Alcoholic drinks around the World
In a world where language can sometimes be a barrier, the one thing we all have in common is alcohol. I’m no alcoholic (serious!), but I’m guessing we all like alcohol because it’s a great social lubricant that brings people together, regardless of where they may come from. In fact, appreciating alcohol is a great way to understand the cultures of different countries, because each has its own type of alcoholic drinks derived from tradition. Read on to see some of the most unique alcoholic drinks that you can find all around the world.
1) Kumis or Airag
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Kumis is a drink made out of mare’s milk, and is popular amongst the people living in Central Asia. Many families prepare this themselves, fermenting the milk for many hours and stirring occasionally to prevent coagulation. In certain places where mare’s milk may be harder to obtain, it is substituted with cow’s milk instead.
I’ve had airag during my horse-riding trip in Mongolia, and found it surprisingly refreshing and tasty. The alcohol content is quite low, so don’t be afraid to try!
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A hot drink that’s very popular in Ecuador, the Canelazo is made out of aguardiente, cinnamon sticks, water, brown sugar and fruit juice. Just as you can see from the ingredients, this drink is easy to make. And because of the aguardiente in the drink, it’s a spicy booze that’s great if you are travelling as it will always keep you on your toes. It is also enjoyed during Christmas! So that’s why the Ecuadorians are so happy. :D
3) Guinness + Egg
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This is a type of dry stout that originated from Ireland, and has been brewed continually since 1759. It has a very dark red color and exquisite taste that made it the most popular, best-selling alcoholic drink in Ireland. These days the drink can be found all over the world, and in Singapore, there is a version where people add raw egg to their Guinness, which is supposedly good for male virility.
I’ve tried the concoction once, and I guess I can say so far so good? ;)
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A combination of vodka, clamato, hot sauce, pepper, lime, celery, some salt and Worcestershire, this interesting drink is not to be confused with the more popular Bloody Mary. Although it’s origins point to Venice, Caesar is nowadays mainly found in Canada, with its popularity stemming from the fact that it’s a very unique drink, with a simple yet refined taste. I mean even the name reeks of class and sophistication. Some even say that it’s savoury, sweet, salty, sour and bitter all at once.
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This is by far one of the most widely encountered drinks in China. What makes it special? Maybe the fact that it is usually inexpensive, as it’s made out of fermented sorghum as well as wheat. This is one of the oldest drinks on the planet, with the recipe dating back to the Qing Dynasty a few hundred years ago. It is also a very strong drink, with an alcoholic percentage typically between 40-60%.
Honestly it’s a drink that’s too strong for me to taste, so I still find it difficult to appreciate.
6) Toaka Gasy
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A type of rum brewed only in Madagascar, the Toaka Gasy is drank in daily life as well as used in ritualistic practices. The men often drink it neat after a days work, although it can also be flavoured with fruits or coconut milk and drank as a cocktail. It’s not very different from the normal rum recipe, although it does use natural ingredients instead of processed ones, which gives a more intense flavour that some has described as turpentine like.
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Found in several South American countries, Chicha is an alcoholic beverage fermented from maize. The method of preparation may alarm some though, as the maize is traditionally chewed to moisturise it and start the fermentation process. Like the Baijiu, Chicha is an ancient drink that has existed since the time of the Incas! I found it to be pretty strong despite the low alcohol content when I tried it during my 76 days in South America trip.
There are probably many more types of alcoholic drinks around the world, but here are the ones that stood out, thanks to their unique ingredients and tradition, among many others. If you want to try out some neat, intense drinks with a taste that you can’t encounter anywhere in the world, we recommend that you give them a try whenever you can!
Hmmmm I’m feeling thirsty.