Some drinks--think bubble tea, Guinness, acai--have made their way around the world, but there’s still a vast assortment of beverages that you probably can’t find at home. Here are 10 great excuses to plan your next trip abroad:
1. Pisco Sour (Peru, Chile)
The liquor pisco is the base for this refreshing cocktail. Though Peru and Chile both claim the pisco sour as their national beverage, both country’s versions are equally tasty. The Peruvian pisco sour includes pisco, lime juice, syrup, egg white and bitters, while the Chilean version excludes the last two ingredients. Either option is a great choice!
2. Masala Chai (India)
While you may find Chai tea in your home country, it likely differs from the ubiquitous drink sold by chai-wallahs at Indian roadside stands and hole-in-the-wall delis. Authentic masala chai is made from whole-leaf tea and spices, which are added to a boiling mixture of water and milk. It’s frothy, rich, flavorful, and utterly delicious.
3. Einspänner (Austria)
Austria is known for its historic coffee houses or cafes, which serve decadent variations of traditional coffee beverages. The Einspänner consists of strong black coffee or a shot of espresso, which is served in a tall glass cup piled high with whipped cream. Not only is the whipped cream a tasty addition, but it also adds insulation, keeping the coffee warm for longer.
4. Springbokkie (South Africa)
This cocktail gets its name from the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks. Their jersey is green and gold, just like this drink which consists of creme de menthe and the cream liqueur Amarula. Just a shot of this combo and you’ll feel patriotic too!
5. Apfelschorle (Germany)
The Germans, who dislike the artificial sweetness of most store-bought juices, commonly mix them with mineral water for a refreshing dose of fizz. Apfelschorle (apple juice and mineral water) is by far the most common type, and it may be purchased like any other soft drink or prepared at home.
6. Raki (Turkey, Greece)
If you like licorice, you’ll love this unsweetened anise-flavored apéritif. But watch out, it’s strong! That’s why it’s often diluted with water, giving it a milky white appearance and the appropriate title “Lion’s Milk.” The most common accompaniment to Raki is another Turkish classic, melon and feta cheese!
7. Sujeonggwa (Korea)
This robustly flavored fruit punch is a popular dessert beverage, particularly during the holidays. The dried persimmons, cinnamon, and ginger that go into this drink give it a beautiful reddish brown color. Though it is boiled during preparation, Koreans prefer Sujeonggwa served chilled--but it’s great either way.
8. Air Mata Kucing (Malaysia)
This unique drink is composed of some unique ingredients including the fruits luohanguo (aka Monk Fruit) and longan. These are boiled with winter melon and sugar to make a naturally sweet fruity beverage that may be served hot or cold. The most famous place to get Air Mata Kucing is Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur, where it is sold by numerous street-side vendors.
9. Atol de Elote (El Salvador)
This thick, creamy beverage is derived from the Maya culture, and perhaps as a result there are lot of superstitious traditions surrounding it. For example, only a single person is allowed to stir the brew or else it will taste bad. But fear not, this combo of milk, sweet corn and cinnamon won’t disappoint, and it makes a sweet ending to any meal!
This beverage is just what sounds like--wine made from the sap of palm trees (of which there are numerous varieties). While it seems ubiquitous around most of the globe, it hasn’t come to prominence in the Western world. Depending on the type of palm tree and the time of fermentation, the alcohol content and sweetness may vary. Taste around and you’re sure to find your fave!