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Drinks Ideas for Sports Themed Parties

We're going to keep adding more and more drinks ideas and suggestions for your sporting parties to this page - it'll never be finished!
To start with, we're categorising the drinks by nation, so that whether you're watching the Olympics, Arsenal vs Barcelona in the Champions League, the Australian Grand Prix or throwing a Super Bowl party for your friends, there should be some suitably themed drinks ideas for you.

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To help you find your way around, the drinks are listed by nation alphabetically, or you can follow these quick links:

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Drinks Ideas by Country

Albanian Drinks

Although most Albanians are Muslim, few abstain from alcohol completely, and those that do generally accept others drinking. Beer, raki (a local brandy distilled from plums or grapes) and cognac are the most popular alcoholic drinks. For alcohol-free alternatives, strong black Turkish coffee, fruit juices and mineral water (which is generally carbonated) are the most popular options. Local buttermilk called dhalle is also very popular.

Drinks Suggestions for an Albanian Party
  • Cold: Fruit Juices, Mineral Water (carbonated)
  • Hot: Strong black Turkish coffee
  • Beers: -
  • Wines: -
  • Spirits: Raki
  • Cocktails: -

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Algerian Drinks

Despite being a predominantly moslem country, Algeria does produce and export some wines - mainly red and rosé. Tracking them down outside the middle east region isn't easy, unfortunately... Bizarrely, Barr's Irn Bru (imported from Scotland) seems to have a huge following in Algeria!

Drinks Suggestions for an Algerian Party
  • Cold: Fruit Juices, Irn-Bru
  • Hot: Strong black coffee, Mint Tea
  • Beers: -
  • Wines: Algerian red if available
  • Spirits: -
  • Cocktails: -

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Angolan Drinks

Angola has something of a thriving alcohol production industry, but most of it never reaches the outside world. Spirits distilled from bananas, maize, potaotes, cassava, manioc, sweet potatoes and corn are all popular, but rarely exported. Local beer brands such as Cuca, Eka and N'gola are again very popular within Angola, but rarely available for the rest of us to sample. South African wines and beers are imported and consumed in quantity, so they may be a better option...

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Argentinian Drinks

Argentinians are justifiably proud of their wine, and export some excellent reds. Mate is an infusion made from dried leaves of the yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) plant, and is extremely popualr in Argentina as an alternative to tea. The bitter Italian spirit Fernet (either the regular version or the mint one) is extremely popular in the main cities, where there is a thriving cocktail culture. For a non-alcoholic alternative, international soda brands such as Coca Cola are universally popular, but Guarana soda (a carbonated soft drink with guarana extract) is hugely popular in Argentina and Brazil.

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Australian Drinks

Australian beers and wines are appreciated and available almost everywhere these days, and are usually the perfect accompaniement to a barbecue.

For beers, it's generally the lager-type, served ice-cold. Fosters is an obvious choice, but alternatives include Boags, XXXX, Tooheys or Coopers.

DrinkSupermarket.com have an excellent selection of Australian wines which you can order online. Both reds and whites are generally of a very good quality.

For hot drinks, tea and coffee are both popular, but Australia also has a strnge love affair with a malted coca drink called "Milo".

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Austrian Drinks

Coffee and café culture have been popular in Austria - and Vienna in particular - for centuries, and indeed many credit the Austrians with being the first Europeans to really embrace the drink. Whether or not this is strictly true, Viennese café tradition has become an important part of the city's identity. Enjoying a coffee in a coffee house is very much an everyday part of Viennese social life, and coffee - or alternatively hot chocolate, which is also very popular - often goes hand-in-hand with cake (see above).

Coffee is served in a variety of styles, most commonly the "kleiner Schwarzer" or "Mokka", which is similar to espresso, but is extracted more slowly. Also popular are the "großer Schwarzer" (a double Mokka), the "kleiner (or großer) Brauner" (single - or double - Mokka plus milk), the "Melange" (half Mokka, half hot milk), the "Einspänner" ("großer Schwarzer" topped with whipped cream) and the "Wiener Eiskaffee" (iced Mokka with vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream). Cappuccinos, espressos and lattes are also popular. For those who aren't so keen on coffee, Viennese Hot Chocolate is very rich, containing double cream in addition to real chocolate, and is hugely popular - something everyone should try at least once!

