðalee-mo-na-da
MilkLa lecheˈleʧeleh-che
Root beerLa cerveza de raízsɛɾˈβesa ðe raˈisser-veh-sa deh rah-ees
KombuchaLa kombuchakõmˈbuʧakom-boo-cha
SmoothieEl licuadoliˈkwaðolee-coo-ah-doh
Bubble teaEl té con tapiocaˈte kõn taˈpjokateh con tah-pee-oh-cah
Fruit waterLas aguas frescasˈaɣwas ˈfɾɛskasah-goo-as fres-cas
Ginger beerLa cerveza de jengibresɛɾˈβesa ðe xɛ̃nˈxiβɾeser-veh-sa deh hen-he-breh
HorchataLa horchataoɾˈʧataor-cha-tah
Iced teaEl té heladoˈte eˈlaðoteh eh-la-doh
Iced coffeeEl café heladokaˈfe eˈlaðocah-feh eh-la-doh
MilkLa lecheˈleʧeleh-che
Almond milkLa leche de almendrasˈleʧe ðe alˈmɛ̃ndɾasleh-che deh al-men-drass
Soy milkLa leche de soyaˈleʧe ðe ˈsoʝaleh-che deh so-ya
Coconut milkLa leche de cocoˈleʧe ðe ˈkokoleh-che deh co-co
Sparkling lemonadeLa limonada minerallimoˈnaða minɛˈɾallee-mo-nah-da mee-neh-ral
Hibiscus waterLa jamaicaxaˈmai̯kaha-mah-e-cah
SlushieEl raspadorasˈpaðoras-ph-doh

Tea and coffee in Spanish

Starting the day with a steaming cup of hot coffee or a nice cup of chai is something that many of us can’t ever miss. So, if you’re worried about traveling abroad and not being able to get your caffeine fix, the following table on hot drinks covering mostly tea and coffee in Spanish will surely help you out!

Tea and coffee in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
CoffeeEl cafékaˈfeca-feh
Coffee with milkEl café con lechekaˈfe kõn ˈleʧeca-feh con leh-che
Coffee with milk and sugarEl café con leche y azúcarkaˈfe kõn ˈleʧe j aˈsukaɾca-feh con leh-che e ah-soo-car
Decaf coffeeEl café descafeinadokaˈfe ðɛskafei̯ˈnaðocah-feh des-ca-feh-e-nah-doh
TeaEl téˈteteh
Hot chocolateEl chocolate calienteʧokoˈlate kaˈljɛ̃ntecho-co-la--teh cah-lee-en-teh
Chai latteEl chai latteˈʧai̯ ˈlat̚techa-e la-teh
CappuccinoEl capuchinokapuˈʧinoca-poo-chee-no
EspressoEl espressoɛsˈpɾɛssoes-preh-so
Drip coffeeEl café de filtrokaˈfe ðe ˈfiltɾoca-feh deh feel-tro
LatteEl café lattekaˈfe ˈlat̚teca-feh la-teh
CortadoEl café cortadokaˈfe koɾˈtaðoca-feh core-ta-doh
AmericanoEl café americanokaˈfe amɛɾiˈkanoca-feh ah-meh-re-cah-no
Turkish coffeeEl café turcokaˈfe ˈtuɾkoca-feh toor-coh
FrappéEl frappéfɾap̚ˈpefra-peh
Herbal teaEl té herbalˈte ɛɾˈβalteh air-bal
Black teaEl té negroˈte ˈneɣɾoteh neh-gro
Green teaEl té verdeˈte ˈβɛɾðeteh ver-deh
Mint teaEl té de mentaˈte ðe ˈmɛ̃ntateh deh men-tah
Chamomile teaEl té de manzanillaˈte ðe mãnsaˈniʝateh deh man-za-nee-ya
Cinnamon teaEl té de canelaˈte ðe kaˈnelateh deh cah-neh-la
Jasmine teaEl té de jazmínˈte ðe xas̬ˈmĩnteh deh has-meen

Alcoholic drinks and cocktails in Spanish

If you really enjoy the nightlife, or may simply want to have a cocktail or two on your next trip, you’ll need to know how to order mixed alcoholic beverages and cocktails in Spanish. From Mexican margaritas to Puerto Rican piña coladas, there are plenty of tasty cocktails you can order next time you find yourself in a Spanish-speaking country and want to have some fun!

