Jan 04

10 Must-Try Drinks Around the World

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I’m always eager to try new drinks when I get to a new country or region. We’ve had cold, gritty Turkish coffee to super-sweet milk tea in Thailand. Here are a few of our favorites!

Chai Guy

Chai Guy by Shabbir Sira

1.Masala Chai – India

Masala chai is one of my favorite things in India. Basically, it is black tea, usually Assam, mixed with milk, sweetener (sugar or honey), and lots of spices.  The spices used will vary from place to place, but the basics are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, fennel seeds, peppercorn, and cloves. It is available on the streets from Chai Wallahs, on trains, in hotels, and pretty much everywhere you go.

2. Michelada – Mexico

As our friend Bill would say, “Oh. My. God.” This is undoubtedly one of our favorite drink discoveries. We visited Mexico City in 2008 and have been making this tasty beverage for ourselves at home ever since. There are a few variations on the drink, but the traditional Michelada is beer, lime juice, and clamato. It is served in a glass, or big paper cup, with the rim salted and caked with pepper and chili powder. Doesn’t sound good? Just try it! I think you’d be surprised. Another variation leaves out the clamato and chili powder to make a sort of “beergarita”: beer, lime, salted rim. They go over well at a summer BBQ!

3. Augustiner Edelstoff – Munich, Germany

Day after day we found ourselves at the Augustiner beer hall during our week in Munich. The loud, rowdy atmosphere, good food, and great beer were irresistible. You’ve gotta love the waitress carrying three liters of beer in each hand. Our favorite brew is Edelstoff, and a liter will put you back about six euros. Clark was also a fan of the weissbiers.

Clark und bier - Munich, Germany


Photo by Linkwize

4. Singapore Sling

This mixed drink is a staple in Singapore. It was invented at the Raffles hotel and can now be found served all over SE Asia. The original recipe uses gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, and fresh pineapple juice. The hotel now serves up a pre-mixed version because of the high volume of orders to be filled. You’ll pay almost $30 at the Raffles, but you can get a cheaper version at almost any bar in Singapore. We also found them all over Southeast Asia, of course. It’s the perfect tropical treat, and I enjoyed a few during our two weeks in Bangkok.

5. Super Bock – Portugal

This is the national beer of Portugal and you’ll find it absolutely everywhere. It’s especially good along side the ever-popular bar snack of Lupini beans. This was our beer of choice at only one euro per liter in Lisbon’s Barrio Alto. You can’t beat that and to top it off– you can drink in the street! (Americans get very excited about that kind of thing…)

6. Pomegranate/Orange Juice – Turkey

You can’t beat sipping on a fresh-squeezed juice while wandering through the markets in Istanbul or Izmir.  There are juicing stands every few feet in most major Turkish cities. You can also get the pomegranate straight-up, but we preferred to tone it down with the orange. Plus, the antioxidants in pomegranate supposedly offer a million health benefits from lowering cholesterol to slowing cancer. Just don’t buy it from the stands outside the Blue Mosque (five lira!). Head over to the Grand Bazaar for one-lira cups.

Spremuta di Melograno

Photo by Luca Zappa

7. Chang – Thailand

The beer to drink on the beach in Thailand is Chang. Probably because it’s cheap. We enjoyed quite a few relaxing drinks while sitting at the edge of the lapping waves. After going through some tough travel days to get to the Thai islands, you’ll need a cold one! We also really enjoyed Tiger and Singha, but Chang was the cheapest, so usually our drink of choice! Someone wrote “Donot wory be hppy” on the bottle koozie pictured below, and we just had to have it as a souvenir. If you ever visit the reggae bar on Koh Lipe, please tell them we’re sorry for swiping their foam thingys.

Beach time - Koh Lipe, Thailand

8. Bosnian Coffee

I’m not a big coffee drinker, but Clark really enjoyed this strong drink. Bosnian Coffee is prepared by  by boiling finely powdered roast coffee beans in a small copper pot.  Before pouring the coffee into your little ceramic cup, skim the film and grounds from the top with your spoon.  You can pour your coffee over lumps of sugar or dip your sugar into the coffee and alternate nibbling the sugar and sipping the coffee.  It will mostly likely be served with a little square of Turkish Delight. I like mine with LOTS of sugar.

