Drinks and Drinking Customs Around the World


Published on

Drinking customs around the world are very diversified. In every culture there are not only local liquors, but also drinking customs that can seem very strange. Alcohol, like food, is an invaluable part of every nation’s culture. So before trying to drink with folks of other nationalities, read about HOW to drink liquor and avoid faux pas in different parts of the world. You will find out that you don’t know how to drink tequila after all. Learn why the Czechs don’t approach the bartender in a pub, what is the reason that Hungarians don’t clink glasses while raising a toast, and how to enjoy vodka with Russians. You can further your knowledge here http://blog.travelworldpassport.com/drinking-customs-around-the-world/

Published in: Travel, Self Improvement, Business
No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Drinks and Drinking Customs Around the World

  1. 15drinks&drinkingcustoms fromallovertheworldtohelpyoupartywithpeoplewhen travelingaroundtheglobe don’t forget to www.share.travel
  2. Drinkingcustomsaroundtheworldareverydiversified.Ineveryculturethereare not only local liquors, but also drinking customs that can seem very strange. Alcohol,likefood,isaninvaluablepartofeverynation’sculture.Andthoughdrinking culturesvaryfromcountrytocountryitissometimesworthhavingadrinkortwo withthelocalpeopletogetthetasteoftheplaceinabitofapartymood. don’t forget to www.share.travel
  3. don’t forget to www.share.travel greeceyoumighthaveouzo&cheer ΥΓΕΙΑ (Yamas) IntraditionalGreektsipourádikosandouzerías serve their shots in sealed 50ml. miniatures, whichmakesbillingeasyfortheserver—atthe endoftheeveningtheyjustcountthebottles onthetable.
  4. don’t forget to www.share.travel DENMARKyoumighthaveakvavit&cheer skaalAquavit is an important part of Scandinavian drinking culture, where it is often drunk during festive gatherings, such as Christmas dinners and weddings. In Sweden, Denmark and Germany aquavit is cooled down and often sipped slowly from a small shot glass. Aquavit arguably complements dark beer well, and its consumption is very often preceded by a swig of beer. Some drink the beer after a sip of aquavit, but purists generally lament this practice, claiming the beer will ruin the flavourand aftertaste.
  5. don’t forget to www.share.travel romaniayoumighthavepalinka&cheer norocAccording to folk wisdom, pálinka gives strength.Taking a shot of pálinka in the morning could not be missed among peasant population. Pálinka is best consumed at 16-18 °C room temperature. Cooling pálinka or producing the glass from the freezer will only mask the flaws of the spirit, for a chilled shot looses the essence you would drink it for:the scent and its fruitiness.
  6. don’t forget to www.share.travel icelandyoumighthavebrennivin&cheer SkálBrennivin, also called "Black Death," is Icelands national drink made from fermented potato mash and flavored with caraway seeds. Legend has it that brennivin achieved its ominous nickname during the Icelandic prohibition, which was more lenient than the American prohibition. When drinking brennivin by itself, many prefer it to be ice-cold.You can achieve this by cooling the bottle in the freezer or pouring refrigerated brennivin into chilled shot glasses.
  7. don’t forget to www.share.travel italyyoumighthavegrappa&cheer saluteGrappaisanItalianalcoholwhichismadeby distilling pomace, the leftovers of winemaking.Thenameisinfactareference to this, as it means “grape stems” in an Italian dialect. Grappa is traditionally served at a cool temperature, with many people erring on the side of serving it too cold, because it can always be warmed with the handsuntilitreleasesitsricharoma.
  8. don’t forget to www.share.travel koreayoumighthavesoju & cheer hwanhoWhen it comes to alcohol, always (always!) use both hands.With both hands you accept theglass,drinktheliquor,handtheglassback overandpouralcoholtoanemptyglass.And youwill be asked to pouralcohol, because in Koreanobodyshouldfilltheirownglass.
  9. don’t forget to www.share.travel croatiayoumighthaverakija&cheer nazdravlje It is a custom to enjoy a rakija aftera meal as a digestive but be careful, this stuff is strong and is not a drink for the weak. There are severalflavors orrakija, such as šlivovica made of plums, višnjevac from cherries,butforsomethingalittleeasierto swallow, try medicawhich is flavoredwith honey,ororahovacwithalmonds.
  10. don’t forget to www.share.travel portugalyoumighthaveporto&cheer SaúdePortugal has a rich wine culture that dates back to the Middle Ages, Portuguese wines are very appreciated around the globe,  in particular, the fortified one called Port, known for its sweetness, aroma and bouquets.Port, also known as Porto, Oporto or Vinho do Porto is a sweet fortified wine from Portugal, it takes its name from the city of Oporto. It is produced from grapes grown and processed in the region of Douro, brandy is then added to partially fermented grape juice, stopping fermentation and producing a strong sweet wine thatisthenmaturedforyears.
  11. don’t forget to www.share.travel polandyoumighthavemiódpitny&cheer nazdrowie In the Polish language mead is called miód pitny, meaning 'drinkable honey'. It is one of traditional Polish alcohols, yet not the most popular one. It is produced by fermentation of lime honey.Many flavorings of meads are get through seasoning it with fruit juices (she so called 'miody owocowe', what means 'fruit honeys') or with spices ('miody korzenne' and 'miody korzenno-ziolowe' - 'spice honeys' and 'spice-herbal honeys' respectively). Most oftentimes spice-herbal meads are made with: hop, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, pepper, juniper, vanilla, rose petals, mint leaves, almonds, lemon and the orange peel.
  12. don’t forget to www.share.travel germanyyou might have beer & cheer prostInGermany,whenraisingaglass,youshouldlooktheperson youdrinkwithintheeyes.Ifyoudon’toneoftwocompletely different things might happen. 1. You might offend your companion as well as his family and ancestors or 2. You might suffer from bad sex for the next 7 days. The repercussionsmightseemdistantandweird,butI,naturally, have my own theory how to combine them both: you offendedthepersonyouroseyourglasswithandheorshe cursedyousothatyouwillhavebadsexforaweek.