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
MargaritaLa margaritamaɾɣaˈɾitamar-ga-ree-ta
Gin and tonicEl gin tonicˈxĩn toˈnikyeen toh-neek
SangriaLa sangríasãnˈɡɾiasan-gree-ah
MojitoEl mojitomoˈxitomo-he-toe
MimosaLa mimosamiˈmosame-mo-sa
Old-fashionedEl old-fashionedoldfasjoˈnɛðold-fah-shon
Bloody MaryLa bloody maryβloˈoði ˈmaɾibloody mary
Piña coladaLa piña coladaˈpiɲa koˈlaðapee-nya coh-la-da
Tequila sunriseEl tequila sunriseteˈkila sũnˈriseteh-key-la sunrise
DaiquiriEl daiquiridai̯ˈkiɾidah-e-key-ree
Irish coffeeEl café irlandéskaˈfe i̯ɾlãnˈdesca-feh ir-lan-des
CarajilloEl carajillokaɾaˈxiʝoca-ra-he-yo
MartiniEl martinimaɾˈtinimar-tee-knee
PalomaLa palomapaˈlomapah-lo-mah

Beer in Spanish

Although most people would think of Germany or Belgium when they first think of beer, Hispanic countries are also beer production juggernauts. In fact, Corona is one of the top ten best-selling beers in the world and was created in Mexico City! So, consider trying out the local brews next time you travel through Latin America!

Friends enjoying drinks in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
A beerUna cervezasɛɾˈβesaser-veh-za
A beer canUna cerveza en latasɛɾˈβesa ɛ̃n ˈlataser-veh-za ehn la-tah
A beer bottleUna cerveza en botellasɛɾˈβesa ɛ̃m boˈteʝaser-veh-za ehn boh-teh-yah
A 16oz serving of beerUna mediaˈmeðjameh-dee-ah
A pint of beerUna pinta de cervezaˈpĩnta ðe sɛɾˈβesapeen-tah deh ser-veh-za
AleLa cerveza inglesasɛɾˈβesa ĩ̯nˈɡlesaser-veh-za een-gleh-za
LagerLa cerveza lagersɛɾˈβesa laˈxɛɾser-veh-za lah-ger
StoutLa cerveza stoutsɛɾˈβesa ˈstou̯tser-veh-za stout
Craft beerLa cerveza artesanalsɛɾˈβesa aɾtesaˈnalser-veh-za ar-teh-sa-nal
Light beerLa cerveza clarasɛɾˈβesa ˈklaɾaser-veh-za clah-ra
Dark beerLa cerveza oscurasɛɾˈβesa osˈkuɾaser-veh-za os-coo-ra
Non-alcoholic beerLa cerveza sin alcoholsɛɾˈβesa sin alkoˈolser-veh-za seen al-col
Low-carb beerLa cerveza baja en carbohidratossɛɾˈβesa ˈβaxa ɛ̃n kaɾβoiˈðɾatosser-veh-za ba-ha ehn cah-lo-ree-as
A small beerLa cañaˈkaɲacah-nyah
MicheladaLa micheladamiʧeˈlaðame-che-la-da
Michelada with tomato juiceLa michelada con clamatomiʧeˈlaða kõn klaˈmatome-che-la-da con cla-ma-toe
Beer with lime juice and saltLa michelada cubanamiʧeˈlaða kuˈβaname-che-la-da coo-bah-na

Wine in Spanish

Wine enthusiasts around the world already know that some of the best wine comes from Spanish-speaking countries. From Spain’s Rioja to Mexico’s Nebbiolo, Chile’s Cabernet Sauvignon, and Argentina's Malbec, you won’t have a shortage of excellent wine options next time you visit a Hispanic country.

