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  • 3 May 2010
  • 12:08pm
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Drinks and the city

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Travelling and liquid refreshments go together like gin and tonic. Also, trying the local liquids is usually cheaper, and almost always more interesting than getting an international brand.

To this end we asked our traveller community on Twitter and Facebook this question:

Can you name a city and a local drink that one should drink there? E.g. Singapore: Singapore Sling.

Over 800 people replied.

Here is a sample of their suggestions:



  • @RunawayJuno suggests Soju in Seoul.
  • @ti2n suggests teh poci gula batu (hot java tea served with stone-sugar in a special teapot) when in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • @iya_indira suggests a refreshing drink called sinom, made from young tamarind leaves, palm sugar & herbs when in Surabaya, Indonesia.
  • Nisha Jha suggests bhang when in Mathura, India.


What do you recommend? What drink is the perfect match for a particular city? Share your picks below, or join in the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.

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  1. May 8, 2010 gchk Report this comment

    Tequila in Tequila

  2. May 8, 2010 islandboi321 Report this comment

    Calgary for Caesars.

  3. May 8, 2010 thewomanwho Report this comment

    Broon Ale in Newcastle

  4. May 8, 2010 rachmurph Report this comment

    Hot chocolate with a shot of rum in Salzburg – yum yum!

  5. May 9, 2010 placemix Report this comment

    Mate in Buenos Aires

  6. May 9, 2010 tjabemerah Report this comment

    Tuak Putih,in Karang Ujung,Ampenan – Lombok.

  7. May 10, 2010 ramie Report this comment

    Lambanog in the Philippines

  8. May 10, 2010 nowornever Report this comment

    viennese ice coffee in vienna
    caipirinha in brazil
    cuba libre in cuba

  9. May 10, 2010 lenamt2000 Report this comment

    oh my gold

  10. May 11, 2010 marja1984 Report this comment

    After a very bad experience with methanol poisoned alcohol in Indonesia, I am quite scared about drinking local spirits…

  11. May 11, 2010 akimbo76 Report this comment

    Hot chocolate in Amsterdam

  12. May 11, 2010 lunas Report this comment

    Tequila, in Guadalajara Mexico. This incredible reviews the link

  13. May 11, 2010 laurenbutterfly Report this comment

    caipilaos, made with the liquor Laos Laos in Laos!

    and the ubiquitous bucket anywhere in Thailand!

  14. May 12, 2010 ouchcomics Report this comment

    Hot tea with mint leaves in Cairo.

  15. May 29, 2010 diskodolly Report this comment

    Gin in London or anywhere

  16. June 8, 2010 spr_21 Report this comment

    Surely a Guinnes in Dublin should be in the list!

  17. June 15, 2010 redjelly Report this comment

    A homemade mojito in Havana (the best kind!)

  18. June 21, 2010 jonathanrhall Report this comment

    A Schümli Pflümli in Zermatt, Switzerland; Pimm’s lemonade in London in the summer and a Spritz (not a Bellini) in Venice.