It is hard to believe, but when you step out of your comfort zone of green grass and rain, other people don’t drink the same things as you. Sure, we probably get through a lot of vodka, but not as much as the Russians who take it ever so seriously. So I took it upon myself to sample each of the different drink country’s delicacies.
Vodka in Russia
I can’t understand who would like this drink apart from a serious faced Russian. Over half the population of Russia drink this fantastically awful drink by the gallon load and would be quickly be offended if you refused to have some too.
Tequila in Mexico
Long term favourite and liquid marmite, Tequila is proven to make you happy. Mexico are very protective over this smoky beverage by passing a law that ensures Tequila can only be made in Mexico, a bit like Cornish pasties.
Ouzo in Greece
Greece, the gods of drinking, created this aniseed liquid offering and was produced by Monks in Lesbos. It became popular as a substitute for the banned Absinthe.
Unicum in Hungary
As soon as I drank, I would of liked to spit it all back in my worst enemies face. I couldn’t imagine a worst tasting drink that a whole kebab couldn’t even get rid of. Oddly enough a tough little old lady urged me to drink it. “I got it from my nephew,” she says, “I think he’s trying to kill me.”
Sake in Japan
Like all things Japanese (sushi, miso soup), Sake is made out of rice. Lucky for them, you can get sake in a variety of flavours and the chocolate one is divine.
Maotai in China
If you wanted to go one further than rice, China will. Maotai is made out of fermented rice. “It’s definitely unusal and I wouldn’t feed it to my dog.” Says bartender Melanie McCloud.
Ameretto in Italy
It has that sickly sweet taste of marzipan that’s made from almonds. I used to love this drink until I drank a whole bottle. I wasn’t drunk, but I felt like Augustus Gloop when he gets stuck in the piping.
Rum in Venezuela
ARRR! The original pirate drink straight from the shores of the Caribbean. I think it’s a spirit worth sailing the seven seas for.
- Gin in England
Only an Englishman could demurely sip this famously low calorie tipple. A drink you can only truly appreciate when you’re more mature and grown out of sweet things… and fun.
- Cointreau in France
This spirit gave birth to the cosmopolitan which New York so sneakily stole. A dreamy treat for any cocktail but drink it straight and you might confuse it for Calpol.
Absinth in Switzerland
The beast of all drinks and the ultimate for any spirit lover, Absinthe rules the heavy drinker’s world. Thank the Swiss for the dawn of Green Fairies and binge drink heaven.
Sherry in Spain
In England, this drink is reserved for the decaying humans. Although it tastes like a sweeter wine, I don’t understand who could drink from a glass that small?
Tia Maria in Jamaica
Putting the latte in liquor, Tia Maria is by far my favourite drink to shot. Named after a woman who allegedly saved a Spanish girl from Jamaica.
Whisky in Ireland
The Irish loved their whisky so much they decided to chuck it in their morning coffee and it was genius.
Scotch in Scotland
Bourbon in America
American’s follow close behind in the whisky stakes by throwing out some corkers like Jim Bean and the infamous Jack Daniels that even Keith Richards couldn’t keep his hands off of.
Schnapps in Germany
The alcho-pop of shots, I have yet to find one that I like and doesn’t taste like a flavoured washing up liquid. Butterscotch, cherry, apple, blueberry…
Bhang in India
Finally, Bhang despite its name should be taken seriously. Made out of cannabis and the main reason why they won’t make marijuana legal in India. Seriously.