Alcohol in countries around the world!
Not that once we embark on that much awaited holiday, we all become raging alcoholics, but a lot of us do like our booze. Buying cheap alcohol from the corner shop for drinking games in the hostel, wine tastings as an excuse to get a tipsy with the unlimited drinks, and a couple of beers while just chilling over dinner. But if you drink the local liquor it can actually be quite a cultural experience (or that’s the excuse we at BonAppetour like to give).
Wherever you go in the world, countries tend to have their own traditional alcoholic drink that they produce or the locals consume socially. The creation of this alcohol and the way it is served, is in fact, an art form in itself and forms part of the culture and identity of the country. There’s a lot of booze and a lot of countries out there, so here’s a collection of some different alcoholic drinks in countries around the world.
Greece - Ouzo
Ouzo is a clear spirit with a distinct flavour of aniseed, a bit like Sambuca, which is particularly strong. Produced in Greece and Cyprus, it is usually drunk in shot form or mixed with water, making it become a milky white colour. In Greece, people often drink ouzo in cafe-like ouzeries, where it is served with appetizers called mezedes.
Italy - Limoncello
Limoncello is a yummy yellow lemon liquor made in southern Italy. As can be guessed from the name, Limoncello is made from juicy lemon skin, and is usually served as an after dinner drink, either on its own or with an Italian dessert. This strong but sweet drink is kept in the freezer so it’s served nice and cold and is meant to be sipped and enjoyed slowly, not drunk as a shot. It is made from just four ingredients- lemon zest, grain alcohol, water and sugar and can be left to ferment for up to 80 days.
Sweden - Glögg
Glögg is the term for mulled wine in the Nordic countries. The main classic ingredients are (usually) red wine, sugar or syrup, spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and bitter orange, and optionally also stronger spirits such as vodka, akvavit or brandy. Glögg is generally served with raisins, blanched almonds andgingerbread, and is a popular hot drink during the Christmas season.
India - Fenny
Fenny, sometimes also spelt Feni, is a clear spirit produced exclusively in Goa, India. There are two types of Fenny, cashew fenny and coconut fenny, depending on the original ingredient. Fenny can be served neat or over ice, and can be mixed in classic cocktails or with juices.
Japan - Sake
Sake is a form of rice wine, that can be served hot or cold. Most people may have tried it with sushi at a Japanese restaurant. Although it is called sake in English, in Japan it is known as Nihonshu. Sake is made from only rice and water and involves a fancy process called “multiple parallel fermentation”. The starch from the rice is converted into sugar, then the sugar is converted into alcohol using yeast. Sake requires a special type of rice with a high starch content and the better the rice, the better the sake.
Spain - Sangria
There are many different recipes and ways of making fresh sangria, and everyone has their own personal favourite. It is a fruity alcoholic punch that is typically made in Spain using red wine, although if you’re making white sangria, then white wine is used. Sangria usually contains red wine, some sort of sugar, spirits such as triple sec or brandy, ice, soda or lemonade and chopped up fruits like oranges and apples. It is usually served in a jug with a wooden spoon to stop the fruit going into the individual glasses when poured.
Brazil - Cachaca
Cachaça (pronounced kah-SHAH-sah) is a distilled spirit from Brazil that is a style of rum. The difference is that cachaça is made from sugar cane juice where rum uses molasses. Cachaça is made exclusively in Brazil and is very popular in that country where it is commonly referred to as “pinga” and was often thought a poor man’s drink. Over recent years it has gained recognition internationally and the Caipirinha is the most popular drink made with this spirit and is Brazil’s national drink.
There’s definitely plenty more out there! Let us know what else there is to add on to the list? And which ones you have tried already!