Around the World in 80 Drinks
We chose ten of the most unusual drinks from the infographic below and found out all about them. If you decide to order these bizarre beverages to impress your peers, continue reading to get some idea of what you might be drinking!
Derived from the Latin meaning “water of life”, Akvavit is a Scandinavian spirit that is 40% alcohol and usually contains the spices caraway or dill. It is famously drank as part of the tradition known as “snaps”. This is where dinner party guests must sip from a cool shot glass of Akvavit, but only after the host has called out “skål!”
Israel, Iraq and Lebanon
This Middle Eastern drink is nicknamed the “milk of lions”. This is due to the milky-white colour that occurs when Arak is mixed with water or ice. One tip locals always share is that when drinking Arak, never put the ice in first, as this creates a skin over the top of the drink that can look quite unpleasant.
Originally from America but introduced to the Maltese Islands, Bajtra is a sweet liqueur made from the prickly pear. It is usually paired with “Kinnie”, a Maltese bitter fizzy drink and is drunk as an aperitif.
Becherovka is a herbal liqueur that tastes like a mixture of ginger and cinnamon. It is usually drunk with tonic water as a digestive aid and the entire production process is said to be known by only two people. Top secret stuff.
Brännvin literally translates to mean “burnwine”, but it doesn’t involve any burning! It is a term used to collectively describe any distilled spirit made from potatoes or grains. The spirits are usually unflavoured with an alcohol content of 30-38% ABV.
Commercially sold Chicha is entirely different to traditional Chicha. If you buy Chicha from a store it is either a corn juice beer or any drink made from fermented or non-fermented maize. The traditional process of Chicha involves a person chewing on corn kernels, spitting them out and allowing the enzymes from their saliva to break down the root. Yum.
Kumis is a dairy product enjoyed by the people of Central Asia, but is not so popular in the Western world. It is made by fermenting unpasteurised milk from a horse, which gives it quite a strong smell and taste…
8. Maghrebi Mint Tea
Maghrebi Mint Tea is a green tea infused with mint and is traditionally served by the male head of the family. It is made from Chinese gunpowder tea, fresh mint leaves and is served in three rounds for different levels of flavour. Remember don’t say no to a Maghrebi Mint Tea, as it is deemed impolite for anyone to refuse a cup!
Tej (pronounced like “t’édge”) is the generic name for Ethiopian mead or traditional honey wine. The distilling process for Tej uses unique glass beakers called “bereles”, which look like they should be part of a high school science lab. Don’t be deceived by the very sweet taste, this drink packs quite a lot of alcohol in each glass!
Most forms of Tuica are moonshine and made from traditional methods using only plums and yeast. It is made from early October until early December every year, and apparently three quarters of the plums picked off the trees in Romania are used just for the production of this drink.
Infographic source: http://www.wineinvestment.com