Almdudler is a popular Austrian soft drink, a sort of herbal lemonade, and is considered by many to be the "national drink of Austria"; it is sometimes mixed with white wine or water.

Beer is very popular, with the pale lager variety (known as Märzen in Austria) the most widely available. A naturally cloudy alternative called Zwicklbier and wheat beer are also popular.

Given its Alpine geography, it may surprise you to hear that a fair amount of wine is produced in Austria. The main wine-producing areas are in Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria, and Vienna. The Grüner Veltliner grape provides some of Austria's most notable white wines and Zweigelt is the most widely planted red wine grape.

After a meal, Schnapps (or fruit brandy) is sometimes drunk.

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Azerbaijani Drinks

Without a doubt Black Tea is Azerbaijan's favourite drink, consumed on almost any and every occasion, often in unique pear-shaped glasses called Armudu. It's usually brewed quite strong, without milk, and wild herbs such as thyme, mint or sage are often added to the tea.

Another Azerbaijani favourite are sherbets, made from fruit juices, water and sugar, and sometimes perfumed with rose water. Lemon, strawberry, apricot, pomegranate, plum and cherry are common flavours, but often more than one fruit jusice is used to create a sort of fruit juice cocktail.

Drinks Suggestions for an Azerbaijani Party
  • Cold: Fruit Juices, Sherbets (see above)
  • Hot: Strong Black Tea
  • Beers: -
  • Wines: -
  • Spirits: -
  • Cocktails: -

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Drinks from Bahrain

Although a muslim country, Bahrain's laws on alcohol consumption are not as strict as in some other nations. Recently we believe a law has been introduced prohibiting muslims from drinking, but non-muslims can still drink alcohol in bars, hotels, and in their homes (not in other public places). As an aside, the traditional bubbly-spraying celebration does not feature champagne at the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix - instead, a non-alcoholic rosewater drink known as Waard is apparently used.

Of the locally-produced alcoholic options, a grape-based spirit flavoured with aniseed is one of the most popular - it is called Arak and is popular throughout much of the Middle East.

One of the mainstays of Bahraini culture is the drinking of traditional Arabian coffee. Sometimes known as "Gahwa", it is always strong, usually sweet, and often flavoured with cardamom.

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Drinks from Belgium

Without a doubt, beer is the drink of choice in Belgium, and what a choice! For a relatively small country, Belgium reputedly has more than 100 breweries producing around 450 different beers. Some are pilsners, like Stella Artois, and Jupiler. Most, however, are local beers, specialties of a region or city. Among the best known are Duvel, Chimay, Hoegaarden, De Koninck and Kwak; most of these are easy enough to track down with a little effort.

Another optin is the local gin, or jenever. This is often served in very small glasses. Unfortunately, while Dutch jenever isn't hard to get hold of, the Belgian product seems to be harder to track down outside the country itself.

Coffee is also very popular in Belgium, where the café culture is well developed. Every street seems to have its own coffee shop, but many are traditional local businesses, not the big international concerns. In Belgium coffee is savoured and enjoyed slowly, often with a little sweet cake, biscuit or chocolate to bring out the flavour.

Drinks Suggestions for a Belgian Party * There's a great selection of Belgian beers available online at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Drinks from Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina - like its near neighbours - produces wine, beer and brandy. The brandy is called "Rakija", and varieties produced from grapes and pears are available. However, the most popular in Bosnia-Herzegovina - and often regarded as the national drink - is plum brandy, or Slivovitz.
Of the locally produced beers, almost all are of the lager-type. The best known brands are "Preminger", "Unski biser" and "Tuzlanski pilsner", but sadly none are easy to track down outside the region. Wine is produced, mostly in the Herzegovina region where the climate is most suitable for growing grapes. Again, however, tracking these down is not always easy.

