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 -
Lawyers need bartenders more than bartenders need lawyers. When it comes to cocktails and the names they’re given, a recipe can’t be copyrighted and a name isn’t usually trademarked, and there’s no governing body, no law of the liquor land that stops the duplication of a recipe or a cocktail name. Which makes cocktail naming—shall we call it mixonymics?—special among naming practices in the modern world: It’s the bartender tribe, not the law, that defines prior art. "Swizzle Me This,"
Michael Erard, The Morning News
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Sep 18, 2013 -
In 1933, Anthony Marino, Joe Murphy, Frank Pasqua and Dan Kriesberg decided to make money by taking out life insurance on drunks and then letting the victims drink themselves to death. Then they encountered Mike Malloy...
posted by reenum
on Nov 11, 2011 -
What should you drink? Take your cues from the tunes. That's the premise behind Drinkify
, a scrappy little webapp that recommends drinks based on what you're listening to. Their motto? "Never listen to music alone again." [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize
on Nov 7, 2011 -
The Violet Hour, a speakeasy styled lounge in Chicago with no sign, has been pushing the envelope in creative drink mixing since it opened in 2005. Toby Maloney, the Violet Hour's "Head Intoxocologist", had no problem posting on a Chicago food forum and sharing some of the drink recipes
that have made his bar one of the most exciting in the country. [more inside]
posted by AceRock
on Jan 7, 2010 -
Steven Foster is the perfect bartender. He wants to share his ontology
, his reflections on what it means to be happy
, bird aquariums
, how to make margarita mix from scratch
, solutions to the world's five most pressing problems [1
, or just read the summary on every page towards the bottom], and more drink recipes than you can shake a stick at. This man delivers.
posted by trinarian
on Oct 12, 2006 -
The view (with humour) from two people who serve you drinks. One a cocktail waitress in Vegas
, the other a bartender in Cincinnati
posted by tellurian
on May 23, 2006 -
Ted Allen interview!
The food and wine expert on Queer Eye
has a new cookbook out, and he talks to Slashfood about...well, everything: favorite foods, music, books, beer, birds, and other things.
posted by braun_richard
on Oct 20, 2005 -
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 -
How do you make sippin' syrup? man i'm from HOUSTON. where screw and syrup got started. This is how you sip some drank...you go to ya hookup, pick up half a pint, pour it in a 2 liter bottle of some damn sunkist orange, get a white styrofoam cup, put some ice in it, pop in a crunk screw tape like '10' deep or another platinum hit, roll up a blunt, smoke it and sip some drank while jammin to screw.
really would be proud.
posted by item
on May 11, 2004 -
How much alcohol have YOU consumed in your life? Take the "drink-o-meter"
test. (Flash) I rated a "Homer Simpson", which means I could fill a few bathtubs, but haven't quite spent the Ferrari money. Something tells me that many of MeFi's finest will bury my score...via the Sporting Press.
posted by vito90
on Dec 11, 2003 -
Have you ever wondered how much you've managed to drink in your lifetime? Or how much it might have cost you? You have? (via B3ta)
posted by Ljubljana
on Oct 12, 2003 -
Sprite Is Good Food "We have obtained a rare Sprite commercial rejected by the big wigs at the Coca-Cola Company. I believe it captures just what the Sprite consumer wants to see, epecially in the targeted demographic of 5-80 year olds...it's just too bad we had to delete the scenes with the hyenas on the salad bar."
Well, it certainly made me thirsty. (Requires RealPlayer!)
posted by mcsweetie
on Jan 18, 2003 -
Will 2003 Be The Year Of Real Espresso In America?
With the wealth of good machines
, fresh coffee beans
and online knowledge
, not to mention tempting offers like Illy's subscription
(though the pods turn out expensive in the end, it allows absolute beginners to make acceptable espresso) it's surprising Starbucks-style coffee (big, milky, watery and sweet) hasn't yet been dethroned by the pleasure of straight espresso (tiny, thick, creamy and intense), preferably restretto
. I should add that, despite many efforts over the years, I've never had a decent cup of espresso in America. In fact, outside Southern Europe. What gives?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Dec 23, 2002 -
Try Saying Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Tea And Mint Julep Without Smiling:
it can't be done. Coz June is busting out all over in Bourbon country and the mint is as high as an elephant's eye. For this we all rejoice. But - wait - did you know that, for that most perfect Summer drink, the thirst-quenching nec plus ultra
they call the Julep
, "the most important ingredient is a T-shirt for the mint juice extraction
"? Oh yes! The time has come. Here comes the sun. Mmmm...
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jun 5, 2002 -
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 -
7-Eleven has Gore, Bush and No Opinion cups.
Then on their website is a 7-Election page using daily sale results from 5000 of their stores, you can see which cup is being chosen the most. (The cup gets scanned at the register and each cup has it's own UPC.) Right now the natonal cumulative results are 20% Gore 20% Bush and 60% No Opinion. Very neat idea, they also have links to register to vote for real.
posted by thirdball
on Sep 15, 2000 -