Humans are innovative beings.
Living together for long periods of time can create special community and culture.
Today, we explore the magical drinks found in these different cultures.
Puerto Rico – Malt is a non-alcoholic soft drink similar to beer in that it’s brewed from barley, hops, and water, but is renowned for its distinctive taste. Many say it’s tough the first time you taste it, citrus, spicy, and a floral after taste. The consistency is also very unique. The joke is that it’s a kin to eating a sandwich from a bottle.
Japan – Amazake is a sweet non-alcohol Japanese drink made from fermented rice. It can be used as an alcohol-free base for sake, but is also a great source of Vitamin B5, and knick-named the “drinkable IV drip fluid” to cure hangovers. It is a thick milky syrup and is usually mixed with hot water.
Brazil – Yerba mate is a hot herbal drink, filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and natural caffein. The assembly of the drink is very simple, take the herbs, fill a gourd half full, then tip it side ways so all the leaves move to one side and fill it with hot water. Once you’ve drunk the water you can continue refilling it with water. The straw also has an attached filter at the end, so no small herbs are consumed, which I think is brilliant.
Celebrate the uniqueness found on this planet we’re lucky to inhabit.