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Five Drinks To Try Around the World

Full Circle by Julie Tulba

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.

Chicha morada

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Batidos (Costa Rica)

Batido in Spanish means milkshake and this is a popular drinkΒ 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.

Full Circle by Julie Tulba

Illustration from my book Full Circle: Tales of Travel & Self-Discovery from Around the World. Artwork by Candance Rose Rardon

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?

Masala chai

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Ayran (Turkey)

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.Β  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.

Ayran

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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 foundΒ 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.

Chocolat Chaud

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Have you tried any of these drinks? Or there any others you would recommend? Do share πŸ™‚

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    Becca Niederkrom
    July 31, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I’ll take one of each . . well, maybe not the Ayran drink. What is to the left of the chocolate drink from Paris? Is that dessert or cream for the chocolate?
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      Julie
      August 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I like yogurt but not sure about it mixed in with salt. Turkey is a country I really want to visit so I’m sure I’ll give it a try once. I want to say it’s just cream for the chocolate. Now that to me is hardcore πŸ™‚

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    Jenn Turnbull
    July 31, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Batidos are one of my favorite things in Costa Rica. So good with all that fresh, exotic fruit. I’m also visiting Peru later this year and am looking forward to trying the Chicha morada drink. Must be healthy if it’s that crazy shade of purple!

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      Julie
      August 1, 2014 at 9:50 am

      You can never, ever go wrong with a batido! Having a bad day? Have a batido πŸ˜‰ So much of Peru’s food and drink scene looks amazing, and hopefully it tastes just as good too!

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    Kelly @ Tasting Page
    July 31, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I’ve only had a few of these, but definitely want more. I’m so curious about the chicha morada. It does look a little scary, but I bet it’s as delicious as you say!
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      Julie
      August 1, 2014 at 9:48 am

      I think for most people the idea of purple corn is definitely “different,” but chicha morada is without a doubt a unique AND a very tasty drink πŸ™‚ I’d love to try to make it myself but don’t think I’ve ever come across purple corn here in Pittsburgh.

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    Audrey - That Backpacker
    August 1, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I love chicha morada! I have relatives in Peru so I grew up drinking that stuff whenever we would visit. I also like myself a good cup of chai. πŸ™‚
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      Julie
      August 1, 2014 at 9:58 am

      That’s awesome you’ve been drinking chicha morada since you were a child πŸ™‚ And how even cooler that you have relatives in Peru! It has one of the best distinctive tastes ever I feel. I’m so anxious to try a real cup of “Indian” chai someday too!

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    Colleen Brynn
    August 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Hey, thanks for the shoutout! I’m really curious about this chicha!!!
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      Julie
      August 4, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      With pleasure! Your chai post was one of my favorites from your India series!
      I’ve liked chicha the couple of times I’ve had it but can’t wait to try the “real” thing when I’m in Peru next month!

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