Can You Match the Country to the Drink It's Known For?


By: Olivia Cantor

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Any traveler soon discovers that each country has its own unique character, with many cultures and subcultures contained within it. One of the more obvious (and enjoyable) ways this phenomenon manifests itself is through food and drink. We might think we know all about other countries' cuisines, but there are literally hundreds of beverages from other countries which we've never tried, or even heard of!

For instance, did you know that they drink beer brewed from red rice in the Provence region of France? Or that Canadians make a liqueur from maple syrup?

For this quiz, we've skipped the weirder drinks in order to focus on various countries' national beverages. From Sri Lanka to Norway, these are the most popular drinks in their respective nations (never mind what people from other countries might think of them). 

Some of these drinks are alcoholic, while others could be safely served to a child. Some are celebrated the world over, while others mysteriously have not caught on outside their country's borders. If you fancy yourself a sophisticated drinker, several of these questions will not be a challenge for you, but we guarantee this quiz will have a few drinks which you've never heard of before. 

Ready to test your knowledge? Cheers! Let's dive in!

Everybody loves this famous soda, produced in the U.S. Can you name it?

Americans are huge soda consumers. It's no wonder that the world's best-known soda brand, Coca-Cola or Coke, came from them.


England toasts you with which clear liquor?

There's a reason why James Bond's catchphrase is "shaken, not stirred". Every Briton can appreciate the astringent pleasures of a gin martini, or a well-made gin and tonic.


This is Cuba’s famous cocktail. What is it?

Mojito is made up of white rum, lime slices, mint leaves, white sugar and soda water. It was reportedly Ernest Hemingway's favorite drink while living in Cuba.


This Japanese drink is popular in a number of countries. Can you guess it?

Sake is a kind of rice wine, invented in Japan. It may be served cold or hot, depending upon its quality.


People in Brazil sometimes quaff this refreshing cocktail. Have you tried it?

The Caipirinha cocktail's base liqueur is called cachaça. The drink is completed with the addition of sugar and lime.


Spain toasts you with which wine-based drink?

Sangria's name actually came from the word "sangre", which is Spanish for blood. Its base is red wine mixed with fruit juice or another hard liquor. Sangria isn't complete until chunks of fruit have been added to it, such as apples, oranges and grapes.


This famously strong alcoholic drink from Mexico is also beloved in the United States.

Everyone knows what tequila is. Bottoms up!


The world thanks Germany for inventing this kind of beer. What’s it called?

Thank Germany for inventing this smooth beer, which we enjoy as Corona, Carlsberg and Stella Artois.


Russians serve this drink with tea and dinner. What's it called?

Vodka is made from potatoes or grain. It's best to mix it with other drinks to create a cocktail.


When in Rome, or anywhere in Italy, you'll be offered this strong drink. What is it?

Grappa is one aromatic wine! But don't pour endlessly, since it's very, very strong!


Scotland’s legally prescribed alcoholic drink is this. What is it?

Yep, the Scottish spell whisky without an "e." Try great brands like Macallan or Glenlivet.


When in Ireland, try a pint of this!

When in Dublin, make sure to pass by a pub and get a pint of Guinness. Your taste buds will thank you!


Are you a fan of this fruity cocktail drink, invented in Puerto Rico?

If you like piña colada, head to a beach in Puerto Rico to get an authentic taste of it. A beach bartender there invented it, and it became the country's official drink.


What's this alcoholic drink, consumed mainly in Greece?

Drink ouzo plain, especially when it's offered to you by a Greek. Don't down too many, though, because this is one of those drinks that kick in rather late. It has a strong anise flavor.


Which alcoholic beverage do the French like drinking a lot, even during ordinary meals?

It's red wine, of course! French wine is justly celebrated by people in dozens of countries.


What special cocktail drink was invented in Singapore?

The gin-based Singapore Sling was invented by a bartender at the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. It's a sweet treat, due to its pineapple juice, lemon juice and grenadine.


In Haiti, people drink this locally made alcoholic beverage. Have you sampled it?

Rhum Barbancourt is a proudly Haitian-made rum. It's one of the best rums in the world, so try it!


They drink this in Colombia. Can you guess its name?

When in Colombia, you should drink your aguardiente straight up, so that you fit in. This fiery liquor is made from sugarcane.


