While most us may prefer to check out the local food when we travel, you have to admit that there are some pretty amazing drinks served up from around the world, too – and not all of them are alcoholic!
Air Bandung, Malaysia. It consists of evaporated milk or condensed milk and is flavoured with rose cordial syrup, thus giving a pink colour. The drink is an adaptation of the rose milk found in India. You can also find Air Bandung in Singapore and Brunei.
Beerlao, Laos. No backpacker to Laos will have been able to avoid this popular alcoholic beverage. Beerlao is based on locally grown jasmine rice and is famously very cheap to buy!
Chanh Muoi, Vietnam. Salted, pickled limes are used to make the freshest soda in Vietnam, and on a hot day absolutely nothing can beat it!
Es Kelapa Muda, Indonesia. This is a beverage made from chilled or iced coconut water, young coconut flesh, and syrup. It is among favourite beverage in Indonesia. The syrup used in this drink is typically vanilla flavoured. Some use glass as the container, but the traditional es kelapa muda is prepared and drank directly from the whole coconut fruit.
Inca Kola, Peru. This is the homegrown version of Coke, that is famously one of the only national brands that Coca Cola couldn’t defeat in sales. Coca Cola’s response was to just buy Inca Kola, proving that if you can’t beat them, join them!
Krating Daeng, Thailand. This energy drink was the original inspiration for the Red Bull brand that can be found now all over the world.
Kumis, Mongolia. This is a dairy drink, quite similar to kefir from Russia, and made from Mare’s milk. It is drank all over Mongolia, and surrounding countries.
Mango Lassi, India. Lassi is a yogurt-based beverage that is famous in India. There are many different flavours available, but the mango lassi is a favourite among tourists. No trip to India would be complete without enjoying a lassi with your meal!
Mojito, Cuba. Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint or yerba buena, a mint variety very popular on the island. Its combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus, and mint flavours is intended to complement the potent kick of the rum, and has made this clear highball a popular summer drink all over the world.
Raki, Turkey. This is a highly alcoholic anise-flavoured spirit from Turkey, which was a favourite throughout the days of the Ottoman Empire. Nowadays, Raki is often served with seafood.
Sangria, Spain. This famous tipple consists of red wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of brandy. Chopped fruit can include orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape, kiwifruit and mango. A sweetener such as honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice is added. Sangria is steeped while chilled for as little as minutes or up to a few days
Soju, South Korea. Considered the national beverage of Korea, soju is traditionally made from rice, wheat, or barley, and is best enjoyed with fatty and sticky Korean Fried Chicken!
Suan Mei Tang, China. This is a sour prune drink from mainland China that is often consumed during the summertime as a way of cooling from the heat.
Tej, Ethiopia. This beverage is a simple honey wine that is brewed and consumed throughout Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea. Although not a beverage well known to travellers, most people will at least try it when in the country, and it goes very well with fifir!
Thai Iced Tea, Thailand. Made from strongly brewed black tea, Thai Iced Tea (Cha Yen) is sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled. In Thailand, condensed milk and sugar are mixed with the tea before it is poured over ice and then topped with evaporated milk.
Turkish Tea, Turkey. No visitor to Turkey will be able to turn down the temptation of traditional Turkish tea, which is often drank without milk, and accompanied with breadstuff such as a borek or a simit.