Coffee time - Sarajevo, Bosnia

9. Port wine – Porto, Portugal

Going for a port-tasting is a must when visiting Porto. If you think you’ve had Port before, think again. The real stuff is incredible! There are countless little wineries along the Douro River that offer free tours and tastings. We went for a hostel outing to the Croft winery and got to taste a few varieties.  The older the port, the sweeter and nuttier the flavor. We’re still waiting for a special occasion to break open the 40-year vintage we bought!

On a side note, the tour guide pouring the wine in the photo had the strangest accent. Even months after leaving Porto, I thought the port’s color came from the “hood”. What’s hood? Beats me. Clark later told me that she was in fact saying “wood”– as in wood from the casks. Oops.

Port Tasting - Porto, Portugal

10. Lassi – India

We enjoyed quite a variety of Lassis in India.  My favorite flavors were banana and Makhani. A Lassi is a creamy yogurt drink sweetened with honey and fruits.  The Makhani lassi is a special variety found in Jodhpur.  This lassi is seasoned with saffron and blended with a tart cheese-like substance. The best one can be found at a little hole-in-the wall cafe/guest house in the main square.

Makhani lassi

Makhani Lassi by by Daniel Bachhuber on Flickr

What’s your favorite drink? Leave your comments below!

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52 Responses to “10 Must-Try Drinks Around the World”

  1. From Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World:

    Coffee is our favorite drink! Any kind! Never tried Bosnian though — Jack doesn’t like sugar in his, but I’ll take mine with plenty of sugar, especially if they’re heart shaped lumps like the ones in the pics. Too cute!

    Posted on January 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm #
  2. From greg urbano:

    singapore sling for me!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:25 am #
  3. From gilbert salaman:

    Black tea with sugar and cinnamon on the streets of damascus.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:19 am #
  4. From anjči:

    Coffee a-la Vietnamese – short, thick, black, with a dollop of sweet condensed milk. Mmmm!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm #
  5. From Kim:

    @anjči: They love their condensed milk in SE Asia!
    @Gilbert: That sounds amazing!!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm #
  6. From Lisa:

    Thai Iced Tea is my favorite.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 6:58 am #
  7. From Scott:

    One More Chang! became our slogan while drinking in Thailand. It’s so easy to drink many of them when a big bottle is only $2! Great list

    Posted on January 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm #
  8. From Dina:

    Lassi is the only one I’ve had, and it was not even in India. It was in a carnival in Sydney.
    So these are our favourite drinks around the world so far:
    Trappist beer Belgium
    Coffee in Spain – I love coffee, I’m picky about it. Never get disappointed with any coffee in Spain, they are so tasty.
    Chai (regular tea, not spiced), sugared, in front of Hagia Sofia/Blue Mosque in Istanbul (cost 1 lira. Maybe the magic must involve being in such exotic location with all of the street vendors and tea sellers scream “chai chai chai lira lira lira)
    Avocado juice

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm #
  9. From Tatjana Hemmer:

    Hi, You got it wrong on the traditional Michelada in mexico is beer with lemon and the glass rim with salt.Beer and Clamato mixed with lemon, salt and peper is called OJO ROJO.

    Posted on March 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm #
  10. From Kim:

    @Tatjana Hemmer – Yeah, we had it served that way too, but I did a little research and found that both types were often called the Michelada. Here in the U.S. if you order one near the border, you’ll get the spicy variety. I also saw that the spicy kind is sometimes called the Michelada Cubano. I wasn’t sure which was more traditional for Mexico. I like both varieties! Thanks for the tip. :-)

    Posted on March 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm #
  11. From Paulo Sergio:

    Super Bock are the best !!!!

    Posted on March 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm #
  12. From Filipe:

    Instead of complaining about the Porto tour guide’s accent, you should think about the fact that she probably speaks English a lot better than you do Portuguese, no?

    Posted on March 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm #
  13. From Filipe Moniz:

    1st of: Filipe but not related to the previous comment ^^

    2nd: definitly Super Bock!! followed by Edelstoff, Porto, and my own home-made cup a coffee 😛

    Posted on March 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm #
  14. From Ana Rosario:

    2 Portuguese drinks on the run!
    Besides the world known Porto Wine and the beers, we also have lots of traditional liquers worth trying… and drinking!

    Posted on March 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm #
  15. From Kim:

    @Filipe: I’m sorry if you misunderstood my comment about the tour guides accent. I’m not complaining about it, just telling a funny little side note about my own silliness for misunderstanding her. :o)

    Posted on March 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm #
  16. From BilgeRat:

    Coffee from Torrefazione Marchi in Venice! They roast in an old German roasting machine every day, and you can buy fresh roasted beans to take away of have espresso right there and watch them roast(early A.M.). They are on Rio Tera San Leonardo about 300m from the bridge (Ponte Guglie) over Canal de Canneregio.

