Across the globe, there exists countless traditions and customs. Today we are exploring distinct beverage from several countries. See how many you have experienced and discover how different cultures prefer their drinks.
The beverage can be prepared through many ways, directly by brewing dahi (a kind of yogurt) mixed with an equivalent amount of water or by churning the dahi, or even with skimmed milk and fermented with some bacteria for the taste.
Lassi exists in many versions: natural, salty, spicy or sugary, often flavored. The flavors can vary from rose, lemon, raspberry or mango. In India, Lassi is most commonly consumed outside mealtime but it is also an excellent mean to soften the burn of the spicy dishes eaten beforehand.
Yakult is a commercial registered brand for a Japanese dairy drink and prepared with fermented cow milk. Some bacteria are added to it in order to age the milk.
The beverage has invented in Japan by the doctor Minoru Shirota who discovered the existence of the used bacteria called Lacobacillus casei in 1935. It has been first sold at his laboratory directly before slowly reaching the market. In 1955 the Yakult Honsha Co. Ltd was founded.
The product is well known throughout Asia and is slowly getting introduced in the European market since Danone has secured a 20% share of the company.
In Europe, Yakult is distributed in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdoms and in Switzerland.
Guinness is a beer brand as well as an Irish brewery. Funded in 1759, it has become a world-class company with the acquisition in 1986 of Distillers Company, a Scottish group that owns the whiskey brands Johnnie Walker, Ballantine’s or Chivas Regal amongst others. Guinness PLC has disappeared in 1997 through the merge of acquisition with Grand Metropolitan.
Guinness is a stout, a dark beer dressed in a whitefly, famously known for its flavor and original taste. Guinness is strongly bonded to the history of Ireland, it is one of the national symbols. The brewery St. James is located in Dublin.
Pina colada, Puerto Rico
Piña Colada (from Spanish literally meaning ”squeezed pineapple” ) is a cocktail based on a mix of rum, pineapple juice and coconut cream.
Piña colada has been invented in 1954 in Puerto Rico and it has been their national drink since 1978.
Ramon “Monchito” Marrero, barman at the Caribe Hilton Hotel of Puerto Rico claims that he is the one who invented it on the 15th of August 1954 after improving the recipe for about 3 months.
According to another old bar from San Juan’s area, it has been created by them. Ricardo Luis Malav Gracia, a Spanish bartender born in Barcelona in 1914, also claims to be the creator of the beverage, stating that he has passed it on to the Puerto Ricans.
Cendol is a traditional dessert from the south-east of Asia. It is also known under other names than its Malaysian name: banh lot in Vietnamese, lot chong in Thai or mont let saung in Burmese. The main ingredients are droplets of worm-like green rice flour jelly, coconut milk, palm sugar and crushed ice.
It is usually consumed as a snack during the day, the coconut milk and the ice making it really refreshing in the warm weather.
Sujeonggwa is a Korean traditional cinnamon punch. Dark reddish brown in color, it is made from gotgam (dried persimmon) and ginger and is often garnished with pine nuts. The punch is made by brewing first the cinnamon and ginger at a slow boil. The solids are then removed for clarification and the remaining liquid is boiled again after adding either honey or brown sugar. The dried persimmons are cut into portions and are added to soak and soften after the brew has completely cooled. This is usually done several hours before serving, as extensive soaking of the fruit may thicken the clear liquid to a murky appearance.
Sujeonggwa is served cold and commonly as a dessert, much like sikhye, due to its sweet taste. It is also widely available in canned form.
Raksi (Nepali: रक्सी) or Rakshi is a traditional distilled alcoholic beverage in Nepal and Tibet. It is often made at home. It is also the traditional beverage of the Limbu people. The Limbus especially, drink an enormous amount of Tongba and raksi served with pieces of Pork, Water buffalo or Goat meat Sekuwa. Raksi is usually made from kodo millet (kodo) or rice; different grains produce different flavors. It is a strong drink, clear like vodka or gin, tasting somewhat like Japanese sake.
Raksi is often served in a bhatti glass and during special occasions, the drink is poured from a great height via a pitcher with a small spout, making an entertaining spectacle.
Scotch whiskey, Scotland
Scotch whiskey (Scottish Gaelic: uisge-beatha na h-Alba; often simply called Scotch) is malt whiskey or grain whiskey made in Scotland. Scotch whiskey must be made in a manner specified by law.
All Scotch whiskey was originally made from malted barley. Commercial distilleries began introducing whiskey made from wheat and rye in the late 18th century. Scotch whiskey is divided into five distinct categories: single malt Scotch whiskey, single grain Scotch whiskey, blended malt Scotch whiskey (formerly called “vatted malt” or “pure malt”), blended grain Scotch whiskey, and blended Scotch whiskey.
Martini, United States
Martini or Dry Martini is a cocktail made with a mix of gin and dry white vermouth. It is famous for being omnipresent in literature and the cinema, especially in the USA, from where it originates.
The cocktail has to not be confounded with the vermouth brand called with the same name, produced by the Italian company Martini & Rossi.
The preparation of the classic dry Martini is about 2/3 of gin and 1/3 of dry white vermouth: Extra dry Martini or Noilly Prat. The cocktail is traditionally stirred with a spoon to mix the ingredients without changing the color.
Martini, garnished with lemon zest or a green olive is called “dry classic”, and “Gibson” if it is garnished with a small onion. It is being served in a cocktail glass that we also call a martini glass.
Champaign, also called Champaign wine, is a French sparkling wine protected with an AOC label (appellation d’origine controlee) whose regulation is very strict and required centuries of improvement. Its name comes from the “Champaign”, a region from the North-East of France. The geographic area, the grapes varieties, the agriculture returns and the whole creation process are the main aspects of the label.
Champaign has become a drink and is often associated with parties and celebrations. It is recognized worldwide for being one of the most prestigious drinks, mostly due to its severe label regulation and registered name.