Drinks (Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic) – A to Z



Amaretto

Amaretto is a sweet, almond-flavoured, Italian liqueur. It is made from a base of apricot pits or almonds, sometimes both.

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Amazake

Amazake can be used as a dessert, snack, natural sweetening agent, baby food, salad dressing or smoothie. The traditional drink was popular with street vendors, and it is still served at inns, tea-houses, and at festivals.

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Ayran

Ayran is a cold yoghurt beverage mixed with salt. In addition to Turkey, where it is considered a national drink, ayran is found in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and across the Caucasus.

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Clamato Juice

Clamato is a drink made of reconstituted tomato juice concentrate flavoured with spices and clam broth.

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Index – Drinks (Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic)

This is the sub-index for the drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) that we have listed in the glossary.

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Kirschwasser

A kirschwasser (German for “cherry water”) or kirsch is a clear, colourless fruit brandy traditionally made from double distillation of morello cherries, a dark-coloured cultivar of the sour cherry. However, it is now also made from other kinds of cherries.

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Matcha

Matcha, also maccha, refers to finely milled or fine powder green tea. The Japanese tea ceremony centres on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha.

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Ouzo

In modern Greece, ouzeries can be found in nearly all cities, towns, and villages. These cafe-like establishments serve ouzo with mezedes — appetizers such as octopus, salad, sardines, calamari, fried zucchini, and clams, among others.

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Palm Wine

Palm wine, also called palm toddy, kallu, or simply toddy, is an alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, and coconut palms. This drink is common in various parts of Asia and Africa, and goes by various names.

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Rice Wine

Rice wine is an alcoholic beverage made from rice. Unlike true wine, which is made by fermentation of naturally sweet grapes and other fruit, rice wine is made from the fermentation of rice starch converted to sugars.

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Sidra Asturiana – Asturian Cider

Sidra or Cider, is the traditional drink of Asturias. It is made from locally-grown apples in Asturias and has been produced there since ancient times.

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Slivovitz

Slivovitz or Slivovitsa is a distilled beverage made from Damson plums. It is frequently called plum brandy, and in the Balkans is part of the category of drinks called rakia.

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Tequila

Tequila is a regional specific name for a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 km northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the north western Mexican state of Jalisco.

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Thai Iced Tea

Thai tea (also known as Thai iced tea) or “cha-yen” (Thai language: ชาเย็น, lit. “cold tea”) in Thailand, is a drink made from strongly-brewed ceylon tea. However, due to ceylon tea’s high price, plain black tea with added food coloring is commonly used. Other ingredients may include added orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind seed or red and yellow food colouring, and sometimes other spices as well.

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Toso

Toso is drunk to flush away the previous year’s maladies and to aspire to lead a long life. For generations it has been said that “if one person drinks this his family will not fall ill; if the whole family does no-one in the village will fall ill”, and has been a staple part of New Year’s osechi cuisine in Japan.

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