By Tiffany Pizzuto @tiffanytulip_
Beverages are not only a source of hydration but are a way to satisfy your palate with or without a meal. Nothing excites me more than a refreshing or tummy-warming beverage. Read along as I investigate some of the top beverages from around the world.
Custard Apple Smoothie (Vietnam)
Custard Apple (soursop) was brought to Asia by the Philippines from South America. At Vietnamese juice bars you can find this incredibly creamy custard apple, milk, condensed milk and ice blend that is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
Api Morodo (Bolivia)
A thick, fulfilling drink consisting of purple corn, pineapple, cinnamon, cloves and orange rind. Traditionally served as a breakfast drink alongside a pastry, its taste is described as steaming hot, rich, liquid corn sugar.
Masala Chai (India, tea)
Masala Chai is a tea beverage originating in India, consisting of black tea, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and star anise, served with milk (dairy or plant-based). It is the perfect comforting drink for the early morning, and effective at easing a blocked sinus. Those with a sweet tooth can add honey or raw sugar for some natural sweetness.
Wattleseed is a native bush plant used by the Indigenous peoples of Australia for thousands of years. It is a species of acacia, highly nutritious with a unique nutty taste. Using ground wattleseed powder with steamed milk and cinnamon, it makes a caffeine-free hot beverage to start your day with.
Lemon, Lime & Bitters (Australia and New Zealand)
Refreshing drinks are a must in the Australian and New Zealand summertime. LLB has been enjoyed at the local pubs since the 1850s. It is a mixed drink with lemonade, lime cordial, Venezualan Agostura bitters and a slice of lime to garnish.
Italy’s national soda is made with myrtle-leaved orange blossom juice, it has a bittersweet, zesty and distinct taste with the addition of rhubarb and spices.
Le Chocolat Chaud (France)
This indulgent and cozy Parisian hot chocolate is perfect for cocoa lovers. Made by pouring heated milk whisked into finely chopped chocolate resulting in a thick cup of chocolate, which is then served with whipped cream.
Butterfly Blue Pea Flower Tea (Thailand and Taiwan)
Its majestic colours and fragrant floral taste is intriguing. This herbal caffeine-free tea is similar to chamomile and can be served ice cold or steaming hot. It is also served dairy free or as a latte with coconut milk. Packed with antioxidants, it is a calming experience of a drink.
Cholado – Colombia
An icy, fruit-filled sweet drink made with fresh fruit such as strawberries, papaya, kiwi, banana, pineapple and maracuya (passion fruit). Topped with condensed milk, Colombian berries, coconut and shaved ice. The aromas of the fruit combined with ice make it a refreshing go-to for the Colombian summer.
Next time you are out dining out, keep an eye out for a different drink to try. It’s not only an adventure for your taste buds but It’s a great avenue for experiencing traditional ingredients from different cultures.
Feature image: Drink in foreign flavours. Picture: Canva