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Around the world in 20 typical drinks (all alcoholic, ok?)

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Around the world in 20 typical drinks (all alcoholic, ok?)

Typical drinks from various countries to remember or dream about future trips

Our flight plans are postponed for some time, but that doesn’t stop us from traveling and remembering some of the best destinations in the world with the right dose or, to be clear, a good drink! Typical drinks remind us of wonderful places and special moments that we have experienced during travels. They are also a great gateway to get to know the culture of a new destination or dream about the much-desired boarding. And if you have that doubt when choosing the direction of your alcoholic trip, try the trip around the world! The important thing is to toast to forget the problems a little bit and remember the best trips! To help you with this task, we have prepared a list of 20 drinks to go around the world without leaving home! Health and drink in moderation!

1 – Tequila – Mexico

To start traveling the world, nothing like a good shot of tequila, right? Tequila reminds us of great times, after all, a shot of tequila with friends is always surrounded by happiness and laughter, in the best style of the Mexican people! The drink, made from blue agave (a species of cactus) is the most traditional in Mexico and yields wonderful drinks, such as the classic Margarita . Tequila is a strong drink and should be enjoyed in moderation (but not too much). It is worth mentioning that, like our cachaça, tequila has a controlled designation of origin and different levels of quality. A good tequila is one of the best experiences in the world of drinks.tequila shot

tequila shot

2 – Champagne – France

If you’re a fine liner and a delicious shot of tequila isn’t for you, how about a nice, bubbly champagne? The sparkling wine, despite having copies all over the world, is traditional from the Champagne-Ardenne region, in France, and only the drink produced there can bear that official name. Champagne, or champagne, is nothing more than a delicious sparkling white wine that brings freshness and lightness to anyone’s day. It is worth mentioning that the discovery of the drink was made by two monks who insisted on getting the wine recipe right, but they always got it wrong. One of them, the Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon, named one of the most famous champagnes in France. Champagne can be used in several drinks, but one of the most popular is Mimosa , which makes for a good wake up call on a sunny day.

3 – Scotch whiskey – Scotland

The seriousness and sobriety of a glass of whiskey attracts lovers of less festive drinks, but still super strong, as whiskey has at least 40% alcohol. Sitting down to relax and enjoy a good whiskey is almost a ritual among drink lovers. The traditional ones are the Scottish (and English), which produce variations of the distilled beverage such as blended (mixture of malts) and single malt (with only one type of malt). Aging in wooden barrels helps to give the special characteristics of each drink, such as American bourbons, which need to be aged in burnt oak barrels to receive this name. It is worth mentioning that the name scotch can only be used for whiskeys produced in Scotland, where the drink was born. Drinks with whiskey are not so common among Brazilians, but we guarantee that there are delicious recipes,manhattan _ _

4 – Pisco – Peru and Chile

This fight here is the best! Anyone who has traveled to Chile or Peru knows that the dispute over the pisco’s motherhood is fierce and there has never been a conclusion about the origin. When in doubt, we consider that pisco really has two families and each one is special! Pisco is a grape-based distilled beverage, as strong and intense in flavor as our cachaça and Mexican tequila. It can be enjoyed in shots (especially high quality pisco) or as an ingredient in excellent drinks, such as the classic Pisco Sour . The two countries produce slightly different versions of pisco and, without wanting to set this alcoholic drink on fire, it is worth remembering that the name pisco comes from the city of Pisco, currently located in Peru. And the fight continues, but always with a glass in hand!

5- Sake – Japan

To calm the mood, let’s go to a drink that there is no doubt about the origin. The sake is really Japanese and no one takes that title away from the Orientals! In the line of medium-alcohol beverages (around 16% to 20% and high capacity to drink), sake is the darling of the Japanese. Produced by fermenting rice with water, sake has been around since the 3rd century and can be consumed at different temperatures, from hot to iced. The choice varies according to the type and quality of the product, which makes the drink different and yields new experiences.

