Drinks around the World
Alcoholic beverages have long been used as an excuse for congregating– hearty laughter, dancing, jovial conversation, and releasing a bit of that awkward social tension that sometimes quiets us and softens our personalities. Its side effects range from affection and silliness to hot tempers and tragedy, and yet, drinking is an intimate and social activity that has remained popular throughout history. Because of its social and even– in some cultures– religious significance, a variety of different alcoholic beverages have become popular around the world, giving each region a specific flavor and sweet burn of its own. Below is a list of some of the fascinating and unique drinks you should check out while traveling.
Sangria: a mix of red wine, chopped fruit, sugar, and brandy– most popular in Spain and Portugal.
Sake: a Japanese drink made from fermented rice and served hot.
Limoncello: a lemon liqueur produced largely in Southern Italy, known for its sweetness and strong lemon flavor.
Grappa: an extremely potent brandy made from grapes, originating from Italy.
Masato: a blue-white drink made from fermented cassava in the Amazon Basin region. Its flavor is sweet as well as sour.
Kalimotxo: a money saving drink popular in Western Europe (also spelled Calimocho) made from cheap red wine and cola.
Tatankta: a Polish drink made from apple juice and Zebrowka (a rye distilled vodka flavored with a tincture of bison grass.)
Moonshine: high-proof liquor that is usually produced illegally and in great variety, and is very popular in the Southern United States. Some of its flavors are sweeter and easier to gulp, such as Apple Pie and blackberry.
Champagne: a bubbly, delicate wine created from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France, often chosen as a drink of celebration.
Ouzo: an aperatif common in Greece that is flavored with anise, giving it a strong licorice-like flavor. Sometimes cinnamon and clove flavoring is added.
Guinness: a distinctive Irish dry stout with a notable tang– this beer is also delicious served with shots of Lingonberry syrup.
Mezcal: a liquor native to Mexico, made from a variety of agave and known for the tiny worm found in the bottom of the bottle.
Araqi: a gin distilled from dates, usually made illegally in Sudan.
Caipirinha: the national cocktail of Brasil, this refreshing drink is made from the liquor of distilled sugar cane (cachaça), sugar, and lime.