Many of us know that Bourbon is the national spirit of the United States, but how much do you know about the national spirit of other countries? You may probably guess Vodka as the national spirit of Russia, and Tequila as that of Mexico; however, many of the national spirits of other countries might be unknown to you. So, if you were looking to grow your expertise in the liquor products arena, below is a list of a few national spirits of foreign countries.
Cachaca is the national spirit of Brazil; however, Brazilians use more than 2000 nicknames for this exceptional drink. Eyewash, giver of laugh, white coffee, and “water that birds won’t drink”, are a few of the common local nicknames, but the drink is globally known as Cachaca. Cachaca is made from sugarcane and it is served in an old fashioned glass with ice, sugar, and lime wedges.
Almost all of us have tried Rum at least once, but the fact that Rum is the national spirit of Barbados is not known to many. Moreover, not many of us know that this alcoholic product also has a lot of local nicknames, such as Kill-devil, Nelson’s blood, demon water, navy neaters, Barbados water, and grog. What’s more, Barbados natives highly recommend Rum with ice and ginger.
Gin is another popular alcoholic product that is abundantly available in the US. However, only some of us are aware of the fact that Gin is considered as the national spirit of England. An interesting fact about this drink is that English workers used to receive Gin as a part of their wages back in the 18th century. No matter where it originated from, Gin lovers highly recommend the drink with ice, lemon slice, and tonic water.
Guaro is the national spirit of Costa Rica. This alcoholic product was manufactured as moonshine before the government legalized its production back in the year 1851. Sugarcane is used for the preparation of Guaro, and it is served in a copita glass with either soda or fruit juice.
Rakija is regarded the national spirit of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The natives from this region claim that this drink is capable of curing toothache, common cold, and indigestion problems. Distilled fruit is used for the preparation of Rakija and it is served in cokanje.