The world’s oldest brewery was discovered in Israel and is believed to be around 13000 years old. That means that we have, as a species, had a long love affair with alcohol, and it remains a favourite across the world to this day.
There are some drinks, however, that tend to be unique to specific regions, usually tied deeply with that area’s culture, and provide a one-of-a-kind experience that it’s difficult to find anywhere else.
Brazil – Caipirinha
Made traditionally from a Brazilian liquor known as cachaca, and including limes, ice cubes, and a bit of sugar; it’s an excellent way to cool down an afternoon and is incredibly easy to create. It’s common to have it near to the coast, and an extremely common drink that can be found throughout the city of Rio.
Italy – Campari
A bitter Italian liqueur that is usually made from different herbs and fruits, Campari tends to be fairly bitter, and most newcomers to the drink will not take quickly to it when having it on its own.
When paired with other drinks, however, it’s able to transform them into something entirely new and unique and can often be found as an ingredient in negronis. It’s a comforting but strong drink to have at any time of the day, and one that’s sure to remind the drinker of an Italian bar looking over the Mediterranean Sea.
Spain – Sangria
While sangria can be made in a few different ways, it almost always contains a base of fruit and red wine.
It’s a drink that can be enjoyed throughout the year, while the Spanish will often have it nearer to the festive season.
Japan – Sake
The famous rice wine is a very popular drink among the Japanese, and it’s known for being quite strong when compared to other kinds of wines, despite having a lower alcohol content.
On its own, it may not be that appealing, but when paired with traditional Japanese cuisine, such as sushi, it comes something unforgettable. It’s often sent out with a sweeter dish to counteract the strong flavour.
France – French 75
French 75 is a potent combination that masks its high alcohol percentage by being quite delicious and has become a standard in many French restaurants and bars throughout the country. It’s usually a mix of gin, champagne, lemon juice, as well as some sugar for added sweetness.
It’s a great way to take a boring bottle of champagne and create something perfect for celebrations.
Germany – Schnapps
Most people have heard of the uniquely German drink of schnapps, which is a combination of sweet liqueurs that often come in a variety of flavours, depending often on the region it’s sold.
Plums, pears, cherries, apricots, and peaches are all commonly used fruits in schnapps, but it’s also fairly easy to find strong, peppermint schnapps, great to have while watching a movie, checking out sports guides, or just about anything else.
Turkey – Raki
Raki is regarded as the national drink of the country of Turkey and is a combination of grapes and anise. It’s usually consumed with chilled water and turns into a milky beverage that’s unlike anything else. Within the country’s it’s usually drunk with friends.