The idea for this article came to me while drinking Canada's greatest cocktail, the Caesar. If any of you just said "whoa now, Chris, that's a Bloody Mary isn't it?!" No it's not, and don't make that mistake again. The Caesar is a magical concoction that originated in Calgary, Alberta, Canada back in the late 1960s. While the Bloody Mary is generally a cocktail made with tomato juice, vodka, spices, hot sauce and similar ingredients, the Caesar is a similar, but significantly different beast. Clamato is the main mix. This is of course, tomato juice mixed with clam juice. Vodka is step two, followed by about four dashes of Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, pepper, sometimes horseradish, a lime wedge, a stalk of celery and a glass that has been rimmed with celery salt.
The Caesar is found virtually everywhere in Canada, but much like our national dish, poutine, ask for it elsewhere and the bartender or server might just laugh. But as I was in the midst of one of these fine drinks, it hit me, there have got to be some wacky mixes that people drink around the world. There is no way that the Caesar is as interesting as the world of booze gets.
So with that in mind, here is our list of crazy, interesting, weird and delicious cocktails from around the world. These will vary between the most popular in a city or country, to awesome, rare drinks that can only be found in a single bar.
10 Chapman - Enugu, Nigeria
Didn't expect to see a Nigerian coal mining city, Enugu on here did you? Well, we decided to start off with this one for that exact reason; who thinks of a place like this when they think of interesting, delicious drinks that pack a punch?
9 Krambambula - Belarus (Eastern Europe in General)
8 Fiery Empress - Singapore
7 Dawa - Kenya
6 Kachumber Cooler - India
5 Stir-Fried - Siem Reap, Cambodia
This drink was first created at the Park Hyatt hotel in Siem Reap, and has become popular in the area. So after the awe-inspiring experience of Angkor Watt, the ancient city in Siem Reap, this may just be the best drink that can top off an amazing day. Some of the ingredients are hard to come by but this cocktail is worth it.
4 Tej/Tej Cocktail - Ethiopia/Toronto, Canada
Ages ago, someone asked me the question, "have you ever tried Ethiopian food?" My answer was "no" and his joke ended "neither have they". It was a childish joke mocking poverty and malnutrition in Africa, but I'll admit, I chuckled. Later on, someone asked me the same question, and when I said no, they said that simplified dinner plans. Ethiopian food is delicious, and combines simmered, marinated meats with pancake-like bread called "injera", which is used to pick up the food and eat.
Tej is halfway between a cocktail and a fermented liquor in its own rite, and goes great with food or just to attain a buzz. It's essentially mead (honey wine) with some gesho leaves which act like hops to offer extra flavor and some preservative properties.
3 Fjellbekk - Norway
2 More Tea, Vicar? - Cape Town, South Africa
1 Mama Juana - Dominican Republic
It's hard to say whether one can classify a Mama Juana as a true cocktail, but for our purposes, it sure is. When you let dark rum, red wine, honey, to soak tree bark and around ten herbs (there are different recipes) in a bottle, you get Mama Juana. This Dominican drink is considered to not just pack a buzz, but also help with overall health (provided you don't drink three bottles per day). It has been said that this stuff tastes like sweet port wine with distinct flavors depending on what herbs and tree bark are in the mix. It is sold pre-mixed in shops and can also be concocted in one's home.
Sources: thrillist.com, businessinsider.com, travelchannel.com, cnn.com
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheRichest?Get Your Free Access Now!