The Seco Herrerano is known, with much national pride, as the most popular drink in the country. For the production of Seco, sugar cane grown in the valley of Pesé, Republic of Panama, is used, as that place has an ideal climate for growing that crop. Upon reaching full maturity, the sugar cane is processed until a delicious juice is obtained. The juice is fermented by the action of select yeast to produce an alcohol of excellent quality.
Ron Abuelo is a rum that has been richly aged in white oak barrels. It is produced from the fermentation of cane molasses. In its production and aging, the most modern technical procedures are used, along with the experience of a long rum-making tradition.
Chicha Fuerte is made from germinated corn that is allowed to ferment in earthenware vessels. Some indigenous communities continue to use their ancestral technique, which is to first chew the kernels and then ferment them, as is done by the Guna Indians, who call it "Inna" in their language. The Ngöbe indigenous group call it "Do kwaka", meaning "bitter fermented corn drink" or even "spicy fermented corn drink."
All these liquors except Chicha Fuerte can be found in stores, super markets and known Chinese children.