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Which country has the best alcoholic beverage?
14 years ago, August 20th 2006 No: 1 Msg: #7108  
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Best taste, best value, most toxic????? And any other criteria anyone might like to add. Reply to this

14 years ago, August 20th 2006 No: 2 Msg: #7110  
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If your talking beer, you can't go past the following countries, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium and Australia. Yet perhaps one of my favourite beers is Peroni from Italy. However for decent beer at a killer price you can't go past Laos and thier Beerlao, Cambodia with the Angkor or Indonesia with Bintang. You can pick these up for next to nothing and in the South East Asian heat, it goes down very nice.
I have always found for the best spirits head to the source. For Rum head to Jamaica, Tequila in Mexico, Scotch in Scotland and Vodka is great in Russia but also worth a note for Vodka is Poland.
Speaking of which, if you after a mind blower, some of Poland's Vodka has got a nice kick to it. When in some southern states of the USA, some of the locals brew moonshine which will literally strip paint off walls.

I have always believed that doesn't matter where you are in the world (except obviously Saudi Arabia and other strict muslim countries) there will be some local drink that hasn't reached international fame and you feel like your the "discoverer" In my opinion thats some of the best drink you can have. Reply to this

14 years ago, August 21st 2006 No: 3 Msg: #7116  
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I agree with nomad. The tequila is much better in Mexico. Jose Cuervo seems to be the dominant tequila choice in Canada and its at the bottom of the barrel in Mexico. I had no idea that the good stuff is smooth and doesn't burn on the way down!
ok, maybe mulled wine is not a specialty of Italy but I had the best mulled wine in a little town called Cortona. Reply to this

14 years ago, August 31st 2006 No: 4 Msg: #7291  
Yes I agree with everything, for Tequila hit Mexico, Vodka poland and russia are your ticket. But you forgot Gin&Tonic you should go to London,England. The best Gins Tanqueray and Beefeater. Oh and Odviously if you like Guinessee than Ireland. Reply to this

14 years ago, September 15th 2006 No: 5 Msg: #7499  
well of course europe is famous for absenth... but i absoluetly LOVE strongbow. I turned a lot of people into the drink too on my Contiki vacation!!

I had a lot of other good drinks... KIR from Paris. I drank wayyyy too much of it and definetly dont remember going to the Moulon Rouge... hahaha oops because I really wanted to see it! You can read the whole funny story here: http://katedoescontiki.blogspot.com/ Reply to this

14 years ago, October 2nd 2006 No: 6 Msg: #7675  
I agree with The Nomad. The best beer I have ever tasted is Lao beer. The best wine I ever tasted was a 1945 Chateau Lafite made by the Rothschilds in France. Reply to this

14 years ago, November 29th 2006 No: 7 Msg: #8852  
Prague's lethal mix of Absinth and Red Bull..... ahhh bliss! Reply to this

14 years ago, December 1st 2006 No: 8 Msg: #8874  
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The indigenous cultures of Bornean Malaysia have tuak (rice wine) that is really good! Just watch yourself with their arak (rice liquor) as it can be very potent.

Both Peru and Chile claim their national drink is Pisco Sour--pisco (grape brandy), lemon juice, raw egg whites, and cane sugar. Many hot debates occur between nationals of both countries as to who was the originator and perfecter. Personally, I couldn't tell much difference between the two...

Cheers! Reply to this

14 years ago, December 1st 2006 No: 9 Msg: #8875  
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Ewwww, arak! In Bali they put this in Jungle Juice and Jam Jars, Jungle Juice comes in the equivalent of a yard glass for about $4.00 Australian and Jam Jars are served in a fish bowl. The worst hangover I have ever had!! Much better sticking to the 1 buck Bintang!! Reply to this

14 years ago, December 2nd 2006 No: 10 Msg: #8894  
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I've never had Indonesian arak, but in devout Islamic Aceh (Sumatra, Indonesia) I met many friendly locals who said, "I'm not allowed to drink alcohol, so instead I smoke." I thought that was really funny...


