I have joined together with a fabulous group of multicultural bloggers to bring you 19 drinks from around the world! Travel the globe from your kitchen as you try these new textures and flavors with your kids while you quench your thirst. Click on the titles for the recipes and map your drinks, discovering a bit of the cultures who enjoy them!
It is hard to imagine a more refreshing treat than juice from the tamarind fruit, and tamarindo pops always tasted so good they almost made the heat worth it, just so we could eat more. It is similar to lemonade, in that it is a sweet drink made from a tart fruit that really hits the spot when the weather turns warm.
I thought this was fun! The trick is to pour the drinks slowly over the ice so they don’t mix. Also layer in order of the drink with the most sugar. The most sugar goes at the bottom, next layer less sugar, top layer least sugar. I used Cranberry juice, Blue Gatorade, and diet Ginger Ale.
People drink tea at all times of day. It accompanies breakfast, it’s a snack, it’s served when guests come, it’s for after lunch and after dinner. Every occasion is a time for tea.
Happy Lemon is a fast food like drink spot that originated in Hong Kong, and is now found throughout China, and different parts of Asia. It’s very popular, with people lining up for their drinks, and in particular, the cocoa drink with its famous salty cheese topping.
Spanish for “fresh water,” an agua fresca drink is simply the combination of pureed fruit, water, some sugar, and a little lime. And in the Mexican heat, soooo refreshing!
In patisseries (cookie shops) all over Morocco there are plates stacked high with small cookies of dozens of shapes. There is also a menu offering smoothies, tea and coffee…
Spris are layered drinks, of pureed fruit: avocado, mango and papaya are the most common. These drinks are easy to make, super healthy and packed with antioxidants, and bring a little piece of Ethiopia to your own backyard.
Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices there is.
One favorite drink at home is Cinnamon Tea or “Agua de Canela,” the way we call it in Bolivia. It is really easy to make, and your kids will love the mild “spice” of the cinnamon.
Kisiel (or kissel, you can read more about it here) is a drink made with fruit, sugar and potato starch or maizena. The texture is somewhere between juice and jello, you can drink it, but you have to slurp it. I liked it as a child and found that it is extremely easy to make kisiel at home.
The piña colada [...is] just as delicious. It’s like having a slushy explosion in your mouth from the sweetness of the pineapple and coconut! Oh so sweet, and delicious. It’s also so refreshing during the summer or any other time.
The essential ingredient in boba tea (which doesn’t even necessarily need actual tea!) is tapioca (粉圓 fenyuan), which is processed into chewy balls that are often called “pearls.”
Lemonade is one of my kids’ favorite summer treats and blueberries are a natural accompaniment.
An added cultural note: did you know blueberries are indigenous to North America?
Costa Rica is a lush paradise where tropical fruit thrives: pineapples, bananas, mangos, maracuyás, guayabas, coconut, cas, etc. Making these easy, super-healthy batidos at home brings a little bit of Costa Rica to your kitchen.
In the South, summer means sitting on the porch swing and cooling off with a tall glass of iced tea, more properly known as “sweet tea.” Here are 10 ways to make and enjoy your sweet tea!
Chias are a tiny seed from Mexico and the southwest US that were used by the Aztecs and Mayans since 1000 BC. Many of these ancient grains have been recently discovered to be super-foods, packed with antioxidants and other health benefits. In Mexico, people enjoy chia seeds in aguas frescas (such as lemonade) especially for healthy digestion, as a detox agent, and to stabilize blood sugar.
Homemade root beer is always a sign of a special occasion at our house, but there’s just something about fall and Halloween that makes this brew especially exciting. The magic (and the science) is in the dry ice.
I know almost every country has their own version of this. In France, “compote” is fruit mousse. In Germany, there is “Kompott” that can also be eaten. In Poland, kompot is homemade fruit juice with fruit inside (see more about it here). It can be made from all kinds of fruit, including dry fruit.
This traditional British drink is similar to root beer, but made from the roots of dandelion and burdock. The earliest record of the drink is from c. 1265, from an account of St. Thomas Aquinas!
MILO was first showcased in 1934 at the Sydney Royal Easter show, as a response to the Depression, and children’s lack of nutrition due to poverty. This healthy version contains sunflower, pumpkin, flax, and chia seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, and cacao!
What are your favorite drinks from childhood? Let us know in the comments the name of the drink and where you grew up!:)