El Macua: The National Drink of Nicaragua

El Macua – the national drink of Nicaragua

Everyone knows that Mexico has the Margarita and Cuba has the Mojito, but did you know that Nicaragua also has a signature drink?

It’s called the Macua.  It was created by a pediatrician from Granada and is named after a tropical bird native to Nicaragua.

Gord and I discovered this thirst quenching cocktail a couple of months ago when we moved to Granada.  It is a strong, fruity drink that is somewhat sweet and a bit tart. It is a beverage that we both quite enjoy – especially on Mojito Fridays!

Are you looking for a refreshing cocktail that will cool you in the summer heat?  You must try the Macua!

1 1/2 oz Flor de Cana
1 oz guava juice
1 oz orange juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/3 oz simple syrup

Fill 3/4 of a cocktail shaker with ice and add rum, guava juice, orange juice, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake well for 30 seconds, serve in highball glass and decorate with an orange slice.

4-year Flor de Cana rum with natural fruit juices are recommended for optimal flavor and taste.

About In Nica Now

We're Gordon and Elisha. A Canadian couple living a relaxed life in the colorful beach town of San Juan del Sur. If you're looking for information on life & travel in Nicaragua you've come to the right place!

Posted on July 14, 2012, in Food & Drink and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Chad and Marnine

    Does that mean the 8 and 15 year rum that Gord and I were drinking wouldn’t work.

  2. Hola Chad & Marnie,

    The 7, 12 or 18-year rum will definitely work for this drink, but due to the sweetness of the natural fruit juices and sugar it’s not necessary to use the more expensive stuff to make a good Macua. 🙂


  3. Yum! A great drink; loved it the time you guys had me try it.

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