Sometimes, it’s nice to try new foods and expand from your usual palette. If you’re looking for refreshing new beverages to try, then take a good look at this list of drink recipes you probably have never heard of. There are a variety of drinks out there, so take a look at this small sample of some of the most rare and unfound versions. You won’t regret trying any of these fantastic drinks!
1) Qamar Al-Din
This drink originates from the Middle East, normally drunk during the month of Ramadan. This beverage is comprised of apricots, and known to be thick and sweet. To make Qamar Al-Din, you’ll need a package of apricot leather, which can be purchased in packages, some specifically made for Qamar Al-Din, or it can be made at home. You’ll also need 3 cups of water and 1/3 cup of sugar. To begin, you will want to cut your apricot leather into small cubes, and place them into a deep bowl. You’ll then submerge them in water, cover the bowl, and leave them in the fridge to soak overnight. Then, pour your water, apricots, and sugar into a blender. Blend it all until smooth. You can dilute it with more water if you wish, but otherwise, your Qamar Al-Din is ready for drinking!
The Caipirinha is a famous cocktail from Brazil. To make this fruity drink, you will need a half of a lime, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and 2 ounces of cachaça, a Brazilian sugarcane spirit. You should cut your lime into wedges, and place them into a cup along with your sugar. Muddle these well, and top off with cachaça. Feel free to add garnish with a slice of lime, and try not to drink this cocktail too fast!
Genmai-cha is a brown rice-based tea from Japan. It is sometimes called “popcorn tea”, since in making it, some rice grains will pop. This tea is considered an easy flavor for people, and helps with stomach issues. For this drink recipe, you will need 4 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of brown rice, and 4 teaspoons of green tea leaves. Begin by darkening the rice in a small skillet, until dark spots appear on the kernels. Pour in your water, which will be brought to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and simmer for a minute. Remove it from heat, but let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Add the tea leaves, and let the tea steep for a few more minutes. Strain, and this calming tea is ready to serve.
4) Pink Squirrel
Despite it’s vividly pink appearance, this drink is not fruity at all. Instead, this creamy cocktail tastes more of almonds and chocolate. This recipe requires 3/4 an ounce of crème de noyaux (an almond liqueur), 3/4 ounce white crème de cacao (a chocolate liqueur), and 2 ounces of heavy cream. Lighter creams or milks make fine substitutes. All you need to do is pour these ingredients into a cocktail mixer, along with some ice, and shake thoroughly. Strain and serve right away.
This beverage might translate to “cool liver” in English, but don’t worry, because there certainly is no liver in this delicious drink. For this drink recipe, you’ll need a teaspoon of badam pisin (almond gum), 4 cups of milk, 3 tablespoons of nannari sharbat (sarsaparilla root syrup), vanilla ice cream, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Begin by soaking the almond gum in 1 cup of water overnight, until it has formed a jelly. Bring your milk to a boil in a saucepan, reducing it to about half it’s original quantity. Turn off your heat, and add the sugar, mixing till disolved. Take this mixture and chill it in the fridge. Add a generous tablespoon of the almond gum to your cup, followed by another generous tablespoon of the sarsaparilla root syrup. Pour in milk until your cup is about 3/4 full. Top with a scoop of ice cream, and jigarthanda is ready. This Indian beverage is a popular roadside beverage, thanks to it’s sweet, creamy nature.
To make this beverage, you’ll need 2 ounces of tequila, 1/2 ounce of lime juice, 4 ounces of grapefruit soda, and some salt to line your glass rim. Just add your tequila and lime juice to a cup, and top it off with your grapefruit soda. This is a beloved drink in Mexico, known for being refreshing and sweet. Some people even make it by using grapefruit juice and club soda, giving you the option of picking either red or white grapefruit.
Another beverage with tomatoe juice as an ingredient, a Michelada could be considered the Mexican version of a Bloody Mary. To make yourself a Michelada, you’ll need Clamato juice, a beverage that uses tomato juice and various spices. You’ll also need lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce, chili powder, and a Mexican lager beer. For a bonus, you can salt the rim of your glass with both sea salt and chili powder. Start by filling a glass with ice cubes, followed by Clamato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce, and a dash of chili powder. Top it off with your beer, and stir. This beverage may not be as sweet, but it is cooling and it’s variety of flavors make for an interesting and savory drink.
This Kansas cocktail is a strong, tangy drink that you will enjoy. You’ll need ice, 2 ounces of whiskey, 4 ounces of ginger beer, 4 dashes of Angostura bitters, and a lemon/lime wedge. Fill your glass with ice, and pour in your alcohol and squeeze out the juice from the citrus wedge. Get ready to gulp down this midwest treat!
Asaana is a drink featuring caramelized corn, originating from Ghana. For this drink recipe, you’ll need about 2 cups of corn kernels, 4 cups of sugar, and milk. If your corn isn’t already, chop it into small kernels, and then submerge it in water. You’ll leave it submerged for 3 days, to let it ferment. Once it’s done fermenting, pour it into a large saucepan, along with water, which you will bring to a boil for a little under an hour. Put sugar into a saucepan, under a medium heat. Once the sugar has become a thick brown syrup, you should strain the corn and water, adding the water into the saucepan. Serve with ice cubes, and milk if preffered, and enjoy your caramelized drink!
Our final drink recipe is for the German drink known as Schorle, a cocktail made by dilutting wine or juice. Because it is dilutted more than its ingredients, it is not very sweet or alcholic, making it a refreshing choice. This is a simple recipe– half your choice of wine or juice, a popular choice being apple-flavored. The other half can be club soda or a lemon-lime soda. There are many versions of Schorle, so try experimenting with your favorites!