What does Quetzalteca mean?

What does quetzalteca mean?

“Quetzalteca” is a traditional Guatemalan alcoholic beverage, specifically a type of aguardiente, which is a clear, potent liquor made from sugar cane. This drink is deeply embedded in Guatemalan culture and is named after the quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala, symbolizing freedom and wealth.

Quetzalteca is renowned for its unique flavor and high alcohol content. It is widely consumed throughout the country and is especially popular during social gatherings and celebrations. Recently, Quetzalteca has seen a resurgence in popularity, as more people rediscover and appreciate its traditional roots and distinctive taste. This revival has made it a prominent and cherished part of Guatemalan heritage.

Quetzalteca is sometimes known as “Indita,” due to the picture of the indigenous woman on the bottle. “Indita” is a derogatory slang term for indigenous women, and this nickname has caused increasing controversy in Guatemala. The Santa María Volcano eruption in 1902 is said to have played a role in the aging process of some Quetzalteca reserves. Overall, it’s likely the story is more folklore than fact. Regardless, it adds to the mystique of Quetzalteca aguardiente!

Quetzaltecacomes in a few different flavors. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Original: This is the classic Quetzalteca, a smooth and flavorful aguardiente made from aged rums and other spirits. It’s bottled at 40% ABV and enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails.
  • Rosa de Jamaica: This flavor features hibiscus flowers (Rosa de Jamaica in Spanish) for a sweet and tart taste. It’s a popular choice for those who find the original Quetzalteca a bit too strong. This flavor pairs well with lemonade or other citrusy mixers.
  • Tamarindo: This variety incorporates tamarind for a sweet and slightly tangy flavor. Some find itميل (mayel) – too sweet – to drink straight and prefer it mixed. It can be a nice addition to cocktails or enjoyed with lemonade for a refreshing drink.