Summer Drinks Around the World: 12 Regional Specialties You Might Not Know
When choosing a summertime bracer, it's all too easy to fall in the same old ruts: I know that I, for one, tend to chug ice-laden seltzer like it's going out of style, opting for a chilled Negroni when I want to go the booze route. But this summer, I've vowed to branch out and explore some of the other refreshing drinks that are enjoyed around the world. From a Colombian beer-and-soda refresher brightened with citrus to a palate-cleansing South Indian yogurt drink, here are twelve lesser-known hot-weather libations from around the world.
posted by Lexica
on Jul 17, 2014 -
"The idea that Medieval people drank beer or wine to avoid drinking bad water is so established that even some very serious scholars see no reason to document or defend it; they simply repeat it as a settled truth. In fact, if no one ever documents the idea, it is for a very simple reason: it's not true
posted by jedicus
on Feb 27, 2014 -
Gin and Tonic, A Love Story
It's summertime, and the sipping is easy. Time for an ode to the magical, malarial-fighting mixture of mother's ruin and tonic. "The final product looked like a box of Crayolas: thin curls of lemon and lime peel, floating pebbles of pink peppercorns, a wedge of star anise, and a few fresh mint leaves, lightly crushed between Andrés’ fingers at the last second. It was everything a gin and tonic hadn’t been before: complex, bracing, a world of sweets and sours and bitters to be discovered in every sip." Bonus: Recipes
for making your own tonic water
posted by cyndigo
on Jun 12, 2012 -
pop vs. soda
what might the "other" terms be? you are from the far north of minnesota or south central new mexico - what do they call "pop" or "soda" in your neck of the woods?
posted by specialk420
on May 27, 2004 -
Tea. More than a beverage served hot or cold, for some it is a way of life. The British are renowned for their love of tea, so it comes as no surprise that The Tea Home Page
is a vast compendium of tea knowledge, games, quizzes and leaf reading
. Not so trite is the Japanese tea ceremony
. This site is beautiful in its calm approach to not only tea, but the digital world itself. Be sure to read A Brief History of Chanoyu
. You've heard of green and black teas, but what about white tea
? Lastly, I introduce you to Yogi Tea
, a company that is more than a tea seller. Do yourself a favour and have a cup today.
posted by ashbury
on Oct 1, 2003 -
is a drink that is enormously popular in South America. Given to the world by the Guarani Indians
, its a bitter brew reminiscent of tea but with interesting
properties. A coworker returned from Argentina and brought me some. I'm addicted.
posted by Dantien
on Feb 28, 2003 -
The Best Soda You Never Had:
Inspired by Miguel's thread, I went in search of some links about exotic beverages - specifically, the carbonated ones - and many of my leads ended up back at this one place. Cel-ray, Jones' Bubble Gum, Stewarts' Orange Cream - all there, and plenty more... It always seemed to me that Mexican sodas
tended to be far far more diverse than the standard cola / diet cola / lemon-lime / orange / root-beer selection you typically see anywhere in America. Unfortunately, they fail to mention my absolute favorite, which is Cuban, and is called Materva
(scroll down about a third of the way).
posted by wanderingmind
on Feb 13, 2003 -
If you grew up in or around New England you're probably familiar with a carbonated concoction called Moxie
. Tastewise, it's kind of a love or hate deal and I fall squarely in the love camp. And I'm not alone apparently
. The history of the product is actually pretty interesting. For those whose thirst has been stoked, here's a list
places to get it.
posted by jonmc
on Mar 22, 2002 -
Well, this is the most offensively stupid article I've seen in quite some time. [stolen from Ars
] People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
) is promoting the benefits of drinking beer instead of milk. Of course, there isn't one word about impairment of motor functions, alcoholism, or liver damage.
posted by harmful
on Mar 14, 2000 -