Beverages allow us to connect with the culture and history of a place without even traveling there. Here’s 10 popular international drink options that are sure to provide a tasty adventure.
Coffee – Ethiopia
The origins of one of the most common drink in the world can be found in the heart of east Africa. This coffee is hand roasted, ground, brewed, and traditionally served very hot after a meal.
Mango Lassi – India
A silky blend of yogurt, mango pulp, sugar, and cardamom, mango lassi is a popular treat consumed as a palette cleanser or to help settle the stomach after a heavy meal.
Apple Cider – England
When Rome occupied England in 55 BC, apple cider became a household favorite. Seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, and best served hot, apple cider is a popular fall and winter favorite to keep our taste buds happy and our hearts warm.
Bubble Tea – Taiwan
Adapted and altered in many parts of Asia, bubble tea or boba is an infusion of tea with milk, fruit syrup or powder, and the famous tapioca pearls. This international drink is consumed just about any time of the day, with any meal, and any friend!
Natural Orange Juice – The United States
During World War II, US soldiers were highly dissatisfied with lemon-crystal rations that were essential to providing nutrients and keeping them healthy. Frozen concentrated orange juice was developed to provide soldiers with necessary nutrients while allowing them to enjoy a tasty treat. Commonly served with breakfast, natural orange juice is extracted straight from squeezed oranges and is served fresh.
Kompot – Russia
Kompot is a popular non-alcoholic beverage that is served differently depending on the season. Creating this international drink is simple and can be tailored to taste preferences of the consumer; it is made by cooking fresh fruits (apples, peaches, strawberries, etc.) with water, sugar, and other sweeteners for flavor. This can include raisins, vanilla, and even cinnamon. Kompot can be served both hot and cold.
Yerba Mate – Brazil
Yerba Mate was first consumed by an indigenous tribe in southern Brazil. It is made by combining soaking dried yerba leaves in boiling water and brought to room temperature. Consumed both warm and cool, Mate is traditionally served in a calabash gourd with a metal straw.
Sangria – Spain
Considered an alcoholic “punch,” Sangria is a Spanish creation that infuses red wine and chopped fruit. Most fruits are citrus in nature to complement the sourness of red wine. Best served chilled, Sangria is easy to make and a great addition to any meal (yes, even breakfast!)
Lemonade – Egypt
Although lemons originate from India, the earliest scripted evidence of lemonade can be found in Egypt. Called qatarmizat, this take on lemonade is a combination of lemons and water flavored with sugar, dates, and honey, best served chilled.
Air Mata Kucing – Malaysia
This iced fruit drink combines winter melon, monk fruit, dried longan, sugar, and water. Translated to mean “Tears of the Cat’s Eyes,” this drink was traditionally served in bowls and consumed with spoons, but is now served in a chilled glass or any other way you like!
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