Sake is usually drunk in small portions, using ceramic cups or small bowls, and is much appreciated as an aperitif before a meal. Unlike tequila, it is not drunk in shots and should be enjoyed calmly. Oh, of course, it also goes well as an ingredient in cooking and in some good drinks. In Brazil, it is common to use sake in the preparation of Caipisake (sake caipirinha), but it is also valid in the preparation of  Sakê Martini and several other adapted drinks.

6- Limoncello – Italy

Limoncello is a delicious Italian aperitif, one of those that we drink without fear, without haste and even a little without control. Limoncello made from a lemon base, can be enjoyed before meals (to whet your appetite), after meals (as a digestive) or in delicious drinks throughout the day. It is a refreshing drink and served very cold it is absolutely delicious. After opening the bottle, always leave it in the freezer for when that urge to remember Italy hits , especially the southwestern producing regions of the country, such as the Amalfi Coast , Capri and Sorrento. For a nice refreshing drink, try the Cello Spritz .

7- Rum – Caribbean

There’s a drink capable of going around the world in just one bottle! The history that involves the creation and dissemination of rum (and similar drinks with other names) has crossed oceans (from Cyprus to the Americas, by the hands of kings and pirates) and it is even difficult to say the origin of this alcoholic delicacy. When in doubt, we leave rum to the countries that today use the drink in hot drinks and recipes capable of making anyone dance. Excellent quality rums are produced in the Caribbean, in places such as: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Martinique, Haiti and Barbados (which claims to create rum as it is done today).

Rum is a distilled beverage produced from sugar cane or cane molasses. Rum, like cachaça, has a transparent color and takes on caramel tones due to aging in wooden barrels. For a taste of rum in cocktail preparations, try the Caribbean classics Piña Colada , Mojito , Daiquiri and Cuba Libre . Oh! Rum can reach 75% alcohol content. Better be careful in the cradles of the Caribbean.

8- Vodka – Russia and Poland

Vodka has crossed borders and has long been a tradition not only in Russia and Poland, countries where the drink is believed to have been born and where it became popular. Today, vodka is part of the world of partygoers around the world. Distilled, virtually odorless and tasteless, vodka can have between 35% and 60% alcohol, which makes it the perfect drink to compose countless drinks. It is produced from different cereals, depending on the region of origin. Worth rice, barley, corn, wheat, rye, potatoes and even figs. Vodka goes well with everything and in any mixture, so much so that it yields the most varied and delicious drinks, such as the popular caipiroskas! Enjoy (in moderation)!

9- Gin – England

Gin has become the darling of bartenders and now appears on every drink menu with the most varied recipes. The drink, which until recently was not valued among Brazilians, is now part of the most chic, fine and elegant gifts of local clubs. The drink is a cereal-based distillate (with a process similar to that of vodka) and has a complex and very striking flavor with the addition of spices such as juniper, coriander, cardamom, allspice and others. Each brand has its recipe and little secret. Despite being born as a medicine in the Netherlands in the 17th century, it was in England that Gin gained popularity, quality and status as a drink (currently with an alcohol content between 35% and 50%). To taste Gin in a classic way, try the Gin Tonic  and the elegant  drinksDry Martini.

10- Amarula – South Africa

Ufa! It’s been a lot of alcohol so far. So let’s lighten up with a sweet (but still alcoholic) portion of happiness. Amarula is a delicious liqueur from South Africa made from milk and the fruit of the marula, a typical tree of the savannah also known as the elephant tree (as it is well stamped on the label of the original brand). Creamy, sweet and very tasty, Amarula liqueur goes well in small doses, chilled and after or before meals. It is the ideal drink for those who do not have much resistance, as it has only 17% alcohol content. If you want to increase consumption, try using Amarula in desserts and sweeter drinks.

11- Port Wine – Portugal

Port wine is very different from the wines commonly taken around the world. Full-bodied, strong and sweet, Port wine is ideal as an aperitif, either before or after meals. Drinking good Port wine is almost a ritual. Served in delicate glasses, it should be enjoyed in small portions with no intention of getting drunk. It really is a tasting ritual. Despite looking strange, Port wine is produced with grapes harvested in the Douro region, 100 km away from the City of Porto, a region that popularized it for being the great distribution hub for the world. The Douro Valley is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Portugaland deserves a visit not only for the vineyards, but for all the magical scenery. It is worth mentioning that the production of Port Wine is made and stored in cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, a city neighboring the City of Porto (more specifically on the other side of the Douro River).

