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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!

INGREDIENTS:
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
ice 

DIRECTIONS:
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.

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

12 Things I Love About Living in Nicaragua

In no particular order…

1.  A 1 hour pedicure costs less than $5Now that’s good value!

2.  The People – Gord and I are constantly meeting (and making friends with) new and interesting people from Nicaragua and other parts of the world.  

3.  Eskimo Ice Cream – At C$12 ($0.52) per scoop Eskimo ice cream always makes for an inexpensive sweet treat.  My favorite flavors include coffee, pistachio and caramelo.  Mmm!

4.  Time Doesn’t Matter – I rarely know what time of the day it is or what day of the week it is and I’m totally okay with that!

5. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice – Although it takes a bit of effort to make, having fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning is such a treat.

6.  Retirement at 37 – Yes, it’s true. I’m 37 years old and I’m retired.  Unless the cost of living increases drastically here in Nica (or I move back to Canada) I don’t have to work…ever…again!

7.  Mojito Fridays – Gathering with the Granada expat community for Mojitos (and Macuas) every Friday night on the Calzada is always a good time.

8.  Cold Tona – There’s nothing like a cold Tona (or two) to quench your thirst on a super hot day.  Did you know that it’s pretty much super hot (and sunny) here every day?

9.  Alarm clocks are a thing of the past – I absolutely love not having to wake up to an alarm clock every day.  I’m also happy “snooze button” is no longer part of my vocabulary.

10.  Rain Storms – They often come on fast and fierce, but only last a short time. I love the smell of the rain and the cooler temperatures storms bring.

11.  Not knowing what tomorrow will bring – Every day, every week, every month comes with the possibility of a new adventure.

12.  Hammock Chairs – Whenever I’m lucky enough to find one, a hammock chair is a great place to curl up and read a book, watch the sunset or just relax while enjoying a cold Tona.

Signed,
Elisha in Nica

Are you too a fan of Nicaragua? We’d love to know what’s on your list of loves!  Leave a reply in the comments section below.

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