Drinkwise, Chile is most known for its wine, and to a lesser extent, its Pisco. Pisco being a form of brandy that Peruvians will contend Chile stole from them. At bars, they have a whole range of strange cocktails based on these two staples. Here are a few of the classics:
Pisco Sour – Does this classic cocktail belong to Peru or Chile? Depends if you ask a Peruvian or a Chilean. Pisco, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg white and angostura bitters. Delicious in any country.
Piscola – a mixture of Pisco and Cola. Always made very strong. Three will get all but the hardest drinkers quite drunk.
Terremoto – meaning earthquake in Spanish, this curious concoction is a mixture of wine and ice cream. It tastes nothing like wine. Or ice cream. Typically they give you a range of strange wine options. Mango wine. Strawberry wine. It doesn’t matter, it never tastes anything like the flavour they claim it’s based on. Another hangover maker because they typically give it to you in a large jug.
Chicha – Another form of sweet fermented wine that Peru will claim the Chileans stole. Often made from corn, apples, sometimes grapes or strawberries, I’m sure a large variety of other fruits also.
There are many more Chile specific drinks, these were the common ones I had a personal experience with. If you look carefully, you can see that these all have one thing in common, besides alcohol. All appeal to the sweet-tooth, even the pisco sour contains a fair bit of sugar.