Savoring the exotic tastes of fine wine and liquors abroad makes for any good reason to travel. Often, it is forgotten that many travelers are not able to drink, or prefer not to have an alcoholic beverage. Many countries around the world are well known for their unique beverages that are worth a taste without getting drunk.

Argentine Mate
Argentine Mate (Flickr: ANOXLOU)

Being served a traditional mate drink in Argentina is not only something a tourist should do, but it is a traditional experience. Mate is served with a metal straw in a hollow bowl; infused with the herbs of the yerba mate leaves that are chopped and grinded into a mixture called yerba. The straw, or the bombilla, has a submerged end with small holes which allow the brewed liquid in. Argentines are very particular about drinking mate; once it is properly set up, the straw should not be moved . It is traditional in a social setting to pass the drink along to others after a sip. The brew itself is very good for the body with many anti-oxidants and safe caffeine levels for a boost of energy.


German Apfelschorle
German Apfelschorle (Flickr: su-lin)

If you’re looking from a break from all the great varieties of German beers and liquors, Apfelschorle is a popular German soft drink you can find anywhere. It consists of carbonated mineral water and apple juice. It has fewer calories and is less sweet than apple juice, which makes it a delicious treat for young children. It is especially popular in the summer; a great way to stay hydrated during a hot summer in Germany.

Japanese Aojiru
Japanese Aojiru (Flickr: Nemo's great uncle)

If there is any culture that knows a thing or two about green and healthy drinks, it would be the Japanese. Aojiru, which is a green drink, is a popular Japanese vegetable drink, consisting mostly of kale. It was developed during World War II by an army doctor looking for a wartime diet drink. He claims it cured his son of pneumonia and his wife of nephritis. Despite the far fetched claims, it markets well over $500 million a year. Let it be known it is not the best tasting drink, but a traditional drink worth trying.

Mexican Cafe de Olla

Sometimes what makes a drink unique is how it is actually prepared. Coffee is a simple international beverage that is familiar with anyone looking to start their day with a cup of Joe. Traditionally, Mexicans prepare Cafe de Olla unusually, but it is to be enjoyed leisurely. It is a sweet coffee drink made with coffee and cloves. You boil water in a saucepan then add cinnamon, cloves, sugar and chocolate. Once it comes to a boil, remove the foam and simmer to add coffee. Steep for five minutes and voila! You now have a delicious cup of Cafe de Olla.

Peruvian Chicha Morada
Peruvian Chicha Morada (Flickr: Teresa Stanton)
When you first hear about the ingredients in a Peruvian Chicha drink, it may seem a little strange. Chicha is a fermented beverage of purple maize, or corn. Traditionally, the Inca diet was dominated by corn; which is why they derived the drink. It was typically not consumed until after people had eaten. Today, Chicha Morada is made with purple corn, pineapple, cinnamon, and cloves, which gives it a sharp and fruity taste.

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