Restaurant table setting with wine in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
White wineEl vino blancoˈβino ˈβlãnkove-no blahn-co
ChampagneLa champañaʧãmˈpaɲacham-pa-nyah
Red wineEl vino tintoˈβino ˈtĩntove-no teen-to
RoséEl vino rosadoˈβino roˈsaðove-no ro-sa-doh
Green wineEl vino verdeˈβino ˈβɛɾðeve-no ver-deh
Orange wineEl vino naranjaˈβino naˈɾãnxave-no na-ran-ha
Mulled wineEl vino calienteˈβino kaˈljɛ̃nteve-no cah-lee-en-teh
Sparkling wineEl vino espumosoˈβino ɛspuˈmosove-no es-poo-mo-so
ProseccoEl proseccopɾoˈsek̚kopro-seh-coh
A glass of wineUna copa de vinoˈkopa ðe ˈβinoco-pa deh ve-no
A bottle of wineUna botella de vinoβoˈteʝa ðe ˈβinobo-teh-ya deh ve-no
Red wine mixed with sparkling waterUn tinto de veranoˈtĩnto ðe βɛˈɾanoteen-toe deh veh-ra-no

Distilled liquor in Spanish

If you’re more into ordering your liquor straight-up, check out our table below to learn how to say different types of distilled liquor in Spanish. We’ve also included some local liquors in a later section, so keep reading to learn even more about liquor in Spanish!

Friends enjoying cocktails in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
WhiskeyEl güiskiˈɣwiskigoo-is-key
ScotchEl escosésɛskoˈseses-coh-sehs
RumEl ronˈrõnron
SakeEl sakeˈsakesah-keh
VodkaEl vodkaˈβoðkavod-kah
TequilaEl tequilateˈkilateh-key-la
GinLa ginebraxiˈneβɾahe-neh-bra
CognacEl coñackoˈɲakcoh-nyac
BourbonEl borbónβoɾˈβõnbore-bon

National drinks of Spanish-speaking countries

You know what they say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans.” One of the best parts about traveling is getting to discover the local flavors, so if you’d like to get an early idea of what you can expect to drink when you visit your next Spanish-speaking country, check out the table below.

CountryEnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
MexicoTequilaEl tequilateˈkilateh-key-la
ArgentinaMateEl mateˈmatema-teh
BoliviaChuflayEl chuflayʧuˈflai̯cho-fla-e
BoliviaSinganiEl singanisĩnˈɡaniseen-ga-nee
ChilePisco SourEl pisco sourˈpisko ˈsou̯ɾpees-coe sour
ColombiaAguardienteEl aguardienteaɣwaɾˈðjɛ̃nteah-goo-ah-ar-dee-ehn-teh
ColombiaCoffeeEl cafékaˈfecah-feh
Costa RicaImperialEl imperialĩmpɛˈɾjalem-peh-re-al
CubaCuba libreLa cuba libreˈkuβa ˈliβɾecoo-bah lee-breh
CubaMojitoEl mojitomoˈxitomoh-he-toe
CubaDaiquiriEl daiquiridai̯ˈkiɾidah-e-key-re
Dominican RepublicMama JuanaLa mamajuanamamaˈxwanama-ma-who-ah-na
EcuadorChichaLa Chichaˈʧiʧachee-cha
El SalvadorPilsnerLa pilsnerpils̬ˈnɛɾpeels-ner
El SalvadorChampagne colaLa cola champañaˈkola ʧãmˈpaɲacoh-la cham-pah-nyah
GuatemalaGalloLa galloˈɣaʝogah-yo
HondurasPinolEl piñolpiˈɲolpee-nyol
NicaraguaMacuáEl macuámaˈkwamah-coo-ah
PanamaSeco HerreranoEl Seco Herreranoˈseko ɛrɛˈɾanoseh-co eh-reh-ra-no
ParaguayMateEl mateˈmatema-teh
PeruPisco sourEl pisco sourˈpisko ˈsou̯ɾpees-coe sour
PeruInca colaLa inca kolaˈĩnka ˈkolaeen-ca co-la
Puerto RicoPina coladaLa piña coladaˈpiɲa koˈlaðapee-nyah co-la-da
UruguayMateEl mateˈmatema-teh
VenezuelaRumEl ronˈrõnron

