Drinks

Drinks

Scandinavian Kaffeost

Like Swedish lovers canoodling in a hot tub overlooking the frozen lakes of northern Scandinavia, kaffeost, or “coffee cheese,” bobs luxuriously in its hot coffee bath. The dried cheese, called juustoleipä (sometimes leipäjuusto or just juusto), absorbs the steaming brew, softening without melting, like a rich, moist cheese sponge. Though it may be an unlikely pairing to some palates, among the …

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Amarula Cream Liqueur

Rich and silky on the tongue, Amarula cream is a South African liqueur that blends fermented and distilled marula fruit with cream and sugar to make a sweet, butterscotch-flavored drink. A sweet and nutty liqueur made with the fruit of the “elephant tree.” The marula fruit, a yellow bulb housing tart, white pulp, is also …

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Fried Beer

You receive a plate of fried, ravioli-shaped dough with a dark filling. You take a bite expecting meat and are met with the flavor of warm, rich stout. Welcome to the world of fried beer. Fried beer is the brainchild of Mark Zable, who debuted his creation at the Texas State Fair in 2010 and …

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France’s new Blue Wine

You’ve definitely heard of rosé, and maybe you’ve even tried Portugal’s vinho verde (green wine) or even the curiously-amber orange wine. But these days, people are dipping their toes into a whole new wine color: pool water–tinted blue wine. Recently, one brand of the wine is taking the plunge in France. The cleverly-named Vindigo has debuted in …

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Yuenyeung

In Hong Kong’s cafes and diner-like cha chaan tengs, an unusual drink stands out. For one thing, it’s called yuenyeung or yuanyang, which means “mandarin duck.” But rest assured that no duck makes its way into the creamy brown drink in your cup. Instead, the name is a poetic reference. Mandarin ducks are known to mate for life, and in yuenyeung, both …

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Tiki Bar culture

If you’re familiar with tiki cocktails, you’ve probably heard a tale or two about the Zombie. With a reputation similar to Long Island Iced Tea, Zombies are one of the most alcoholic concoctions in the faux-tropical world. But for decades, no one except their inventor knew what was in one. Donn Beach invented the Zombie …

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How Georgia’s Winemakers Went Underground to Survive Soviet Occupation

The world’s most ancient winemaking culture almost disappeared. A selection of qvevri stand at the ready. EMILY RAILSBACK FOR OUR BLOOD IS WINE WHEN ILLIA KIKNAVELIDZE MADE WINE in the Republic of Georgia, he had to lower his entire body into human-sized clay pots, called qvevri, that were buried underground. Using the rough bark of …

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Lambanog

We can thank coconuts for this lesser-known tropical moonshine. Mexicans make tequila with agave. The Japanese make sake from rice. Filipinos make lambanog from coconuts. Though other liquors of distinct regional origin are household names, this lesser-known tropical moonshine is also in a class of its own. And drinkers know the power of the clear, …

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Black Ivory Coffee

There’s an elephant in the room when it comes to the world’s most expensive brew. Coffee pooped out by the palm civet was once the most expensive cup of joe in the world. But after unethical harvesting practices compromised the civet-based market, a fledgling producer turned to a different species that also munches on coffee beans. Rescued …

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T’ej

Ethiopian honey wine is sweet, funky, and perfect with injera. Ethiopia’s claim to fame as one of the only two African nations (Liberia being the other) that were never colonized by a European power is only challenged by one small period: the Italian occupation. The Italian influence on Ethiopia is profound—from injera with spaghetti to …

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US Army algorithm determines ideal caffeine dosage patterns

The US Army has developed an algorithm that can optimize your caffeine consumption to maximize alertness when experiencing sleep loss(Credit: belchonock/Depositphotos) How many cups of coffee do you have a day? It’s not a stretch to say that caffeine is the world’s most popular drug. A recent study found that 85 percent of American adults consume …

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