It’s called Tic Tac, or “Tic Tack”, depending on where you read about it.
Supposedly it’s not the official “national” liquor of El Salvador. It seems they don’t really have an “official” national liquor, in the way they have an official national flower (the Izote flower) which is a national symbol according to the government here. However, Tic Tack is the closest thing to the national liquor because it seems to be generally accepted as such and they wrote it on the label.
Tic Tack is not far from grain alcohol..that is…unrefined, hard on the throat and stomach, and it can be mixed with anything. And mix it you should…because drinking it alone is like drinking fire.
I bought some to try it out. My Salvadoran girlfriend had never heard of it. Her mother had heard of it many years ago, but she didn’t like it. And I see why.
The bottle designers should remove the palm trees from the label because it’s anything but relaxing. In fact, it’s downright brutal. It’s like a strong vodka.
It’s a crude distilled sugarcane liquor. It’s actually quite overwhelming and ill advised to try. I think the company that makes it gave it the “National” label just to raise the price a little bit. Surely nobody in this country actually enjoys drinking it.
In fact, it’s very similar to this other crap…Caña Rica.
This stuff is cheap and gross. I’m sure only alcoholics drink it. Maybe college students drink it too because it’s so cheap. Each bottle is only like $2.
Anyway, if you ever have the chance to try it, I don’t suggest it. Drink a good beer or whip together a mixed drink with other ingredients…just don’t drink this stuff straight or you will regret it.