Drink-related verbs

On top of knowing how to say beverage types in Spanish, you’ll also need to know some related verbs in order to get by. For example, you’ll need a way to let your friends know when you need a drink, so you’ll want to know how to say that you’re thirsty in Spanish. Here are some useful drink-related verbs in Spanish.

Group of friends at a table drinking wine and talking in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
To drinkTomartoˈmaɾtoh-mar
To be thirstyTener sedteˈnɛɾ ˈsɛðteh-ner sehd
To be potableSer potableˈsɛɾ poˈtaβleser poh-ta-bleh
To be drunkEstar borrachoɛsˈtaɾ βoˈraʧoes-tar bo-ra-cho
To be tipsyEstar un poco borrachoɛsˈtaɾ ũm ˈpoko βoˈraʧoes-tar oon po-co bo-ra-cho
To orderPedirpeˈðiɾpeh-deer
To wantQuererkɛˈɾɛɾkeh-rer
To pourServirsɛɾˈβiɾser-veer
To boilHervirɛɾˈβiɾair-veer
To diluteDiluirdiˈlwiɾdee-loo-eer
To dissolveDisolverdisolˈβɛɾdee-sol-ver
To spillDerramardɛraˈmaɾdɛraˈmaɾdeh-ra-mar

​​Other important drink-related vocab

On top of drinks and drink-related verbs, you’ll also find it handy to learn the vocabulary around drinks. For example, is there a difference between a regular glass for water and a wine glass? Check out the table below to learn the difference between these two and other important drink-related vocab.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
CupEl vasoˈβasova-so
MugLa tazaˈtasata-za
GlassEl vasoˈβasova-so
Wine glassLa copa de vinoˈkopa ðe ˈβinoco-pa deh vee-no
Pint glassLa pintaˈpĩntapeen-ta
Sippy cup (kids)La taza de entrenamientoˈtasa ðɛ ɛ̃ntɾenaˈmjɛ̃ntota-za deh ehn-treh-na-me-ehn-toe
Plastic cupEl vaso de plásticoˈβaso ðe ˈplastikovah-so deh plas-tee-co
Disposable cupEl vaso desechableˈβaso ðeseˈʧaβlevah-so des-eh-cha-bleh
StrawEl popote / La pajapoˈpote | la ˈpaxapo-po-teh / pah-ha
Cheers!¡Salud!saˈluð ‖sa-lood
With iceCon hielokõn ˈɟʝelokon e-eh-lo
Without iceSin hielosĩn ˈɟʝeloseen e-eh-lo
BottleLa botellaβoˈteʝabo-teh-ya
Pitcher / jugLa jarraˈxaraha-rah
CanLa lataˈlatala-ta
A shotUn shotˈsotshot
Wine glassLa copaˈkopako-pah

Where to go out for a drink in Spanish-speaking countries

Going out for a drink in Spanish-speaking countries is much easier than you’d think–and perhaps even more exciting, too! You’ll find all the typical options for getting drinks, such as bars, restaurants, coffee shops, tea houses, and even street vendors that can help you quench your thirst!

1. Bars

Spanish-speaking countries have some of the best bars in the world. In fact, two of the five best bars in the world are located in a Spanish-speaking country! Make sure to indulge in some of the most highly-acclaimed cocktails in the world next time you visit one of these countries!

Plus, there are some unique drinking experiences in Hispanic countries that you likely won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world. Keep reading to learn all about Spanish tapas and Mexican tequila.

