If you want to leave a good impression on the residents of the country you are traveling to, one of the ways is to try the local drinks. We present to you a selection of the best alcoholic drinks from all around the world.
In Japan, this drink is called nihonshu and is actually a rice wine with the amount of alcohol which vary from 15 to 17%. From the seventh century, when it was firstly made in the royal palace in Kyoto, sake has spread as a favorite drink for all the Japanese islands. This clear alcohol is now produced in over 1,600 locations throughout Japan, and its taste varies from mild to fruity sweet. Sake is best served slightly chilled, although it is often poured heated.
It takes 119.5 seconds to poure a perfect mug of this unique beer. Pouring ritual is performed in two movements, and drink must be served at the ideal six degrees Celsius. Only then its best qualities are expressed – its caramel black texture with ruby-colored glow. The Guinness Brewery is located in Dublin and is one of the inevitable tourist attractions of the city.
Belgium produces more than 450 types of beer, and for each of them a special glass cup a is shaped. Specialties are austere dark beer, usually with a higher percentage of alcohol, which are for several centuries being producted by religious ascetics in their monasteries. The most famous such beer is Chimay, which is served in glass that looks like a grail, and is an excellent example of light wheat beer Hoegaarden, pale golden color with a mild taste of herbs, including the coriander.
Absinthe and Becherovka, The Czech Republic
Celebrated as a bohemian drink, Absinthe is usually drunk only with the addition of water. And in order to conceal the bitter taste of anise, it can be drunk with sugar too. Made from wormwood, fennel and anise, and because of its opium effect absinthe is also known as the ‘green fairy’ and inspiration for many artists, such as Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde. After being banned in many European countries, absinthe has become the trademark of Prague pubs, where its only competitor is beherovka, herbal liqueur with a secret recipe known only to two people in the world. It is a fierce refined drink made of aromatic herbs and spices, which ripens in oak barrels and it is ideal for digestion.
Wines from Burgundy have certain qualities that can be attributed to the rich soil of the region in eastern France. White Burgundy is in fact Chardonnay with the flavor of limestone on which it was raised, while the reds are mainly Pinot Noir varieties. But regardless of the variety of grape from which it is made, the wine must meet the highest standards in order to be marked as protected wine of controlled origin, or AOC (Appellation d’origine contrôlée). Vineyards in this region were originally owned by the church, and after the revolution, the were shared to people by Napoleon’s laws.
This simple cocktail consists of vodka, lime and sugar. Firs, in a short glass, fresh lime must be mixed with two teaspoons of sugar, then should crushed ice be added and at the end quality vodka should be pour over. This drink is acctualy a version of the popular caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink, that instead of vodka, includes cachaça, the leading alcoholic beverage in Brazil that is produced out of fresh pressed sugar cane, unlike rum, which is made from sugar syrup or molasses.
George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, USA
Back in the 1870th, old George Dikel realized that the whiskey made in winter is milder and smoother, so he deccided to extend the cooling process. He also made a special mixture of ground corn, barley and rye as a base for his drink. Distilled twice and left in the burnt oak barrels for up to 12 years, great whisky is made with the percentage of alcohol which varies from 40 to 45%.
This popular Mexican drink is made from blue agave hearts grown in the region Tequila. It is usually clear and transparent, but some varieties become colored during maturing in oak barrels. It is best served at room temperature and drunk slowly. In Mexico they say that only gringos perform a ritual with salt and lemon, but they know to put a piece of lemon into a glass of tequila.
As one of the countries that experienced vodka as their national drink, Poland produces dozens of different types of this type alcohol. Each, however, is made of starch and carefully filtered and refined. The result is a quality drink that usually doesn’t cause drowsiness. Mass production of vodka in Poland began in the 16th century and the 17th vodka was one of the leading export products. The most famous Polish vodka is žubrovka, which owes its intoxicating taste to the buffalo grass.