Ireland: Guinness Stout
Irish whiskey is becoming more and more popular around the world, and new distilleries are appearing all the time in Ireland. But the country’s best-selling alcoholic drink is this famous stout — first brewed in Dublin in 1759. Filling a glass with it properly from a tap is considered an art form.
Wine is made in at least 70 countries around the world, from Armenia to Zimbabwe, but Italy produces more than anyone else, handily outpacing runners-up Spain and France. Wine is made in every one of the country’s 20 regions, from the Alps almost to North Africa. Grapevines grow so abundantly there that the Greeks dubbed the peninsula Oenotria — the land of wine.
Japan: Green tea
Japan is the second-largest consumer of green tea in the world, after only China. About 80,000 tons of green tea leaves — which haven’t been dried and oxidized like those for black and oolong teas — are brewed in the country every year, and the rituals of the Japanese tea ceremony are an indelible part of the country’s culture.
In effect the national soft drink in this small island nation, Kinnie is a carbonated beverage made with bitter orange juice flavored with wormwood (an herb best known as an ingredient in absinthe). It was introduced by a local food and beverage company in 1952 to compete with Coca-Cola.
Martinique: Rhum agricole
Distilled from fermented sugarcane juice (like Brazil’s cachaça) instead of molasses like most rum, rhum agricole — literally “agricultural rum” — is the signature alcoholic drink of the French-owned island of Martinique (and nearby Guadeloupe). Granted an appellation d’origine contrôlée certification by the French government, just like some of France’s wines, it is often aged to become a superior sipping spirit like cognac.
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