12- Jägermeister – Germany

A dose of Jägermeister is enough for any pre-club warm-up. With a complex composition, pleasant flavor and 35% alcohol content, this original German distillate is capable of making any party-goer still discouraged. Try taking a shot to start seeing the revelry come. Jägermeister is not a very old drink and has officially been around since the 1930s, having as a reference a hunter legend, which gave the drink the reputation of even having deer blood in the composition (all envy of enemies).

Composed of 56 herbs, spices, fruits and roots, Jägermeister has a unique flavor and a greenish hue, so it goes well in several original drink recipes, the most famous of which is the basic one with energy, called JägerBomb . Drink ice cream! And as the brand says, Jägermeister is unchanged in recipe and unwavering in popularity (the drink is among the ten most consumed spirits in the world). 

13- Raki – Turkey

The intense flavor of anise marks the raki, a traditional Turkish liqueur that finds similar recipes in other destinations in the world, such as Greece (called ouzo) and destinations in the Middle East (where it is called araki). Turkish raki has between 40% and 50% alcohol content and is made from grapes and figs, passed through a fermentation process and also distillation, with anise added at the end. The raki is drunk chilled, as an aperitif, before or after meals (especially typical snacks), and has a very special feature: When water and ice are added, the raki is no longer transparent and becomes a milky and aromatic drink, which gave him the title of lion’s milk. We can already say that the raki has a strong and intense flavor, not pleasing to all palates, but it is worth trying to give your verdict.

14- Beer – Belgium

The uncertain origin of beer and the great representation around the world, with several very specific and regional styles, led us to have to choose just one country to talk about it. And nothing better than the monks of Belgium (again the wonderful monks) to be the official holders of beer representation on our list! Produced from the fermentation of malt, barley, hops and other cereals (depending on the recipe and origin), beer is considered the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world, with records of its existence dating back to 6000 years BC. Only in the Middle Ages that beer began to be produced in monasteries (the first was in Switzerland), already being added spices and hops, which gave very special and aromatic characteristics to beers.

Belgium is now recognized as one of the best beer producing centers in the world, with very high quality drinks, combined with traditional recipes (or not so much, since there they try everything in the beer composition). For good Belgian beers, look for the brands Chimay , Duvel , Rodenbach , Gulden Draak , Brasserie Dupon t and the Trappist Westvleteren , beer that can only be bought on site at the monastery. Anyway… There are more than 1,000 breweries in Belgium. Enjoy each one.

15- Absinthe – Switzerland

Absinthe gained fame due to its high alcohol content and the ease with which it changed people’s behavior, which led to the ban on the sale of the drink for many decades in several countries, including Brazil. Absinthe, despite being the face of the French Belle Époque and having influenced many great artists, has Switzerland as its birthplace. It was there, at the end of the 18th century, that the medicine gained new ingredients and became a desired alcoholic beverage and produced on a large scale in Europe.

The famous greenish-colored distillate, nicknamed the green fairy, is composed of a mix of herbs (such as anise, fennel and absinthe) and can reach over 70% alcohol content. One ingredient in particular helped make the drink famous: thujone, the hallucinogenic active ingredient in wormwood (as the wormwood herb is also called). Today, with the sale already released, absinthe recipes have the amount of thujone and alcohol controlled, and in Brazil the maximum permitted alcohol content is 54%. That’s enough, right, buddy? Be careful and take it easy! You can also use absinthe in drinks, to relieve alcohol. The classic is to drink it with a sugar cube soaked in absinthe and on fire.

16- Asturias Cider – Spain

Forget everything you know about the cider “tradition” in Brazil. In Europe it gains other flavors, other aromas, another quality and another status. Drinking a cold Asturias cider at dusk is relaxing, refreshing and goes very well with the summer heat of some European countries, such as Spain, where the drink is very popular. The history of cider (like that of many other drinks in the world) begins with the Egyptians and Hebrews, but today consumption is much more restricted to Europe.

