Beginning with the very first sniff and all the way until the crisp concise finish, the tasty anise is the star. Drifting across the taste buds in soft clean rum, it has a creamy, light mouth-feel. Aguardiente is typically taken as a shot, but may also be utilized as a creative ingredient in many beverages; it would also pair fantastically with grilled meat, fried bread, tropical fruits or hard cheese. Colombia’s national alcoholic beverage is Aguardiente. Antioqueno is the best-selling Aguardiente in Colombia and in the world for that matter. There are different versions of aguardiente, or ‘firewater’, all over South America. In Colombia aguardiente is an anise-flavored liquor made from sugar cane. It has a 29% alcohol content. Colombians usually drink it straight, in shots. They drink it everywhere. You haven’t lived until you’ve witnessed a seventy year old couple polish off a bottle between them on the bus from Bogota to Medellin.