How to order tapas like a true Spaniard

If you’ve ever been to a bar in Spain before, you’ve probably seen the delight of tapas in action. Otherwise, you’ve probably heard of these bite-sized snacks somewhere in your home country. But how do tapas work in Spain?

Keep the following tapas rules in mind to order tapas like a true Spaniard:

  • You will normally get complimentary tapas any time you order a drink at a restaurant or bar.
  • Tapas can come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from a handful of olives to some slices of jamón serrano.
  • Some tapas are individual while others may come in larger plates meant to be shared amongst the table.
  • You can order tapas from the waiter, but you may be charged for them.
  • Some bars and restaurants will have a tapas menu that you can order off of.
  • Tapas are served anytime drinks are served!

So there you have it, now you know how you order drinks with tapas like a true pro!

Ways to drink tequila like a true Mexican

Drink tequila like a true Mexican in Spanish.

If you enjoy drinking, you’ve probably had a margarita before, or perhaps even a shot of tequila. However, did you know that these are not the most common ways Mexicans drink tequila? In fact, the most popular ways to drink tequila in Mexico are usually quite uncommon in the United States and other countries!

Of course, the margarita was invented in Mexico, although its origins are disputed from Ensenada to Tijuana to Juarez. Regardless, it’s not the drink of choice of the Mexican people–not by a longshot. You can still order a margarita if you’d like, though, as everyone knows what they are. Keep reading if you’d like to order something a bit more authentic next time you’re in Mexico!

Here are some of the most common ways Mexican people drink tequila:

English descriptionSpanish nameIPAPronunciation
Tequila served in a tall shot glass. It is sipped, not taken as a shot.El tequila en caballitoteˈkila ɛ̃n kaβaˈʝitoteh-key-la ehn ca-ba-yee-toe
Three tall shot glasses: one with tequila, one with lime juice, and one with sangrita. You take a small sip of each one.Una banderitaβãndɛˈɾitaban-deh-re-ta
Two tall shot glasses: one with tequila and one with sangrita. Sangrita is a non-alcoholic drink made from a blend of spices.El tequila con sangritateˈkila kõn sãnˈɡɾitateh-key-la con sal
Tequila with lime juice and saltEl tequila con limón y salteˈkila kõn liˈmon i ˈsalteh-key-la cohn lee-mon e sal
Tequila served in a cognac glass. Usually reserved for high-end tequilas.El tequila en copa coñaquerateˈkila ɛ̃n ˈkopa koɲaˈkɛɾateh-key-la ehn co-pa co-nyah-keh-ra
Tequila served in a champagne flute. Usually reserved for ultra-high-end tequilas.El tequila en copa de champañateˈkila ɛ̃n ˈkopa ðe ʧãmˈpaɲateh-key-la ehn co-pa deh cham-pah-nyah
Tequila cocktail made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, salt, and club soda.La palomapaˈlomapa-lo-ma

Most famous bars in Spanish-speaking countries

Again, Spanish-speaking countries are world-renowned for their high-quality mixology and drinks. Each country has its own specialties, so you should try to visit the most famous bar in the country as you travel through the Hispanic countries!

CountryNameLocation
SpainParadisoBarcelona
MexicoLicorería LimantourMexico City
GuatemalaShakespeare’s PubGuatemala City
NicaraguaReefManagua
El SalvadorRepublik BarSan Salvador
HondurasFrank’s Cigar BarRoatan
Costa RicaJazz Café San PedroSan José
PanamaLa Rana DoradaPanama City
CubaLa Bodeguita del MedioHavana
Dominican RepublicOnno’s Zona ColonialSanto Domingo
Puerto RicoLa FactoríaSan Juan
ColombiaAlquímicoCartagena
VenezuelaJuan Sebastián BarCaracas
EcuadorFinn McCool’s Irish PubQuito
PeruAyahuascaLima
BoliviaSir PieperSanta Cruz de la Sierra
ParaguayPaseo CarmelitasAsunción
ChileLa PiojeraSantiago
ArgentinaFlorería AtlánticoBuenos Aires
UruguayPunta MadreMontevideo
Equatorial GuineaL’AttelierMalabo

2. Restaurants

Of course, most restaurants in Spanish-speaking countries are well-equipped to provide any drinks you may need along with your meal. However, if all you want is a drink, a restaurant may not be the best place for that. Some restaurants will allow customers to simply have a cocktail or soft drink without ordering meals, but many will expect all guests to order some food.

