35 Signature Drinks From Around the World

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South Korea: Soju

A distant cousin of China’s baijiu, this definitive Korean liquor, first produced as early as the 13th century, is made from various grains or sometimes potatoes or sweet potatoes. Unlike some other Asian spirits, it sometimes has an alcoholic content not much higher than that of wine.

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Spain: Sangria

The Spanish love their wine and beer, but the most popular and typical café drink in much of the country — for locals as well as tourists — is this refreshing wine punch. Recipes vary, but it nearly always involves red wine, often Rioja, enhanced with chopped fruit (peaches, apples, berries, etc.) and sometimes with brandy or liqueur of some kind added. Sangria made with white wine is a recent innovation that is far less common.

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Turkey: Turkish coffee

Turks love their raki, an anise-flavored liquor, and there is a growing Turkish wine scene, but the most common beverage throughout the country is coffee made in a particular way. The beans are ground to a powder and mixed with water, which is brought to a boil in a long-handled copper vessel called a cezve or ibrik. After drinking the coffee, fortune-tellers turn the cup onto a saucer and predict the future from the patterns the grounds form.

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United Kingdom: Tea

The Brits drink a lot of beer and cider, can be noted wine connoisseurs, and enjoy their gin, but the most emblematic British beverage — considered a key facet of the nation’s social culture — is tea, which is poured at regular intervals throughout the day. The U.K. is one of the world’s largest consumers of the beverage, and many of the most famous tea companies are British. “Tea” also refers to a light meal that can include pastries and finger sandwiches — accompanied, of course, by tea.

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United States: Coca-Cola

Sure, we drink all kinds of things in this country, but surveys have repeatedly shown that Coke, which dates its origins back to 1886, is our favorite beverage. The term “Coca-Cola imperialism” (or “Cocacolonization”) has even become synonymous with the globalization of American culture.

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