There’s no question that chiliguaro is Costa Rica’s most famous cocktail. You can find this spicy shot at most bars in the country. Competitions and tastings are held to see who has the best Chiliguaro recipe.


Most places create the mix in large quantities with a bottle of guaro, 10 to 12 mandarin limes and a bottle of Tabasco. Chiliguaro is a very simple recipe, and it is a real taste of local Costa Rica. The recipe below for chiliguaro has been sized for six servings so all your friends can enjoy.



  • 3⁄4 cup Cacique guaro
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1⁄2 cup mandarin lime juice
  • 3 tbsp tabasco


  • Prepare in a shaker
  • Add salt to the rim of a highball glass
  • Pour all the ingredients in
  • Stir


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