By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Expats planning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day will have to dig down
deep because the local liquor outlets are selling Jameson for
Stout, which is bottled in the Caribbean using
|26,000 colons a
bottle. That's more than $50, and that's not even
for the top-shelf fluid that has languished in barrels for decades.
Jameson is one of the obligatory
components of Irish coffee, although not everyone would want to put it
with anything else.
One cannot find the traditional Irish
black beer, Guinness, on tap
in Costa Rica. The closest second is a bottle of the firm's Foreign
¢26,000 a bottle!
The Irish whiskey sometimes is available at expats bars because
thoughtful travelers pick up a couple of bottles at a duty-free store
and give them to local bartenders. Getting a keg of
Guinness through customs is a bit harder.
the ample amount of raw materials, the national alcohol
monopoly, the Fábrica Nacional de Licores, has not produced
that approaches a good Irish whiskey.
The company is heavy on guaro,
rum and specialty items such as anise liqueur. The morning that follows
probably would be pretty grim after excessive intake of anise.
So the bottom line is that without Irish whiskey, preferably Jameson,
St. Patrick's Day revelers should skip the Irish coffee.
A good choice
instead would be something like Cafe Rica, the liqueur, that easily
mixes with two spoonfuls sugar and coffee.
The drink, like Irish
coffee, should be topped with whipped cream.
There are other triple distilled Irish whiskeys, such as Bushmills and
Murphy's, but they hardly ever are seen on sale in Costa Rica and they
have their own distinctive tastes.
With St. Patrick's Day nearly two weeks away, expat purists will have
time to seek out the cheaper real whiskey at border crossings.
Costa Rican price is twice U.S. retail.