You should always double-check with the host before you’re seated to make sure they’re okay with serving you only drinks!

3. Coffee shops

Coffee culture is very strong all across Latin America. Some of the world’s best coffee is produced in Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America, so there’s no surprise that Spanish-speaking countries will have a strong coffee culture.

No matter where you are, you’ll be able to find most of the typical coffee drinks in any coffee shop in a Spanish-speaking country. However, each country will have some local specialties that are definitely worth trying.

Special coffee beverages in Spanish-speaking countries

If you don’t come from a Spanish-speaking country, you should definitely try some of the local specialty coffee drinks next time you find yourself in a Hispanic region. Many of these you may already be familiar with, although some may be completely new to you!

CountryEnglish explanationSpanishIPAPronunciation
SpainA single shot of espresso. Nothing else.El café solokaˈfe ˈsoloca-feh so-lo
All Spanish-speaking countriesThe black coffee most Americans are used to.El café americanokaˈfe amɛɾiˈkanoca-feh ah-meh-re-ca-no
All Spanish-speaking countriesThe black coffee most Americans are used to, with milk.El café americano con lechekaˈfe amɛɾiˈkano kõn ˈleʧeca-feh ah-meh-re-ca-no con leh-che
All Spanish-speaking countriesA shot of espresso mixed with equal parts warm milk.El café cortadokaˈfe koɾˈtaðoca-feh core-ta-doh
SpainHalf coffee, half condensed milk.El café bombónkaˈfe βõmˈbõnca-feh bom-bon
CubaA shot of espresso sweetened with demerara sugar.El cafecitokafeˈsitoca-feh-see-toe
CubaA larger pitcher with up to six cafecitos in it, usually meant to be shared.La coladakoˈlaðaco-la-da
ColombiaSweetened black coffee.Un tinto / tintico ˈtĩnto / tĩnˈtikoteen-toe / teen-tee-toe
ColombiaSweetened black coffee with sugar.Un pintaditopĩntaˈðitopeen-ta-dee-toe
MexicoBlack coffee boiled with spices like clove, cinnamon, and piloncillo.El café de ollakaˈfe ðe ˈoʝaca-feh deh la oh-ya
ArgentinaA double espresso in a short glass.Un café en jarritokaˈfe ɛ̃n xaˈritoca-feh ehn ha-re-toe
ArgentinaAn espresso cup with foamed milk and just a touch of espresso.Una lágrimaˈlaɣɾimala-gree-ma
PerúDrip coffee prepared in a special device with a double chamber.El café pasadokaˈfe paˈsaðoca-feh pa-sa-do
Costa RicaDrip coffee prepared with a special “chorreador.”El café chorreadokaˈfe ʧoreˈaðoca-feh cho-reh-ah-do

4. Tea houses

Tea is widely popular in Spanish-speaking countries, so you’ll be able to find plenty of places to get your tea fix wherever you go. Tea is especially popular in South America, where many people partake in the culture of yerba mate, a caffeine-rich tea infusion that is a part of daily life for most.

How to drink mate like a true Argentine

To drink mate, you will first need to source some dried yerba mate leaves as well as a mate container. If you’re in any of the Southern Cone countries, you should be able to find both very easily at convenience stores and supermarkets. Otherwise, you can easily order them online wherever you are.

