Venturing abroad? Get a taste of the local culture via its favourite tipple.

If you are travelling abroad, there can be few better ways to immerse yourself in the local culture than by sampling an obscure tipple in the nearest bar.

Often specific to a very small area and accompanied by their own drinking rituals and traditions, drinks are frequently made using unusual ingredients such as cashew, carob or artichoke and – just like the local cuisine - can provide an insight into an area that you may not otherwise have had.

In this interactive new graphic created by online casino JohnSlots, 19 obscure drinks from around the world are uncovered. From Akvavit to Jenever via Patxaran and Makgeolli, you can be sure these aren’t the sort bevvies you’ll find back at home.

We’re adding these to our Try Before We Die list.

1. Paxtaran, Spain


Typically drunk in the Navarre and Basque country but popular all over Spain, Paxtaran is made from both coffee and either cinnamon or anise flavours and is usually served after meals, in theory to aid digestion.

2. Gammel Dansk, Denmark


A secret recipe, traditionally drunk by Danes at festive occasions, Gammel Dansk is a bitter liquor often consumed at, ahem, breakfast as well as brunch, weddings anniversaries and birthdays.

3. Akvavit, Sweden


Flavoured with spices and built on spirits, the Swedish drink ‘akvavit’ translates literally as ‘water of life’ and is often drunk after a traditional song has been sung.

4. Sljivovica, Serbia


Found across Eastern Europe, this spirit is brewed by many Serbians in their homes, though commercial versions are available. Made from plum brandy, it is often consumed at events such as birthdays and weddings and is usually served at room temperature to bring out the flavour of the plums.

5. Chicha de Jora, Andes


A traditional drink from the Andes harking back to Inca times, it is today enjoyed in small Andean villages in the Sacred Valley. Essentially a beer, it has a thick foam, sweet note and a sour, cider-like after-taste. It is traditional to spill the first sip of beer on the ground saying ‘Pachamama, Santa Tierra’ as an offering to Earth Mother (Pachamama in Quechua)

6. Gløgg, Norway


You would be hard-pressed to find a more evocative name than that of gløgg, a hot and fruity mulled wine generally served around Halloween and Christmas alongside a Norwegian rice pudding called risgrøt.

7. Tsipouro, Greece


You might have heard of ouzo and raki, but what about tsipouro? This strong distilled spirit made from fermented grapes will get your engines started at 40-45% ABV. Drink it chilled in a shot glass or on ice in summer, or as a hot beverage in winter.

8. Kvass, Russia


Traditional kvass was re-purposed in the early 2000s as an alternative to Western soft drinks as part of an ‘anti-cola-nisation’ campaign. Made from fermented rye bread, it is only lightly alcoholic and is actually classed as non-alcoholic by Russian drinking standards.

View the full infographic here.

September 2017