6 Unique Beverages Around The Globe You Must Try
Jun 16, 2023
There is nothing more exciting than experiencing other cultures and cuisines when you travel. Try out these unique beverages the next time you roam the world!
Salted Lassi, India
Lassi is one of India’s most popular drinks. This savory version is prepared with yogurt (dahi), salt, and spices like roasted cumin powder and pepper. The mixture is then diluted with water and mixed until frothy. On hot days, salted lassi is usually served over ice and chopped mint leaves, making it a unique summer drink.
Ponche Navideño, Mexico
Ponche Navideño is a Christmas punch with a tropical twist. Originating from Mexico, this drink is prepared by mixing water, raw cane sugar, and spices like cinnamon, cloves, and tamarind. Then, dried fruits like tejocotes, guavas, hibiscus flowers, apples, pears, prunes, and raisins are added. The combination is simmered until the fruits soften. It is usually served warm on Las Posadas—a traditional celebration nine days before Christmas.
Egg coffee, Vietnam
This Vietnamese beverage is traditionally made with strong black coffee and a combination of egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk. Egg coffee dates back to the French Indochina War when bartender Nguyen Van Giang had to replace milk with eggs due to shortage. His creation resulted in a strong, dense, yet creamy coffee.
Originating from Vienna, this coffee beverage was named after a horse carriage. The reason behind this was that the large amounts of whipped cream on top would prevent the coffee from spilling on the coachmen. Einspanner is served in a tall glass and not stirred—as it is traditionally enjoyed by sipping the coffee through the whipped cream.
Butter tea, China
Butter tea—also known as churned tea—involves a very long preparation process. Tea leaves are brewed for hours until a dark brown color is achieved, then it is shaken with yak butter and salt. Originating from the 7th century in Tibet, this beverage is served in a ceramic bowl and consumed in the morning or served to guests as a sign of hospitality.
Limonada Suica, Brazil
This refreshing thirst quencher is prepared by blending fresh limes, water, sugar, and ice until the mixture is foamy. It is served immediately while ice-cold and sometimes will include condensed milk for a creamier texture. Though its origins are unclear, this beverage was believed to be invented by a Swiss restaurateur.