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  • OsvaL

    Complementing the info you have about the Argentinian mate there is also the same mate beverage but served cold called Tereré. It's a typical drink from Paraguay and is brewed in a hollow cow horn previously cleaned and handcrafted with silver details named guampa. It's also consumed using a metal straw called bombilla.

    • Martin Fierro

      Don’t forget about Mate Cocido. Its mate served just like any other tea. everybody gets their own cup.

  • Gadfly22

    Two problems:

    1. Unless there is some confusion with international standards, percentage of alcohol is one-half the "proof". So the cachaca — in order to be as potent as the apparent claim — would have to be 48% alcohol and therefore 96 proof. Strong, but not approaching the 190 proof (95% alcohol) of something like Everclear. "Percent proof" is just a confusing term.

    2. Ethanol — the drinkable alcohol — isn't the cause of blindness from poorly made alcohol. Blindness may be the result of drinking methanol (wood alcohol), which unscrupulous or stupid people might market as drinkable. Likewise isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol may kill you — or, if it has methanol added to it (as if may) lead to blindness.

  • Terry Bigham

    Aren’t you confusing Picasso with Vincent Van Gogh? Vincent cut his earlobe off after a tiff with Paul Gauguin.

    • Thanks, Terry. I have corrected the mistake. From Wikipedia: "Most of his best-known works were produced in the final two years of his life, during which time he cut off part of his left ear following a breakdown in his friendship with Paul Gauguin."


    This list reminds me of the Monty Python skit on Australian wines – one is good for fighting, while another is good for opening the sluices at both ends…

    BTW where is Southern Comfort, the unofficial national beverage of modern-day Confederates (a.k.a., rednecks)?

    Or Scotch Whiskey from Canada, I mean, Scotland?

    Or fermented yak urine from Nepal or Mongolia or wherever?

    • WingCommander

      Or Jagermeister 🙂

  • outmind

    You made a partial mistake with the raki(j)a. First of all, it isn't solely Bulgarian – Croats, Serbs and bosnians produce it as well. Second, the picture shown here is that of a CROATIAN rakija made by the CROATIAN company Maraska. So get your story straight in the future please.

    • outmind, we write on a variety of subjects and sometime we make mistakes. We do value our reader's input and will make corrections when we are notified. Thanks for helping us keep this site more accurate and fun.

      • gubi

        then correct the mistake!!!!

  • me

    maybe you should look better at the label on sljivovica…it is produced in Zadar – Croatia…

    sljivovica is a "former yugoslavia" brand…

  • Ack! Someone please send me the right photo. I will publish it.

  • disturbia

    What,no romanian Palinka?Try it once,you'll know what I mean;)

    • gubi

      palinka is not rumanian! its Hungarian!

  • z3r0-c0d3r

    Anyone heard of Sri Lankan Arrack? or the Indonesian AraK

  • markooooo

    Bulgarian rakia!!!!!!!!!???????????

    IT'S SERBIAN national drink, oooo come on!!!!!!!!??????

    • gubi

      thanks brother

    • I know


    • Stanislav

      It was all BULGARIA when it was invented so your argument is invalid…

  • aztec

    hi there

    I suggest you do more research Master. (?)

    I am mexican and what we -sometimes- have with the tequila is the -s a n g r i t a- not sangria (that is a completely different drink made with red wine!)

    Second: Is to have tequila sipped (not in 1 shot like most of americans think) and 90% of the cases with lemon and salt.

    Conclusion: is not a ''westerners'' preference, but a typical mexican tradition.

    and.. can you define your term "westerners" ?

  • Tony
  • Rakaziel

    You forgot the Stroh rum from Austria. It can have up to 80% alcohol content.

  • Milan


    Just to clear something up – rakia (or, more properly rakija, raki-ya) is centuries old (where did you find that post-WWII Bulgarian moonshine nonsense?) and bottle you have on the picture is Serbian slivovitz.

    You may go with the politically correct option and write that rakia is everybody's national beverage on the Balkans. Truth on who distilled it first is likely lost in the past centuries. Modern claims on origin all come down to vanity-prestige-commercialization.

    If you ask me (better check it with someone more credible), rakija came to Balkans along with the Ottoman conquests in 14/15th century – as Muslims, they were not allowed to drink wine and distilling fermented fruit was a workaround that everybody liked, regardless of religion.

  • Edward

    You missed out on Australia and Inner Circle Rum. You could get Triple OP which was about 70%. It would evaporate off your lips when you sipped it. Six of us could party the whole weekend on one bottle. I don't think you can get it anymore. I think you can still get Double OP though.

  • Jessica

    The right nickname for Brazilian cachaca is "agua ardente" and not "agudente".

  • Kane Parker

    on number 6, it says that black market versions of Russian vodka are associated with death and blindness due to it being a mixture of water and ethanol, but blindness and death are usually associated with lead poisoning, due to poor construction of the still.

  • El Nono

    Hi, first a correction.
    Absinthe is swiss, from the “Val-de-Travers” in canton Neuchatel. No discussion on that.

    Second, a missing one in your list: Caribean rum.
    Rum is one of the most sold spirit in the world and Bacardi is the 3rd spirit most sold worldwide so definitely should make the list.

    • Thanks for the great addition. How could we forget rum?

  • snowboy

    Ohhh.. ????? is traditionaly BULGARIAN drink … Other countries steal that drink from us, like all time..Its not the first time that Serbia steal something from us, like food, drink etc…

  • Lachlan

    75% absinthe is “the original head-spinner” ? I’ve got a bottle of 72% absinthe at home which doesn’t sound a million miles away from 75% !

  • Lola

    Actually Vodka is Polish not Russian

  • Vivk

    link for pic of Bulgarian rakia . . . .

  • Vick

    Also, this is what wikipedia says about rakia’s origins and beginnings
    ” It was believed that rakia was first created in the 16th century in the Balkans, the location unknown, but the recent discovery of wording on on a sherd of pottery (?? ??? ?????? ?? ???????? – I drank rakinja at the celebration (rakinja being the old word for rakia) indicates its presence in 14th century Bulgaria. This discovery may strengthen the case for rakia’s Bulgarian origins and allow its designation by the European Union as a national drink, with a consequent allowance to lower excise duty domestically”

    So I guess its the 14th century