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Terremoto cocktail – Pilar’s Chilean Food & Garden

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Terremoto Chilean cocktail

Chilean Terremoto is a popular Chile cocktail, especially during national holiday celebrations. The name “Terremoto” translates to “earthquake” in Spanish, which might refer to the drink’s potency and how it can leave you feeling slightly shaky.

Within the Chilean drinks, the Terremoto is one of the recent appearances. There are many stories about the name and where it was invented. Still, it is undoubtedly a great example of Chilean ingenuity and our culture of not being afraid of tremors. We were born and live with them.

Many times I look for historical references for our traditional recipes. The National Library’s site “Memoria Chilena” is a highly recommended place to look. There I found the book “La sazón y el Gusto” (2010) with three traditional menus from three cities in Chile. Santiago’s menu includes a Terremoto cocktail.

Terremoto Chilean Cocktail

In Chile, the Terremoto is made with pipeño. It is unavailable in the US, so I mix white wine with sparkling wine for a similar flavor and light bubbles. Some Chilean natural pipeños are now available in the US but are not suitable varieties for the Terremoto.

You can put the grenadine or fernet at the bottom of the glass or on top of the ice cream. I prefer to do both so the flavor is better distributed and looks pretty.

The traditional Terremoto cocktail is made with just a few ingredients:

  1. White Wine: A sweet white wine like Moscatel or Pipeño is typically used as the base for this drink.
  2. Pineapple Ice Cream: This key ingredient gives Terremoto a unique flavor and creamy texture. The pineapple ice cream is responsible for the drink’s cloudy appearance. Pineapple ice cream is also hard to find in the US, so I’m giving you options.
  3. Grenadine: A sweet and non-alcoholic syrup commonly used in cocktails and mocktails to add a vibrant red color and a hint of sweetness. I used grenadine without artificial colors, so it is not the fiery red one sometimes sees in Chile. You can also use Fernet to give it a different touch.

To prepare a Terremoto, the white wine is poured into a glass, followed by a scoop of pineapple ice cream or two. Finally, a splash of Fernet or grenadine is added on top. The drink is not usually stirred, allowing the flavors to blend together as you drink it.


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Terremoto cocktail

A unique Chilean cocktail to celebrate our Independence.

  • Total Time:
    10 minutes

  • Yield:




  1. Place one tablespoon of grenadine in a large tall glass. Fill with white wine and sparkling wine.
    White wine in a tall glass and ice cream on the back.
  2. Place the ice cream carefully to control the foam.
  3. Add more grenadine and serve immediately.
  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Chilean


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 452
  • Sugar: 36.6 g
  • Sodium: 44.8 mg
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.3 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g

Keywords: terremoto, trago chileno, chilean cocktail

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