Drink Like a Local – Tico Sour Recipe for your pool days at Casa Tranquila

To get you perfectly into your Pura Vida Costa Rica vacation mood we must teach you a typical “Tico Cocktail” for you to prepare and enjoy during your afternoons in the pool chair and of course after your return back home to keep up the good memories.

The Tico Sour features the Cacique Guaro Liquor, a sugar cane liquor that is the bestselling distilled spirit in Costa Rica.

If you are looking to make this at home, you should buy a bottle or two of Cacique Liquor while visiting Costa Rica to bring home with you! A sugar cane rum can also be a close substitute.


  • 2 basil leaves
  • 7 coriander leaves
  • handful of ice-cubes
  • 1 ½ measures guaro cacique liquor
  • 1 lime
  • 1 measure brown sugar syrup
  • soda water
  • salt


Start with the herbs. Roughly tear up the basil and the coriander leaves, and add to your cocktail shaker along with a good handful of ice cubes. Pour in the guaro cacique – Be careful – it is strong. Meanwhile, squeeze the juice of a lime – you will need enough to fill a measuring cup – and add to the shaker along with the brown sugar syrup. Muddle everything together before giving it a good old shake. Pour into a tumbler, remembering to salt the rim of the glass. Finish by topping up with soda water and adding a wedge of lime. Ready and Cheers to “Pura Vida!”

Want to enjoy this at Casa Tranquila at the pool with a stunning view of the National Park Manuel Antonio? Contact Donald at donald@casatranquilacostarica.com.