Here’s how to prepare mate once you’ve sourced the necessary materials:

  1. Heat up water but don’t bring it to a boil. It should be hotter than lukewarm but not hot enough to be boiling.
  2. Add the yerba mate to your mate container until it's full about ¾ of the way.
  3. Cover the mouth of your mate container with your hand and shake briefly. This is so the mate dust sticks to your hand, which you can then wash away.
  4. OPTIONAL: Add two tablespoons of sugar to your mate to make your first drink less bitter.
  5. Pour the hot water into your container until it’s full.
  6. Cover the top part of your straw and introduce it into your container without stirring. You don’t ever want to stir your mate!

And there you have it, that’s how to drink yerba mate like a true Argentine!

Check out the following YouTube video if you’d like a visual demonstration on how to prepare your mate!

➤ COMO PREPARAR un MATE (CEBAR)

5. Convenience stores

As you can expect, convenience stores are great places to find all kinds of beverages in Spanish-speaking countries. Particularly in Latin America, you’ll also find many informal bodegas that carry a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. It may even seem like there is an over-abundance of beverages, as you’ll be able to find something almost anywhere you look!

6. Street vendors

If convenience stores weren’t enough, there are also plenty of street vendors all over Latin America that will help you find drinks very conveniently. From coffee carts to fresh coconut water stands and even mobile juice stations, you’ll be able to find plenty of drinks on the street!

Keep in mind that cash is still very prevalent in most Latin American countries, so most street vendors will only take cash. It can be a good idea to bring some cash with you anytime you go out in case you run into a street vendor and want to buy yourself a drink.

Popular drinks in Spanish-speaking countries

Again, traveling is one of the best ways to train your taste buds to enjoy an even wider variety of flavors. Each country will have its own unique drinks, so you’ll be able to find something unique no matter where you go! Below is a list of the most popular drink in each Spanish-speaking country.

Sangria is a popular drink in Spain.

CountryEnglish explanationSpanishIPAPronunciation
SpainWine-based beverage with fruits and spices.La sangríasãnˈɡɾiasan-gree-ah
MexicoTequila-based cocktail with grapefruit juice and lime.La palomapaˈlomapa-lo-ma
GuatemalaGuatemalan beer brand Gallo.La cerveza Gallosɛɾˈβesa ˈɣaʝoser-veh-za ga-yo
NicaraguaFresh tropical juices.Los jugosˈxuɣoswho-gos
El SalvadorRefreshing non-alcoholic drink made from morro, spices, cocoa, sesame, and more.La horchata de morrooɾˈʧata ðe ˈmoroor-cha-ta deh mo-ro
HondurasBeverage made from roasted white corn.El pinolpiˈnolpee-nol
Costa RicaCoffee is Costa Rica’s most popular drinkEl cafékaˈfeca-feh
PanamaDistilled liquor usually served with milk over ice.El secoˈsekoseh-co
CubaRum-based cocktail with rum and sugar.El mojito moˈxitomo-he-toe
Dominican RepublicRefreshing blend of milk, orange juice, sugar, and ice.El morir soñadomoˈɾiɾ soˈɲaðomo-reer so-nyan-doh
Puerto RicoRefreshing blended cocktail made of coconut cream, pineapple juice, and white rum.La piña coladaˈpiɲa koˈlaðapee-nyah co-la-da
ColombiaMade from the exotic Colombian citrus lulo with ice, water, and sugar.La luladaluˈlaðaloo-la-da
VenezuelaVenezuelans are heavy coffee drinkers, particularly of espresso.El espressoɛsˈpɾɛssoes-preh-so
EcuadorBeverage made from roasted white corn.El pinolpiˈnolpee-nol
PeruDistilled alcoholic drink made from grapes.El piscoˈpiskopees-co
BoliviaWarm cocktail made with singani, tea, cinnamon, and lime.El té con téˈte kõn ˈteteh con teh
ParaguayIced herbal tea steeped in cold water.El tererétɛɾɛˈɾeteh-teh-reh
ChileSweet, cold drink made with dried peaches and cinnamon.El mote con huesilloˈmote kon weˈsiʝomo-teh con ooh-eh-see-yo
ArgentinaTea made from the yerba mate plant.El mateˈmatema-teh
UruguayIced wine drink made with fruits.El clericóklɛɾiˈkocleh-ree-co
Equatorial GuineaAlso known as African tea, this rooibos tea is very common in Equatorial Guinea.El osangoˈsãnɡoh-sang