When in India, try this healthy dairy drink.

Yogurt fans, you'll love this yogurt-based drink from India. Usually served plain, it sometimes includes a mix of fruits and spices in it, making it very flavorful and savory.


Brew lovers should try this when visiting Malaysia. What’s it called there?

This delightful Malaysian coffee is made with condensed milk, making it a bit sweet.


What is Panama’s national alcoholic beverage? Hint: it's made from sugar cane.

Seco Herrerano is a sugar cane-based alcoholic drink. It's kind of like gin or vodka, but with the intensity of rum.


Belgium invented this! What’s it called?

The Black Russian is a cocktail, made from vodka and coffee liqueur. Sweet and delicious, it's easy to drink too many of these! Odd that we don't call it a Black Belgian, isn't it?


Norwegians keep warm with this clear spirit. What's it called?

This liqueur's name means "life water". It's flavored with caraway, a spice that doesn't get much play outside northern and eastern Europe.


Which spirit is popular in Austria?

Schnapps is a fruity, tasty liqueur, beloved in Austria and Germany, as well as by American teenagers.


Chile is said to have invented this liqueur. Do you recognize it?

Pisco is a type of brandy which dates back to the 16th century. It's made from grapes which are distilled until they're highly alcoholic.


This tea is a favorite in Uruguay (and increasingly, in the U.S.) Can you name it?

Mate is a caffeinated tea, which many people substitute for coffee.


This popular Ethiopian drink is made from honey.

Tej is basically honey wine. Now that's something new to taste!


This globally popular beer comes from the Philippines. What is it?

Even German Oktoberfest celebrants hail San Miguel Beer as a good brew. It's the oldest beer in the Philippines!


Which of these drinks tempts the Danish?

Mead is a popular drink in Scandinavia, made by fermenting honey with water. Spices, fruits and other flavors can be added to mead, creating a drink that is between 3.5% and 20% ABV.


This soft drink is popular in New Zealand. What’s it called?

Lemon & Paeroa is a carbonated drink that tastes like lemon juice mixed with mineral water from springs of Paeroa in New Zealand. Its slogan is, "World Famous in New Zealand".


Can you figure out which of these answers is Turkey’s national liquor?

Raki is a colorless liqueur, until you add chilled water or ice cubes to it. It then turns a bit milky, which is how it should be consumed.


This alcoholic drink hails from South Korea. Recognize it?

Soju is a clear liqueur, traditionally made from rice or barley, which is usually consumed "neat", or without additional flavoring. Modern-day distillers in South Korea now make it with potatoes.


This unique Swiss liqueur is made with flakes of gold.

Goldschläger is unique because it's made with real gold flakes, which you can sees floating inside the bottle. Don't worry, gold is perfectly safe to drink!


This fortified wine is big in Portugal.

Port wine is a kind of sweet red wine with a high alcohol content. People often drink it for dessert, whether they live in Portugal or not.


This kind of coffee is identified with Vietnam. What’s it called?

Simply put, cà phê đá is Vietnamese iced coffee. But it's prepared in a very cool way, which you can also get servers to demonstrate to you.


People in Nepal celebrate with this drink. What is it?

People in Nepal brew raksi outdoors. It's really very strong, so make sure to eat a solid dinner before drinking it!


This fun, non-alcoholic drink was invented in Taiwan. What’s it called?

In the '80s and '90s, a Taiwanese drink called bubble tea swept Southeast Asia! Bubble tea is basically a tea drink, often cold, mixed with tapioca balls (which form its "bubbles"). Bubble tea comes in different fruity or sweet flavors. It's also known as pearl milk tea or boba tea, depending on where you're consuming it.


Australia likes drinking this mixed drink. Remember this one?

Bundy ‘n’ Coke is the Aussie's version of rum and coke, so-called because of the ubiquity of Bundaberg rum Down Under.


This is China’s globally popular beer. What’s it called?

Tsingtao is a popular lager that's not bitter to drink. No wonder people all over the world love this one!


Moroccans are known for this delicate, delicious tea.

The Maghreb region of the world (meaning the North African countries of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Western Sahara, and Mauritania) has a long-standing tradition of drinking mint tea. It's wonderful!


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