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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 7:14 am from Goulburn, Australia
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 7:18 am from Victoria, Canada
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 7:35 am from Goulburn, Australia
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 7:39 am from Goulburn, Australia
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 7:50 am from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 8:01 am from Goulburn, Australia
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 8:27 am from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 8:38 am from Goulburn, Australia
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 9:12 am by from Portsmouth, England (Permalink)
In South America I was introduced to a wonderful drink called
Pisco Sour...
a bland of brandy, lemon and sugar....
Not sure if is the national beverage, but lots of travellers really enjoyed it....
In Indonesia they have as many coffees as France has cheeses....everyone in the villages on sumatra seemed to have a few coffee bushes....many were very ineresting....including one where the beans are eaten by a wild cat...then the defecated beans are roasted and ground....

george

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 9:46 am from Goulburn, Australia
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 10:08 am from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 10:15 am from Goulburn, Australia
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 6:48 pm by from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) (Permalink)
Ahh, the pisco sour is definitely the national drink of Peru. Pisco is an un-aged grape brandy. It is shaken with lime juice and an egg white, then splashed with angostura bitters. Yummy.

Angostura bitters, BTW, come from the city Bolivar in Venezuela, the narrowest point on the Orinoco River. Angosto means narrow in Spanish, hence the name of the city, the tree and its bitter extract.

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 7:09 pm by from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) (Permalink)
My favorite odd national drinks revolve around the same beverage in countries thousands of miles apart.

Italy produces many digestivs, the most bitter of which is known as Fernet Branca. It is the kind of drink that Italian men sip at the bar or on their front porch. It is not a drink that matches the tastes of most western palates. It has however found a new audience in Argentina, where many Italians have relocated. Fernet and Coke is the drink of choice in Buenos Aires, but not necessarily the rest of the country.

Fernet and Coke is pretty bizarre but it does not take long to get accustomed to it if you are are hanging with people from Buenos Aires, Portenos as they call themselves. Last year I was hanging out on a beach on the Carib coast of Mexico and saw a young guy take a bottle of the immediately recognizable Fernet bottle from a brown paper bag and pour some into a bottle of Coke. I asked "Porteno?" and he knew I had busted him.

Yes, he shared his stuff.
Jim

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 8:31 pm by from Portsmouth, England (Permalink)
I prefered the chilean version....sugar and no eggg white...the Peruvians and Chileans argue about who it belongs to LOL

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisco_Sour

for me it was a refreshing drink whenever I could get it..

george

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 8:48 pm from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 11:42 pm from Seattle, United States
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Posted November 29th, 2012 - 5:10 am from Sydney, Australia
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Posted November 29th, 2012 - 6:28 am by from Daylesford, Australia (Permalink)
from somewhere in the back of my maturish brain popped a bit of stored-away information.

it says that the first alcoholic drink was probably mead. honey, mixed with water plus wild yeast that floats in the air.

most likely, i imagine a lucky accident from the stone age, when some sloppy, forgetful mr homo not-so-sapiens came across an old gourd with fermented honey water, left behind a rock in his cave.

he had one sip anyway, and he felt so grand that he kept sculling it down.. when mrs homo-very-sapiens found him singing, dancing and amorous, she tasted some as well and voila! boozers, they had become.

the following day, they were probably a) bit hungover, b) pregnant again and c) experimenting with further batches...

next time you are in munich, go to the viktualienmarkt behind the marienplatz. there you can find a heavenly mead shop to try and buy the golden drop. good winter drink.

it's easy to make, as well. few crumbs of wine yeast ensure and speed up the process.

today, i am drinking ice cold beer. t'was 39 degrees celsius, thats over 100 f. in the shade.
weather hot - beer good.

:>) roo


Posted November 29th, 2012 - 6:58 pm from Sydney, Australia
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Posted December 6th, 2012 - 6:41 pm from Bad Fallingbostel, Germany
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Posted November 29th, 2012 - 6:42 pm by from Portsmouth, England (Permalink)
Yerba mate is not only a drink in all of south america...

If they offer the cup and bombilla/bomba..=.you are family

if they make you a fresh one.=. you are a friend

if they make you a coffee..=.don't come back again

glad I was never offered coffee..

george

Posted November 29th, 2012 - 7:02 pm from Sydney, Australia
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Posted November 29th, 2012 - 7:03 pm from Thornbury, England
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Posted November 29th, 2012 - 8:00 pm from Seattle, United States
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Posted November 29th, 2012 - 9:55 pm from Portland, United States
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Posted November 30th, 2012 - 2:09 am by from Daylesford, Australia (Permalink)
i was talking alcoholic drinks, not food, sydneysider...

the first house i rented on this continent, with my australian husband, was in caulfield/melbourne.

had a huge vegie garden, outdoor loo and laundry and an enormous fig tree, with plenty of fruit. we made amazingly potent fig wine, of course, but the figs kept ripening.
all during summer many figs fell down and fermented, which attracted every boozy possum, brush tails mostly, from miles away.

we had to be careful, on our trips to the dunny, not to step on the passed-out marsupials, in the night.

my practical mate built a box-like shelf above the toilet, where he gently placed pissed possums, to sleep it off safely. they usually left by mid-morning, only to return at sunset.

the next summer we had a baby daughter, who learned to push open the screen door and crawl out to the garden, only to find fermented figs and stuff herself....

better not tell you more, might ruin anna-luise's reputation, worldwide

:>) roo

Posted November 30th, 2012 - 10:53 pm from Sydney, Australia
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Posted December 1st, 2012 - 3:53 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted December 6th, 2012 - 10:40 am from Saint-Brieuc, France
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Posted December 6th, 2012 - 1:35 pm from Luebeck, Germany
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 10:22 am from Antalya, Turkey
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 1:31 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
When I travel I miss Noo Yawk 'cawfee regula'. It is not so much the taste of the coffee I miss as much as going to the deli. 'My' deli guy fixes my coffee the way I like it and I grab a newspaper and I am out the door in minutes flat. My husband has a more complicated morning deli ritual. His 'deli guy' sees him come in the door and has his order ready by the time it is his turn. He orders a large tea,with half/half and two 'splendas' with a three egg white omlette with swiss cheese and sausage with no bread. I can so easily make this for him at home but he likes the 'comraderie' in the deli,talking about the game last night etc. He is probably there two or three times a week. He runs marathons so I guess he can eat like this early in the morning.

J

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 1:41 pm by from Weston-super-Mare, England (Permalink)
In Argentina and Uruguay they drink Mate which is made from dried yerba leaves & boiling water. A lot of people walk round with their little Mate cup, often made from gourds, with a straw to drink from & their thermos with boiling water under their arm.

Here, in England, of course it is tea with added milk (real stuff please) although Starbucks & Costa Coffee are now everywhere.

Anne

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 3:02 pm from Victoria, Canada
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Posted January 2nd, 2013 - 4:39 am from Mexico City, Mexico
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Posted January 2nd, 2013 - 7:00 am from Mumbai, India
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Posted January 3rd, 2013 - 7:48 am from Mexico City, Mexico
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Posted November 30th, 2012 - 7:24 am from Untermuenkheim, Germany
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Posted December 6th, 2012 - 1:37 pm by from Luebeck, Germany (Permalink)
Auch wenn es jetzt nicht Sommer ist: Weißweinschorle (= Weißwein mit Mineralwasser mit viel Kohlensäure) ist Klasse und wird in Deutschland gerne getrunken. Der Weißwein sollte dafür trocken-fruchtig sein, Vino verde, der selbst schon etwas petillante ist, geht auch gut.

Micha