Produced from the fermentation of apple and with a low alcohol content, cider finds in Asturias a great ground for the high quality that the drink deserves. And there the production is so spectacular that the Cider of Asturias has the seal of Denomination of Controlled Origin. Cider is also quite common in countries like England, France, Ireland and other European destinations, but it is also appreciated in southern Africa, Australia and other countries around the world. It remains for Brazil to discover the value of a good and refreshing cider very cold at dusk.

17- Soju – South Korea

Soju is not common in Brazil and it is most likely that drink lovers have tried this distillate in loco, more specifically in South Korea, or other destinations in the world. Made from rice, wheat, barley or potatoes, soju has an alcohol content of more than 50%, although the average is below 20%. But, after all, how important is soju on our list? It may seem strange, but Jinro, a popular South Korean soju brand, is the most consumed spirit in the world (considering brands). The title is not due to the fact that soju is consumed all over the world, but because it is highly (even) consumed among South Koreans, one of the countries that drinks the most spirits. A favorite among the festivities in the country, soju tastes sweet, but not elaborate (and can even be pretty bad). It is even intended for that shot to lift the spirits for the ballad, because there are very cheap bottles of the drink on every corner.

18 – Fernet – Argentina

Very popular among Argentines, fernet is a difficult drink to understand and which is quite different from what Brazilians are used to. Bitter, fernet is obtained from the maceration of about forty herbs and roots, including aloe, wormwood, chamomile, mint, sage, bay leaf and saffron. All quite strange to Brazilian palates. Fernet was originally created in the mid-19th century in Italy, but it was in Argentina that it gained success and popular taste. As intense as the Argentine people, the fernet is capable of causing the most passionate reactions, whether of love or hate. Like almost all bitter herbal drinks, fernet was born as a medicine, but today it delights hermanos in drinks and also in solo careers. The most common way to drink Fernet Branca (the most consumed brand) is the fernet cola drink, which mixes the drink with coca-cola. In Brazil, fernet is also consumed with cachaça, which brings us to the next topic!

19 – Cachaça – Brazil

We arrived at our idolized, salve salve, cachaça! Yea! Extremely Brazilian and appreciated throughout the country, cachaça is a drink for all hours, all moods and all loves. Cachaça is a distilled and fermented drink made from sugar cane. The first cachaças were produced in the colonial period and today they have taken over the world. The drink, in recent years, has gained quality, barrels for aging, commercial value, wonderful artisanal productions and has become a product with a designation of origin in Brazil. To be called cachaça, the drink follows strict quality standards and alcohol content, which must be between 38% and 48%. If it doesn’t reach the standard, the drink can just be called brandy, pinga, danada, marvada, mé, caninha, branquinha or any other affectionate name that exists in Brazil.classic lime caipirinha , but cachaça goes far beyond that and is in our hearts!

20 – Wine – All over the world

Our world drink title goes to wine! We cannot choose just one destination to represent this wonder that guides us through the best and worst days of travel and life. Spectacular wines are produced with different types of grapes in different countries. A trip around the world to taste some of them is a good life goal. Start with Italy and then head to France, Spain, Germany and Portugal (all the love in the world for the wonderful and cheap wines of the Alentejo), without forgetting also Greece (to taste a Santorini wine produced on volcanic soil overlooking the volcano caldera). Then, head down to South Africa (where there are delicious wineries to spend the day) and then head to Australia and New Zealand (I miss the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc), from where you can head to Chile, Argentina (how can you not fall in love with the view from the bodegas in Mendoza?), the United States and Canada (ice wine is very different and worth a try). Ufa! It was a good ride.

When you finish traveling the world with each of these flavors, start the trip again or try several other drinks that were left out of the list, after all, the idea is really to travel the world tasting some drinks to relax and be happy! Tell us what your favorite drink or beverage in the world is! Who knows, you might inspire our next trip!

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