Did you ever wonder what is the national drink in the country you are visiting or living in? Every country has its own national drinks and in the following article, I will list 10 of them. Let us start with Austria since I am from there. And I’ll divide it into two categories. none-alcoholic and alcoholic drink.
Drinks in Austria
Let’s start with Alcohol-free beverages. I was really surprised when I did the research that out of all the beverages we have, the Number One is:
Almdudler. I see you guys scratching your head right now as you read my article, saying what in God’s Name is Almdudler? It is an Austrian Lemonade with herbal extracts. The beverage company Coca-Cola had a long-standing bottling and sales partnership with Almdudler which was canceled at the End of 2018.
But what’s about alcoholic beverages. It actually goes in two directions, beer, and wine. Our wine-growing regions are in the federal states of Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria, and Vienna. But there is also small-scale viticulture in all other federal states (Carinthia, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Tyrol, and Vorarlberg). About 53% of the alcohol consumed is accounted for by beer (108.9 liters / Austrian / year), 37% of the alcohol consumed is accounted for by wine (28.9 liters / Austrian / year).
The most popular types of beer are:
- Stiegl Goldbräu – Stiegelbrauerei
- Gösser Märzen – Brauerei Göss
- Zipfer Urtyp – Brauerei Zipf
North America drinks
Canada has its official Cocktail calls Caesar Cocktail created and consumed primarily in Canada. The cocktail is similar to the Bloody Mary. Caesar made with 2 shots of vodka, a pinch of horseradish, a little spicy with 5 dashes of tabasco, made muddy with about 10 dashes of Worcestershire, all over ice, and filled to the top of celery salt and spice rimmed glass with Clamato juice.
It is believed that Caesar was invented in 1969 in Calgary by a restaurateur named Walter Chell, who made it to celebrate the opening of a new Italian restaurant. The drink got its name after Chell’s Italian ancestry. Although the cocktail hasn’t gotten much love beyond the Canadian borders, it is considered a great hangover cure and nowadays it is a staple at Canada Day celebrations and informal gatherings.
Surprisingly the none-alcoholic beverage is Coffee. It was adopted as an alternative to British tea in the period leading up to the American Revolution. And Coca-Cola is America’s iconic soft drink.
Coca-Cola’s history has been well-documented. The drink was invented in 1885 by John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta, Georgia, who made the original formula in his backyard. Pemberton’s recipe contained cocaine in the form of an extract of the coca leaf, which inspired the “Coca” part of the beverage’s name. The “Cola” comes from the kola nut (which contains caffeine, another stimulant).
When Coca-Cola was invented, cocaine was legal and a common ingredient in medicines. People thought it was safe to use in small amounts. The amount of cocaine in Coca-Cola was reduced over time and finally eliminated from the drink by 1929. This was during the Prohibition Era in the United States when alcohol was illegal. Coke soon became popular as a “soft” drink, an alternative to hard alcohol.
Bourbon Whiskey was proclaimed the U.S. National Spirit by an act of Congress in 1964. Bourbon Whiskey was a Variant of the American whiskey distilled only in Kentucky. It is produced as a distillate of a grain mixture with at least 51% corn, in addition, it usually contains rye or barley.
Further requirements are the alcohol content, which must not exceed 80% during production and not more than 62.5% at the beginning of maturation, and storage in new charred oak barrels. Bourbon whiskey can come from anywhere in the United States, but all but one of the major bourbon distilleries are in Kentucky or Tennessee.
Various international trade agreements protect the name almost worldwide, which means that bourbon whiskey may not be produced and sold as such outside of the USA. Numerous Jewish immigrants have been involved in whiskey production since the turn of the century.
These often found their first mainstay in the United States in the alcohol trade. Some of them went into their own production and founded influential and important distilleries. In the whiskey centers of Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois, they accounted for about a quarter of the total whiskey trade.
Central America And South America
Argentina non-alcoholic drinks
Mate or Maté, also known as Chimarrão or Cimarrón, is a traditional South American caffeine-rich drink. It is made by soaking dried leaves of the holly Ilex paraguariensis in hot water. You can find also Mate Tea varieties in Stores.
Argentina is also famous for its cocktail Fernet con Cola. Made with Cocoa-Cola and Fernet Branca. The fernet with cola was created in the city of Córdoba and is an emblem of that province.
Fernet-Branca includes aloe from South Africa, rhubarb from China, gentian from France, galanga from India or Sri Lanka, chamomile from Italy and Argentina, saffron, myrrh, and elderflower. It is aged in oak barrels for at least a year. The alcohol content is 39 or 40% vol. Like other bitter drinks, it is said to have a digestive effect.
Licuado is a Mexican blended beverage consisting of milk, fresh fruit, and ice. The drink is popular throughout Latin America, where it is also known as batido. The beverage gained fame in the USA during the immigration period in the 1990s.
Licuado, which means blended or liquefied, may also contain nuts, honey, and spices such as vanilla, cloves, or cinnamon, while in some varieties fruit can be replaced with chocolate. Due to its nutritive value, licuado is considered a quintessential breakfast food providing energy for the day, and it is usually served in a tall glass garnished with fruit.
