Chichaito – A Shot of Puerto Rican Fun

Chichaito

Do you want to party like a Puerto Rican? I can’t help you with that too much, but I can give you some recipes for a local favorite drink called Chichaito.

Chichaito is a seriously strong alcholic beverage, made with Anisette liqueur and rum. It is a yummy, anise (licorice) flavored drink, typically served as a shot, though sometimes it is chilled and sipped. It is usually made with cheap brands of alcohol, and it is sometimes available in smaller, local bars for a $1/shot or a few bucks for a pint.

I have tried a few variations, and since I am not a huge fan of black licorice, find Kerry’s recipe more to my liking.

Basic Chichaito Recipe

  • 1 part licorice-flavored liqueur (Anisette or Anis)
  • 1 part white rum (any brand will do)

Kerry’s Chichaito Recipe

This version of the recipe was made for us by Kerry, a friendly local. It is sweeter and more to my liking. But it goes down pretty smoothly, so watch out!

  • 1 part licorice-flavored liqueur (Anisette or Anis)
  • 1 part white rum (any brand will do)
  • ½ part honey
  • ½ part lemon juice

If you are doing a shot, remember to toast to good health — ¡Salud!

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink & drive.

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Well in the Bronx N.Y.,we made it this way,rum,anis,whiskey,limon.orange slices and down the hatch,when you are done,then you are chichao,to your health,god bless.

Comment by joe colon on 07 Jan 2016

Well, you make the chichaito from our recipes. But where you can buy Palo Viejo in your area- I have no idea. You can use another type of rum for the recipe.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Nov 2015

I live in Miramar, Florida. Where I can buy the Palo Viejo chichaito in my area. I live nest to Pembroke Pines, Weston.

Comment by aria T. Peña-Barry on 20 Nov 2015

I still remember my high school & college years we didn't have much money so it was customary to go with the cheapest ingredients: Palo Viejo blanco & anis El Mono o El Canario. The mix ratio was 1:1. It's important to remember the proper phrase to say before the first shot "Pa' riba, pa'bajo, pa'l centro y pa'dentro, salud!!!

Comment by Alberto on 27 Mar 2015

Chichaito originally is made con paloviejo y anis , the rest is made up,enjoy the real Chichaito boricua.

Comment by Mike cueca on 21 Mar 2015

I guess everyone has their own variation to it!

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Nov 2014

Also its not 1:1ratio its more like 3:1 ratio 3 parts Palo Viejo to 1 part Paloma anise liquor...

Comment by Andy on 15 Nov 2014

Don Q Cristal and Anis del Mono. My wife likes it with a touch of fresh lime juice.

Comment by Joe on 22 Dec 2013

el chichaito que yo recuerdo lo hacian con Ron anis y vino sabroso uummm

Comment by Maria Maldonado on 14 Dec 2013

Do not use any rum but Palo Viejo. It won't be call a chichaito stick with the right ingredient or else. I agree with you Gwenn..

Comment by Alex form Soho on 28 Apr 2012

Yes, Palo Viejo is usually the "rum of choice" for it, but we didn't have any of that at home! One must make due with one has.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Apr 2012

No sir, not just any rum will do. Chichaíto is done with Palo Viejo, one of the most underrated rums from Puerto Rico. Accept no imitations. Get it right.

Comment by Chichaíto on 20 Apr 2012

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