Terremoto Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:12%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Terremoto, which translates to 'Earthquake', is a popular cocktail in Chile. It's traditionally served during the national holidays, especially on Independence Day. This cocktail got its name from the powerful punch it packs - it's said to shake you like an earthquake! It's a favorite among those who enjoy strong, sweet cocktails with a unique twist.

How Terremoto Tastes?

The Terremoto is a sweet, fruity cocktail with a strong kick. The pineapple ice cream adds a creamy, tropical flavor, while the wine and grenadine give it a sweet, tangy punch. The Fernet adds a bitter, herbal note that balances the sweetness.

Interesting facts about Terremoto

  • The Terremoto is traditionally served in a one-liter glass.
  • The cocktail got its name from the powerful punch it packs.
  • It's a popular drink during Chile's national holidays.


Pineapple Ice Cream

The pineapple ice cream adds a tropical sweetness and creamy texture. It anchors the cocktail with its rich, fruity flavor. If omitted, you'll lose the creamy body and sweetness that balances the alcohol. If you're out of pineapple ice cream, mango could be a playful alternative, though the flavor profile will be notably different.

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White Wine

Typically a sweet wine like a Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc, white wine provides acidity and fruitiness that complements the pineapple. If too little is used, the wine can be overpowered by the other ingredients, while too much can make the cocktail overly potent. A sparkling white wine could add some effervescence for a bubbly twist.

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This pomegranate syrup adds a pop of color and a touch of sweetness that plays well with the white wine. Without it, the drink might lean towards bitterness due to the Fernet. If you don't have grenadine, a raspberry syrup could substitute, although it will make the cocktail a bit tarter.

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An aromatic, herbal spirit that introduces a bit of an edge to the overall sweetness. Missing Fernet would create a far simpler, perhaps overly sweet drink. For a milder herbal note, try a smaller quantity of an amaro or substitute with a dash of bitters.

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Recipe. How to make Terremoto Drink

  1. Scoop the pineapple ice cream into a large glass.
  2. Pour the white wine, grenadine, and Fernet over the ice cream.
  3. Stir gently until well mixed.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Use a good quality white wine for the best flavor.
  • For a more authentic experience, serve the Terremoto in a one-liter glass.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Chilean Empanadas: The fruity and herbal notes of the Terremoto pair well with the savory fillings of these pastries.
  • Spicy Shrimp Tacos: The sweetness of the pineapple and grenadine balances the heat from the shrimp.
  • Ceviche: A refreshing citrus-marinated seafood dish that complements the tartness and sweetness of the cocktail.

Drink Pairings

  • Chilean Pisco Sour: Before diving into the intense flavors of the Terremoto, start with a lighter, frothy Pisco Sour.
  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse your palate between sips of the rich cocktail.
  • Cold Brew Coffee: As a contrasting beverage, the bitterness would provide a nice balance to the sweetness of the Terremoto.

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What you could change in Terremoto

  • If you can't find pineapple ice cream, you can use vanilla ice cream and add a splash of pineapple juice.
  • If you don't have Fernet, you can use any other bitter liqueur.

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Tropical Storm

  • Use coconut ice cream instead of pineapple
  • Add a splash of tropical fruit juice, like passionfruit
  • Garnish with a slice of lime and a cherry

The coconut ice cream would give a creamier, nuttier flavor with a more subdued tartness, and the passionfruit juice would increase the tropical vibe and add an extra tart kick. It's like a little vacation in a glass!

The Sparkling Earthquake

  • Substitute white wine with sparkling white wine or prosecco
  • Add a few mint leaves
  • Serve in a flute glass

The prosecco would make your Terremoto shimmer with bubbles, providing a light and refreshing change. Mint leaves add a cool, fresh note that can brighten up the drink, as if the cocktail dresses up for a fancy occasion.

Bittersweet Symphony

  • Use blood orange sorbet instead of pineapple ice cream
  • Add 1 tsp of orange bitters
  • Float a thin orange wheel on top for garnish

The blood orange sorbet introduces a bittersweet twist to our familiar Terremoto, adding complexity to the sweetness and a stunning color. The orange bitters bring a citrusy depth that'll make your taste buds sing!

In case you forgot basics how to make Terremoto

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Terremoto

What's the origin of the name 'Terremoto'?

Terremoto translates to 'Earthquake' in English. This chili cocktail got its name from its potent strength that's said to shake you like an earthquake.

Can the Terremoto cocktail be made without alcohol?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of Terremoto can be made by substituting the white wine with grape juice or a similar non-alcoholic alternative and the Fernet with a non-alcoholic bitter.

From where I can get Fernet?

Fernet can be found in most liquor stores or can be ordered online. Some grocery stores may also carry it in their alcohol section.

Is there a special occasion to drink Terremoto?

The Terremoto is traditionally drunk on Chilean national holidays, especially on Independence Day. However, it can be enjoyed any time you're in the mood for a unique cocktail.

What are the effects of the Fernet in the cocktail?

Fernet is a type of bitter, aromatic spirit. It adds a distinctive herbal, bitter note to the cocktail, which subtly balances the sweetness of the other ingredients.

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