...some Sumatra photos: Sumatra.
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14 years ago, December 2nd 2006 No: 11 Msg: #8899  
When we come to drinks I think we should give up the exotic and stick to Europe, guys..., maybe accepting some variations like Pisco Sour in Chile and Peru, Tequila and Rum. I mean, we should start with the basics before trying arak, chang or vietnamese snakish rice wine. And the basic, the quintessential cocktail, the magic nectar is: NEGRONI! The correct recipe: a slice of orange at the bottom of a whisky glass, ice cubes to the brim, 4 drops of angostura, 40 % of gin, 30 % of red vermouth and 30 % bitter Campari, poured last until the colour brights up. 1 negroni, life is good; 2 negronis: no problems in life; 3 negronis: what is life?
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14 years ago, December 6th 2006 No: 12 Msg: #8961  
Its got to be Beer Lao, its cheap, comes in the size of wine bottles, come on you've only got to see the amount of travellers with Beer Lao t shirts to know its true! Reply to this

14 years ago, December 8th 2006 No: 13 Msg: #9012  
Best different beverage has got to be a piscolita!! Pisco and Coke! In Chile.... God I miss it Reply to this

14 years ago, December 8th 2006 No: 14 Msg: #9037  
imho Thai " Chang" beer is simply the best.Loved up and smashed for about 3 quid!!!!!!!!!1 Reply to this

14 years ago, December 12th 2006 No: 15 Msg: #9127  
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What is your favorite drink, Amy? Try anything interesting in Japan? Reply to this

14 years ago, December 13th 2006 No: 16 Msg: #9158  
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Well the traditional drop is of course sake- rice wine or shochu- sweet potato wine, which is drunk both hot and cold. Shochu is served in a mug with a slice of orange or lemon. Cant say its something i enjoy, tho the bus drivers and our boss drink it by the bucketload and swear that it doesnt give you a hangover. You can also buy shochu in mix cans which are a lot better, like lolly water- but the no hangover effect is definitley lost.

They also love Cassis liqueur over here, and 'sours' which come in all different flavours and are yummy. A potent combination is cassis, vodka and lemonade, guaranteed to get the party started!!

All this being said my drink of choice in Kahlua, milk and ice. You cant go wrong. In fact, i might have one right now.

Kampeii!! Reply to this

14 years ago, December 14th 2006 No: 17 Msg: #9199  
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I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so Reply to this

14 years ago, January 7th 2007 No: 18 Msg: #9696  
I managed through the Beer Lao, Chang and Angkor of South East Asia, the Absynthe, Pilsner, and Mulled Wine of Czech Republic and the Goon Wines of Australia and New Zealand; but since I've been home, the only liquor that I really miss and wish I could get in Canada is the Spiced Vodka of Poland. It almost has the taste of Jagermeister, except seems to go down much smother. "Nazdrovia!" Reply to this

14 years ago, January 18th 2007 No: 19 Msg: #10001  
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Beer: Belgium, Germany, U.K., Czech Republic, and microbreweries of the U.S.A. I also had some surprisingly good beer in Argentina (of all places) back in November at Cerveceria El Bolson.
Whisky: Scotland
Whiskey: U.S.A.
Vodka: Russia
Rum: Nicaragua (Flor de Cana)
Wine: Italy, France, Australia, U.S.A. (but the good stuff tends to be over-priced), Chile (you can get good Chilean wine for $7-$8 in the U.S. and $2-$3 in Chile) and Argentina (Malbec is proof that God loves us and wishes for us to be happy!!!!)
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14 years ago, January 18th 2007 No: 20 Msg: #10031  
I don't think that I have ever hated an alcoholic beverage that I have been served or bought, and I enjoy drinking almost anything. The most memorable (due to the atmosphere, personal state at the time, or any other factor) are: makali from Korea, aguardiente Antioqueno from Colombia, and Victoria beer from Mexico. Reply to this

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