Of course, we can’t go without Tequila when thinking of Mexico. But what kind of alcoholic drink is Tequilla and what is it made of? Tequila is a brandy that is made exclusively from one plant, the blue Weber agave. It may only be produced in Mexico, in five designated regions: in the state of Jalisco, as well as in certain localities in the states of Nayarit, Tamaulipas, Michoacán, and Guanajuato.
Tequila has an alcohol content of 35 to 50 percent by volume, but there are also individual varieties with up to 55 percent, so-called distillation strength variants (Terralta Tequila Blanco). This means that these are not watered-down tequilas that were bottled at barrel strength, primarily Blanco tequilas.
You can make different cocktails with Tequila. The most famous cocktail is Tequila Sunrise. The Tequila Sunrise is a fruity, sweet cocktail made from tequila, orange juice, and grenadine. It owes its name to the characteristic color gradation from yellow-orange to orange to orange-red, as the grenadine is only added to the glass at the end and sinks down through the ice cubes.
Drinks in Poland
Like some other central European countries, in Poland vodka is considered to be its national beverage. Like Russia does with its national drink, Poland also considers itself to be vodka’s point of origin, dating back to the 15th century. Vodka can be made from different raw materials that contain carbohydrates. Grains are mostly used, but potatoes and molasses are also common.
Another popular drink is Krupnik, a traditional sweet alcoholic drink similar to a liqueur, based on vodka and honey. Krupnik is drunk cold as well as hot and even mixed with beer and is also mixed in cocktails, for example in Krupnik Sour.
As we already know Russians consider their nation to be vodka’s birthplace. But Russia has a non-alcoholic drink calls Kvass and it is a traditional fermented beverage commonly made from rye bread.
Kvass or Kvass (outdated also Quas; Russian квас) is a drink from the East Slavic and partly also South Slavic-speaking areas that is made from bread through fermentation. Today kvass is mainly found in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, and the Baltic States.
Spain is one of the world’s major wine-producing countries, you’d expect to find quite a few grape juices on the market. ‘Mosto’ is the generic term for grape juice and is as easy to drink as it is to pronounce.
It comes in both a red or white variety and is usually presented in a tumbler glass with an olive and a slice of orange. It’s equally popular with adults and children and is often consumed before lunch during the aperitif hour.
Popular on a hot day, Spanish horchata is a drink made from tiger nuts, sugar and water, and is served cold. This is different than the horchata consumed in Mexico and Central America, which is made from a base of rice and cinnamon.
The most famous drink in Spain is Sangria. Sangria is made with wine. Depending on the variety, this contains between 12 and 14 percent by volume. As the wine is mixed with juices, the alcohol content of the Spanish classic drops. Depending on the amount of liqueur or schnapps added, the alcohol content of the sangria increases again.
The bowl-like drink is made from red wine, pieces of fruit, and fruit juice and is often mixed with spirits. Sangría is served cold in glass carafes or, when it is hot, drunk diluted with water. Sangría is a simple party drink in Spain, similar to punch in Germany or punch in Great Britain. Since Sangría is an easy-to-prepare punch, there are many variations.
- 750 ml strong red wine
- 100 ml of Cointreau
- 50 ml gin
- The juice of 6 oranges
- At least 20 ice cubes
- 2 unsprayed limes
- 2 peaches
- 2 oranges
- 4 small cinnamon sticks
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
Pour red wine, Cointreau and gin into a carafe. Squeeze the three oranges, pour the freshly squeezed juice through a sieve, and then also pour it into the carafe. Wash the fruit, cut the lime into slices, eighth the peach, halve the orange and cut into thin slices.
Everything is added to the alcohol along with the cinnamon sticks. To make it a little sweeter – but it doesn’t have to be – two tablespoons of sugar are stirred in. Finally, add the ice cubes. Let cool for around 30 minutes, serve, done.
Irn Brew is a sweet, fruity-flavored, soda with a rusty orange color that has been referred to as the country’s “other national drink.” Launched in 1901 in Scotland, IRN-BRU is a carbonated soft drink made to an original secret recipe, which contains 32 flavors.
In 1901, steelworkers working on the re-building of Glasgow Central Station were drinking too much beer to quench their thirst. So, a local soft drinks manufacturer named AG Barr brought to them a tonic-like drink made with caffeine and sugar that could get the workers through a hard day’s graft. ‘Iron Brew’ was born and a long history of it getting Scots through tough situations began.
Scotch Whiskey and Bourbon are the two most famous types of whiskey in the world. They not only develop their very own character in terms of taste. Both scotch whiskey and bourbon whiskey are tied to their traditional region of origin. The two types of whiskey are therefore not allowed to be produced anywhere in the world.
As you can already guess from the name Scotch whiskey, the spirit may only be produced in Scotland. In fact, the entire production process, from distillation and storage to bottling, must take place in Scotland in order to be allowed to call the spirit Scotch. However, the raw materials used – and especially the barley – do not necessarily have to come from Scotland. They can be imported.
With Scotch whiskey it depends on the respective sub-variety: Grain whiskeys may not only be distilled from barley, but also from other types of grain such as wheat or rye. They are an important addition to blended whiskeys. The situation is different with malt whiskeys (including the well-known Scottish single malts): They are made exclusively from malted barley.
Got thirsty? Go and get your drink on.