Although I write about food all the time, I thought a post on five unique drinks from around the world was needed. And by drinks I’m talking about the non-alcoholic variety. I may do one on adult drinks later on but this post is aimed at all ages.
Chicha Morada (Peru)
I have tried this before although it was at a Peruvian restaurant here in Pittsburgh. I am however, hoping to try it in the “flesh” next month when I’m there. Chicha morada is a sweet beverage made from purple corn and spices. Chicha is made by boiling the corn with pineapple, cinnamon, cloves, and sugar. Its use and consumption goes as far back as the pre-colonial era of Peru, some say even before the Inca empire. While its appearance may make you hesitant to drink it, it really tastes good. The fact that a beverage made from maize has a delicious taste to it speaks volumes.
Batidos (Costa Rica)
Batido in Spanish means milkshake and this is a popular drink throughout all of Latin America. My fondest memories of batidos were the ones I had during my semester abroad in Costa Rica. While I didn’t order them every day, on the days that I did they were a real treat. I often went to lunch at a small soda that was a few blocks from where I took classes and this is where I always got my batidos. Being in Costa Rica, land of the never ending tropical fruits, flavor selections were bottomless-watermelon, papaya, banana. My love for batidos was even featured in my book.
Masala Chai (India)
I adore chai lattes but know that the ones I’m used to here in the United States are nothing like the chais you would find in India (Colleen over at Colleen Brynn Travels confirmed this as a temporary Indian resident who became accustomed to her daily chais). Masala chai is a flavored tea beverage that is made by brewing black tea with a mixture of spices and herbs. When chais are still traditionally prepared the process includes putting together a decoction of green cardamon pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, and black peppercorn together with black tea leaves. Tea bags, powdered mix, concentrate, say what?
This is a drink that I think I would like to try but am not sure if I would necessarily like it. It’s a cold yogurt beverage mixed with salt and is considered a national drink in Turkey, although it’s also found in other Middle Eastern countries and the Balkans. It’s served chilled and usually accompanies grilled meat or rice. I like yogurt and eat a lot of it, but have never really considered it a “drink.” However, if anything is as big as a country’s national drink, it is something worth tasting in order to make my own informed opinion of it.
Chocolat Chaud (France)
While I’m betraying my former home by saying this, I hate Spanish hot chocolate. Although this is something they’re known for, I could never get past its rich, almost mud-like texture and believe me when I say that you don’t want your hot beverage to be as thick as mud. French hot chocolate on the other hand is simply magnifique. On my last visit to Paris, D and I arrived in the City of Light and since our room wasn’t ready yet, we went in search of some food and drink. We found peaceful cafe with broad windows (in a very European way that you could see the whole street in front of you) and ordered a petit dejuner, breakfast. D got a coffee of some sort while I went with the chocolat chaud. French hot chocolate is rich, creamy, and silky, a drink you could definitely put on some pounds with if you drank too much of it. Thankfully the complimentary hotel breakfast also served this.
Have you tried any of these drinks? Or there any others you would recommend? Do share 🙂