Phrases and idioms about drinking in Spanish

If you’re already at or approaching the intermediate Spanish level, you’ve probably noticed that there are many phrases and idioms in Spanish. Knowing how to talk about drinks in Spanish will help you understand many phrases and idioms involving drinks. And, if you’ve studied your drinks very well, using one of the phrases below is sure to impress any native speaker!

English translationSpanish phraseIPAPronunciationMeaning
Never say you won’t drink from this water.Nunca digas de esta agua no beberé.ˈnũnka ˈðiɣas̬ ðe ˈɛsta ˈaɣwa ˈno βeβɛˈɾenoon-ca dee-gas deh es-ta ah-goo-ah no beh-beh-rehNever say never.
If you’re not going to drink from said water, you should let it run.Agua que no has de beber… déjala correr.ˈaɣwa ˈke ˈno ˈas̬ ðe βeˈβɛɾ ˈdexala koˈrɛɾah-goo-ah keh no as deh beh-ber deh-ha-la co-rerDon’t get involved in things that aren’t your business.
The drop that made the drink spill.La gota que derramó el vaso.la ˈɣota ˈke ðɛraˈmo ɛl ˈβasoLa go-ta keh deh-ra-mo el va-soThe final straw
Every now and then, life drinks coffee with me.De vez en cuando la vida toma conmigo café.de ˈβes ɛ̃n ˈkwãndo la ˈβiða ˈtoma kõmˈmiɣo kaˈfedeh ves ehn coo-ahn-do la vee-da toe-ma con-me-go ca-fehLife can be calm and pleasant sometimes.
A meal without wine is like a day without sun.Una comida sin vino es como un día sin sol.ˈuna koˈmiða sĩm ˈbino ˈɛs ˈkomo ũ̯n ˈdia sĩn ˈsoloo-na co-me-da seen vee-no es co-mo oon dee-ah seen solA glass of wine is customary in every meal in many Hispanic countries!
Alcohol won’t solve any of your problems, but neither will milk.El alcohol no resuelve ningún problema, pero tampoco lo hace la leche.ɛl alkoˈol ˈno reˈswɛlβe nĩnˈɡũm pɾoˈβlema | ˈpɛɾo tãmˈpoko lo ˈase la ˈleʧeelle al-col no reh-soo-elle-veh neen-goon pro-bleh-ma pear-oh tam-po-co lo ah-seh la leh-cheMight as well have a drink if you’re dealing with problems!
If you came to this world and don’t drink wine, then what did you come for?El que a este mundo vino y no toma vino… entonces a qué vino.ɛl ˈke a ˈɛste ˈmũndo ˈβino i̯ ˈno ˈtoma ˈβino ɛ̃nˈtõnses a ˈke ˈβinoelle keh ah es-teh moon-do vee-no e no toe-ma vee-no ehn-ton-sehs ah keh vee-noAgain, wine can be incredibly important in many Spanish-speaking countries.
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.Si la vida te da limones… hazte una limonada.si la ˈβiða te ˈða liˈmones ˈaste ˈuna limoˈnaðasee la vee-da teh da lee-mo-nes as-teh oo-na lee-mo-na-daWhen life gives you lemons…

Never be thirsty again 

Whew! You’ve now learned over 160 different beverages in Spanish, plus ten different ways to order beverages in Spanish! Though you won’t be able to memorize all of those drinks in a matter of days, the best way to slowly learn is through practice. So, go out and enjoy your favorite beverage to become a master of Spanish drinks.

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