Favorite/least favorite drinks from your travels.

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1. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 183 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

What are some of your favorite drinks from your travels? Include beer, whisky, wine, soda/minerals/fizzy drinks, tea, coffee, juice or whatever. What are some of your least favorite? Have too many good ones (or not) on your mind? List 'em all.

This may sound boring, but I love Coke from other countries because it's made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, like here in the US. The difference in taste is hard to ignore! I also like Finches, Fanta and Taylor Keith sodas from the UK and Ireland when we make it over there. Having said that, I am not a big soda drinker, but fizzy drinks are so much better in other parts of the world than what I'd find at home.

I found 2 sips of Imperial beer from Costa Rica almost turned me into a teetotaler because the flavor disagreed with me so. Mythos Red from Greece was also pretty nasty stuff.

I look forward to hearing yours!

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 989 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I have a very restricted list of things that I drink. I don't drink any alcohol, or soft drinks and rarely drink coffee. Mostly I drink water, fruit juices (uncarbonated) and tea. Occasionally root beer and I can drink coffee if there is nothing else. My mother and my husband like milk shakes. Me not so much. I do like a root beer float.

Least favorites - Fizzy mineral water that I had in Naples - Goccia di carnia
Also Fentimans Botanically Brewed Victorian Lemonade that I had in Cornwall and Cranberry Crush which we got on the Great Western train - it was carbonated and had rose water and vanilla in it.
The first time I had beer it was on a German train when I was 12, and it was warm. It put me off beer for life.

Ones I liked:
In 2001 at Norman's Cay I had a rum revenge without the rum. (Pineapple, orange & coconut). It was pretty good as I still remember it.

3. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 120 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Favourite alcoholic one must be beer, it just tastes likes a holiday when you get that first cold pint in front of you when you got to your new destination. Singha from Thailand and Arany Aszok from Hungary come first in mind

And from non-alcoholics it must be Mint tea from Marocco and Fanta Cherry, but I don't remember where I drank that, might be in Thailand

Oh, and as an after thought! Fresh orange or/and watermelon juice! I drink those everywhere :)

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Apr-2019, at 21:06 by hennaonthetrek ]

4. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 30 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Many years ago had some nasty drink in Paris called "marc" I think, it was a kind of cheap brandy.

5. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 131 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

The worst drink I've tasted whilst travelling was a one of the tasters in the World of Coke in Atlanta. It is a drink called Beverley, that used to be sold in Italy, and is incredibly bitter. Watching everyone else's reaction to the drink was far more satisfying than actually drinking it!

As to best, there are plenty to choose from, but one that particularly stands out has to be a 40 year aged sake in Kyoto.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hands down favorite has been a kir at the Cassissium in Nuits-Saint-Georges, France. My husband now makes a great one using their cassis when we can find it.

Other favorites are blanquette de Limoux from Limoux in Occitanie (formerly Languedoc-Roussillon) and Crémant d'Alsace, two wonderful sparkling wines that are a celebration in themselves.

My husband likes Calvados from Normandy but I like it best over ice cream rather than as a drink.

Worst drinks . . . We bought some hard cider from a farmer in Normandy many years ago and I'll never forget the taste. It tasted like manure smells . . . not pleasant. One sip and we used it as a drain cleaner. I've never had enough nerve to try hard cider since then.

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 6696 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

The blonde beers in Belgium win it for me.

A close second for fresh coconuts anywhere :)

8. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 195 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

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Brazil: Guarana
Australia: lemon bitters
Belgium: Leffe Brune

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Jordan: can of non alcoholic beer

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Apr-2019, at 03:00 by ToddP ]

9. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 705 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

In Serbia we bought this juice that may or may not have been alcoholic (no one spoke English and we couldn't decide if it was just juice or a really low alcoholic drink) from Zica Monastery that was really nice and in Montenegro we got a tasty blueberry wine. Oaxaca I tried some Mezcals that were impressive. In Bosnia and Croatia we were always served Tilset tea which I really enjoyed. Denmark we came across this bottled juice of Acerola and having a sour tooth I absolutely loved it.

Mexico they sold this carbonated water flavoured with lemon but unsweetened, so again it suited my sour palate Sticking with Mexico in Villahermosa I had this unsweetened cocoa drink mixed with almond meal which I also found enjoyable but wow did they sell them in huge sizes. I had a horchata in Uxmal that was OK but a bit sweet for my liking. Brennivín in Iceland was another OK drink.

I love fresh coconut water in Asia and the Pacific but I found in the Caribbean they tasted different and not in good way. In the mountains of Asturias and Cantabria in Spain they had these what I call water fountains where one would collect water from and we always filled our bottles there because it was the sweetest, freshest water we had ever tasted. We bumped into a British couple who were also driving the area and loving the water so much they had got hold of giant bottles to refill with On the flip side I find the water of the Artesian Basin in Australia too metallic tasting for my liking though people really swear by its supposed healing properties.

10. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 920 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Best include:
Non-alcoholic - baobab juice in Gambia, all the fruit juices in Ecuador. a wonderful Virgin Mohito in Marrakesh, Blue Mountain coffee in Jamaica
Alcoholic - good wine anywhere, pisco sours in Chile (I much prefer them to the Peruvian version as they don't have egg white which I find a bit cloying), home-made plum Schnapps in Austria (our friend makes his own), Islay malt whiskies, any well made margarita (not frozen please!), Aperol Spritz before dinner in Italy and a good grappa after it

Least good:
Non-alcoholic - over-sweetened sodas, drinks that claim to be fresh fruit juice but are patently not, weak coffee in far too many places in the US (brown dishwater, I call it!), any sort of cola anywhere
Alcoholic - a liqueur in China that had a snake steeped in it for 'flavour', weak US beers like Bud Light, too-cheap wines that taste of vinegar

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Apr-2019, at 08:04 by ToonSarah ]