  13. don’t forget to www.share.travel hungaryyou might have tokaji & cheer Egeshegedre Tokaji  Aszu, which comes from the Tokaj  region, is Hungary most famous wine and is even mentioned in the Hungarian national anthem.Hungarians avoid “clinking” glasses.And the reason forthat you can find in history. In 1848 Austrians celebrated defeating Hungarians by raising their glasses and “clinking” them.So as the proud nation they are, the Hungarians promised themselves not to dowhat theirenemies did for the next 150 years. If you can count quickly enough, you’ve probably noticed already, that this period ended in 1998, but the behaviour is still unwanted and ifyou do something like that, you might doafauxpas,sobecarefuloutthere!
  14. don’t forget to www.share.travel russiayoumighthavevodka& cheer Zazdarov’yeRussians are very specific when it comes to drinking. When drinking vodka, Russians usually use shots glass (ryumka), but on occasions (hardcore level)  they use regular glasses (stakan) as well.Young people in Russia have a shot and then they bite a lemon to kill the taste (pretty similar to drinking tequila, right? Wrong! But more on that later). Also, there is a habit of giving long, story-like toasts with a punch line, that is often a wordplay ora joke.Although a simple “za zdarov’ye”will do aswell.Remembernot to put emptied bottle back on thetable–itsplaceisunderthetable.
  15. don’t forget to www.share.travel mexicoyoumighthavetequila & cheer saludAlthough you might be tempted to to follow the example of whatyouseeinthemoviesandmakealick-sip-suck(lickingthe salt, taking a shot, sucking a piece of lime) attempt on tequila, you shouldn’t. In Mexico you would instantly be labelled as “estúpido turista”. In order to earn local’s respect, take a neat shot of tequila. If you’re not as hardcore (it’s ok, if you’re not) takeitwithsangrita,whichisanon-alcoholicdrinkconsistingof orange, pomegranate and lime juices, chilli and some spices. Oftenthereisalsotomatojuiceinvolved,butmanylocalsstate that tomatowas nevera properingredient.What you dowith sangrita is you take a sip of it a while after taking a shot of tequila.Nowyoucansit,relaxandfeellikeatrueMexican.
  16. don’t forget to www.share.travel georgiayoumighthavechacha&cheer Gagimardschoss Chachaistraditionallyaclear,strongliquor,whichissometimes called"vinevodka","grapevodka",or"Georgianvodka/grappa". It is made of grape pomace (grape residue left after making wine).ThetermchachaisusedinGeorgiatorefertoanytype ofmoonshinemadeoffruits,thoughitmostcommonlyrefersto grape distillate. It may be also produced from unripe or wild grapes.When alcoholic drinks are served then be prepared to followtheprotocol,thetamadaortoastmaster,willpouroutthe drinks which should not be drunk until he makes a toast. It is possibletoaskpermissiontoaddtothetoast,thenyoushould drinkyourglass.Thiswillbere-filledandtheprocessrepeated.If youdonotwishtodrinksomuchjusttakeasmallsiponly.This will be accepted-you can also symbolically raise your glass at eachtoasthavingpreviouslyexplainedyoudonotdrink.
  17. don’t forget to www.share.travel chinayoumighthaveHuangjiu&cheer 干杯 (gan bei)Huangjiu (literally "yellow wine" or "yellow liquor") is a type of Chinese alcoholic beverage brewed directly from grains such as rice, millet, or wheat. Unlike baijiu, such liquors are not distilled, and contain less than 20% alcohol, due to the inhibition of fermentation by ethanol at that concentration. Huangjiu is either drunk directly after being cooled or warmed, or used in Chinese cooking. Major producers of huangjiu include mainland China and Taiwan. In China it is rude to turn down a drink that is being offered to you.To avoid drinking too much keep you glass full. To avoid being rude accept a drink the first time it is offered to you by a particular individual.The second time he offers, it is acceptable to politely say no.
  18. Hello FellowTraveller, Travel World Passport has been created by people hungry to discover the world. We have formed a web framework to save travel memories. It was born out of continuous search for inspiration.While we appreciate the satisfaction exploration brings, we have a strong conviction that the when looking for true inspiration, we often found it difficult information available online was scattered and often inaccessible. The most valuable and remarkable travel inspiration and information is available on travel blogs, but for those who do not follow them on a regular basis it is hard to keep track of. Our mission is now to gather the most valuable, relevant and useful travel content in one place, where it is indexed and easily searchable. So for those, who are not satisfied with the way travel content is being presented online our product is a web framework to save and digest travel information around the stories of real travelers. It provides the necessary inspiration and contains information to start your journey. Our belief is that travel is about the feeling and the experiences, not the place. Those thoughts and believes are reflected in all the aspects of our work. And that feeling inspires us to be free, travel and do great things. We hope it will inspire you, too. Travel World PassportTeam don’t forget to www.share.travel
  19. PhotoCredit:RobertS.DonovanviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:SarahnautviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:MarcelGermainviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:magro_krviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:schoko_chantalleviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:StuckinCustomsviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:diegofornero(destino2003)viaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:~JinHan~viaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:darkmatterviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:lapidimviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:michaelGroviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:saturn♄viaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:zsooltviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:mishamaslennikovviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:bdebacaviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:CharlesFredviaCompfightcc PhotoCredit:StuckinCustomsviaCompfightcc don’t forget to www.share.travel photo credits