    Posted on March 29, 2011 at 2:12 am #
  17. From Valter:

    Portuguese arguardente…that’ll definetly put hairs on your chest!

    Posted on March 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm #
  18. From menina:

    Caipirinha and Porto wine are the best drinks ever! :)

    Posted on March 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm #
  19. From Gail:

    Definitely aguadente tried it on Madeira Island
    and Caipirinha yum make it all the time at home now.

    Posted on April 1, 2011 at 7:02 am #
  20. From Anonymouse:

    Vermut grifa at Mercado San Miguel south of Plaza Mayor in Madrid!


    Posted on April 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm #
  21. From Jillian:

    Happy to say I’ve tried all of the special drinks in the country I’m in. I’ll admit though, the michelada had to grow on me. Of course each glass it got better and better!

    Posted on April 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm #
  22. From Noah:

    In Peru, get a pisco sour and you’ll never order anything else. Ingredients are mini limes,pisco(44% alcohol made of grapes),sugar and egg whites.. line the rim with lime juice then sugar and your good to go.

    Posted on April 26, 2011 at 1:11 am #
  23. From Manuel:

    Also in Lisbon and other points in Portugal: Ginginha, best enjoyed in the Baixa district, though you’ll also find plenty in the Bairro Alto :)

    Posted on April 26, 2011 at 7:50 am #
  24. From Nicole:

    Lassi is awful sorry! But I loved drinking myanmar tea straight from the tea shops and pearl teas! yum! :)

    Posted on April 27, 2011 at 5:50 am #
  25. From Sofia - As We Travel:

    Great list, I can’t wait to try the Portuguese beer and Bosnian coffee.
    I’ve heard that Turkish coffee is big in Bosnia and the Balkans, but I didn’t know they had their own type of coffee!

    Posted on April 27, 2011 at 9:53 am #
  26. From Kailene:

    Agua de Sevilla – almost anywhere in Sevilla! Topped with whip cream, best alcoholic beverage I’ve had to date!

    Posted on April 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm #
  27. From Clark:

    @Sofia – It is basically the same thing as Turkish coffee. It came from the Ottoman influence in the region. Have fun!

    Posted on April 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm #
  28. From Leonardo Aguayo:

    HAHA dude, i’m mexican and what you said it’s a michelada it’s actually called clamacheve (cheve is slang for beer)
    and the “beergarita” it’s the actual michelada 😀 haha but yeah they’re awsome, specially for hot days

    Posted on April 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm #
  29. From applecherry:

    I like milktea.That’s very healthy!

    Posted on May 4, 2011 at 5:36 am #
  30. From Jason:

    Sky juice (coconut water + gin) from the Bahamas. Heavenly.

    Posted on May 20, 2011 at 4:03 am #
  31. From Dave Marini:

    Cambodian ‘tukaluks’ are hard to beat

    Posted on May 30, 2011 at 8:40 am #
  32. From Dave Marini:

    oh, and I agree – lassis in India were awful. I tried bhang lassi many times and nearly vomited after every one.

    Posted on May 30, 2011 at 8:41 am #
  33. From Jenna:

    Caipifrutta in the Yucatan is delicious. Especially the kiwi variety!!

    Posted on June 10, 2011 at 10:01 am #
  34. From Darini:

    @dave-you do realize that bhang lassi is laced with cannabis..? It is typically served on the holiday of Holi

    Posted on July 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm #
  35. From Marcus Mitchell:

    Singh beer is much nicer than Chang when visiting Thailand. The former will have you Singhing while the latter gives you terrible Changover. =]

    Posted on November 5, 2012 at 10:24 am #
  36. From Britany:

    I’ve been looking for a Michelada in Colombia! I’ve had one without the clamato but I need to try the full on concoction. Sounds pleasantly bizarre!

    Posted on March 17, 2013 at 10:07 am #
  37. From Lucy | gapyeardotcom:

    I really enjoyed this post, i have to say Masala Chai is one of my personal favourites. I had my first cup at the top of a sand dune in Tordi Sagar, India.

    Posted on May 24, 2013 at 9:29 am #
  38. From Marysia @ My Travel Affairs:

    I never say no to coffee and pomegranate juice!

    Posted on November 22, 2013 at 11:57 am #
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    Sad. Nobody mentioned venetian’s Spritz.

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