Around The World In 21 Drinks

26 October 2015
Read Time: 3.2 mins

Travellers recently weighed in on the most iconic beverages to order around the world. From Rakija in Serbia and Vodka in Ukraine, to Mint Julep in Kentucky and Boza in Turkey, here are 21 drinks to wet your whistle and broaden your boozing horizons.

How many have you tried? How many are you willing to find?

Pulque, Mexico

 Ernesto Flores said in Mexico you should have the Aztec drink Pulque, known for its nutritional value. “It is made from 'aguamiel' which is extracted from 'maguey' (agave). Only the nobles had access to such delight.” (Credit: AFP/Getty)

Mead, Lithuania

 “Mead in Lithuania plays an important role in our culture,” said Pasaulio Piletė. “Lithuanian ancestors were using mead thousands of years ago. They drank mead out of drinking horns coated with metal.” (Credit: Alberto/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Caipirinha, Brazil

 “In Brazil you can try the Caipirinha drink made with cachça, lemon and sugar,” Sergio Rossi said. He recommends pairing the drink with “feijoada, which are black beans pork meat and jerked beef over rice.” (Credit: Ulrich Peters/Flickr/CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Pelinkovac, Croatia

 If you come to Croatia, Petar Nikolic said to have a “shot of Pelinkovac. It is a bitter liquor based on wormwood that tastes like Jägermeister.” (Credit: Edsel Little/Flickr/CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Pisco Sour, Peru

 Helen Culqui said in Peru, the “Pisco Sour is our number one national cocktail,” made with lime juice, syrup, egg whites and Pisco. (Credit: Cathrine Lindblom Gunasekara/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Spicy Caesar, Canada

 Tanis Javens said to “come to Canada and try a Spicy Caesar." Rachel Wilson explained that "rather than using tomato juice like a Bloody Mary, we use Clamato juice which is a mix of clam and tomato. You can also garnish with anything from a stalk of celery to a pickled pepper to a piece of beef jerky. Best in the morning to help with a hangover." (Credit: Canadian Film Centre/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Boza, Turkey

 Ugur Burdulu said Boza, a sweet fermented wheat drink in Turkey, is “nothing like anything you have tasted before” but warned that it is “extremely high in calories.” (Credit: William Neuheisel/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Tej, Ethiopia

 Meron Bfekadu said to try Ethiopian Tej, which is a “wine prepared from honey!” (Credit: Rod Waddington/Flickr/CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Vodka, Ukraine

 Steven Prearson said “Ukraine makes the best vodka in the world.” Helen Morozova said visitors should try their honey and hot pepper flavoured vodka. (Credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Viez, Germany

 In Trier, Germany’s oldest city, Achim Schröder recommended Viez. “Latin for ‘vice,’ the second or substitute wine, is a kind of apple cider pressed and fermented from a mixture of sour apples.” (Credit: Chaim Donnewald/Flickr/CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Sangria, Portugal

 “In Portugal, you should try Sangria made with wine, fruits and herbs. It’s light in alcohol and good at the beach,” said José Mendes. (Credit: Bastien Deceuninck/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Prefer the strange? 11 Weird Alcoholic Drinks Not For Weak Stomachs

Find the perfect ambiance. Get Your Drink On: Weird Bars Of The World

Tuborg Julebyrg, Denmark

 “For Denmark, visit on the first Friday in November for J-Day to enjoy the first Tuborg Julebyrg Christmas beer of the year!” said Arden Beesley Anderson. “The release used to be held on the same date every year, but there were too many people calling in hungover to work the next day, so the moved it to a Friday.” (Credit: Urs Steiner/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Wine, Italy

 “Italy? A prosecco or one of the other many fine quality wines like the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, or the Chianti. Every region has its own wine!” said Stel Kate. (Credit: Michela Simoncini/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Rakija, Serbia

 “There is a highly alcoholic drink made of plums in Serbia called Rakija,” said Branko Dencic. “It is almost as strong as whiskey, but some people distill it with even more alcohol. I prefer homemade ones from trusted makers.” (Credit: Brankomaster/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Ale, United Kingdom

 Chris Hudson recommended real ale in the United Kingdom. He loves “the uniqueness that can be made from just a few simple ingredients, and the fact that I can brew my own at home.” (Credit: Bernt Rostad/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Carajillo, Spain

 Victoria Carmen Pérez Calzadilla said we should “try a Carajillo in Spain, after a big dinner.” A Carajillo combines coffee with alcohol such as brandy or rum. (Credit: Carles Escrig I Royo/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Mint Julep, Kentucky, United States

 In the United States, “A Kentucky Mint Julep, made with bourbon is a must, especially during the Kentucky Derby season!” said Janet Abell. (Credit: Jazz Guy/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Craft Beer, Australia

 “Everyone here in Australia would say “BEER!” with triumphant enthusiasm, but the type of beer would greatly depend on where you are at the time.” Milly Rose Amoretti said. For example, “Victoria stays true to its history and locality with VB Victoria Bitters.” (Credit: Paul Joseph/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Snake Wine, Philippines

 “Here in the Philippines, snake wine is a rare find. The whole snake is bottled in rice wine and stored for months. It preserves the snake meat, and its venom is neutralized by the wine. A different and daring drink to be served,” said JM West. (Credit: Kiran Jonnalagadda/Flickr/CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Dawa, Kenya

 Stella Meghan James recommended Dawa in Kenya, made with a double shot of gin or vodka, ginger ale, lemon and tonic water. “Dawa means medicine…it’s a super strong cure all.” (Credit: James and Alex BonTempo/Flickr/CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Bia-Hoi, Vietnam

 “Coming to Vietnam, you should visit Old Quarter and try street style 'bia hoi' draft beer along with watching live street music,” said Travel More Asia. (Credit: Jonathan Lin/Flickr/CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals.

This article was from BBC and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the public-service broadcaster of the United Kingdom, headquartered at Broadcasting House in London. It is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the second largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, with over 20,000 staff in total, of which 16,672 are in public sector broadcasting.