Drinks Suggestions for a Bosnian Party
  • Cold: Mineral Water
  • Hot: -
  • Beers: Bosnian Beer (if available)
  • Wines: Wine from Herzegovina (if available)
  • Spirits: Rakija, Slivovitz
  • Cocktails: -

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Drinks from Botswana

Beer is popular and readily available in Botswana - wine much less so. The most readily available beers are of the lager style, and always served chilled. Castle and Lion are South African beers brewed under license in Botswana. Also popular (although less easy to find outside southern Africa) are the Zimbabwean "Zambezi" beer, and Windhoek lager from South Africa/Namibia. The less well-off locals will usually opt for a local brand such as Chibuku, which frankly is hard enough to track down inside Botswana, never mind anywhere else! Ginger beer is popular as a non-alcoholic drink, and international soda brands such as Fanta and Coca Cola are of course widely available.

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Drinks from Brazil

Brazil's national drink is a cocktail called Caipirinha, which is made using the local spirit Cachaça, which is made from distilled sugar cane, and isn't well known outside Brazil, but you can substitute good quality white rum or vodka instead. Additionally, Brazil is rightly famed for its coffee, and locally brewed beer is also extremely popular. The best-selling brands are Skol and Brahma , and it is traditional in Brazil to serve lager beer with more of a head on top than would be expected in the UK, for example. For a non-alcoholic alternative, Guarana soda (a carbonated soft drink with guarana extract) is hugely popular in Argentina and Brazil. Fruit juices are plentiful and popular, and Sucos Bars (Juice Bars) can be found all over Brazil, mixing and serving up a huge variety of different juices from Orange to maracuja (Passion Fruit) and many more besides.

Drinks Suggestions for a Brazilian Party * There is a decent selection of Cachaça brands available at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Bulgarian Drinks

Bulgaria's warm climate is ideal for growing grapes, and Bulgarian wine (both red and white) is therefore generally of a good quality. Wine and beer are both very popular, although the latter has a surprisingly short history of local production. While wine production in Bulgaria dates back thousands of years, the first commercial brewery appeared less than 150 years ago. Popular Bulgarian beer brands include Kamenitza, Zagorka and Shumensko, although finding any of these outside their native country may not be easy.

Rakia is a strong brandy-like drink distilled from different types of fruit; apricot, grapes and plum are the most common varieties, although rakia made from mixed fruit is also very common. It is traditional in Bulgaria to have a glass of rakia with some pickles and shopska salad as the first course of a meal.

Drinks Suggestions for a Bulgarian Party
  • Cold: -
  • Hot: -
  • Beers: Bulgarian beers, if available
  • Wines: Bulgarian Red or White Wine
  • Spirits: Rakia
  • Cocktails: -

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Drinks from Burkina Faso

Water is the most popular drink throughout West Africa, but other options include millet beer and palm wine. A favorite local drink is zoomkoom, which is made from millet flour and water and flavored with ginger and lemon. Bissap, or Hibiscus Tea is popular too. International soda brands, such as Coca Cola, Sprite and Fanta are readily available - one of the more popular being strawberry-flavoured Fanta! But, apart from water, beer is definitely the poular drink of choice, so if in doubt, that's the best option for your party!

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Drinks from Cameroon

Locally produced alcohol is made from the available produce. Wine made from the fermented sap of palm trees, and beer made from millet are therefore the most widely available alcoholic drinks, although these are usually home-made or possibly sold at local markets - there are no big local supermarket brands making these products. Cardamon Tea is a popular non-alcoholic drink, as is Ginger Beer.

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Canadian Drinks

Canadians drink a lot of carbonated soft drinks such as Coca Cola or carbonated orange, and of course Canada Dry ginger ale. They also have a fondness for "Clamato juice", a bizarre mixture of tomato juice, clam broth and spices, which as well as being consumed on its own is also included as a main ingredient in several popular cocktails.

Tea and coffee are popular, with coffee being the more popular of the two; Canadians enjoy their coffee and their café culture much like their US neighbours.

On the alcoholic front, you may be surprised to hear that Canada produces a fair amount of wine, especially in the region around Niagara. A speciality of this region is "ice wine", a dessert wine made from grapes that have frozen on the vine. Beer is universally popular in Canada, and there are some strong Canadian beer brands which are available aroud the world, including Moosehead, Labatts and Molson. And of course, as mentioned above, Canada's national cocktail is the Caesar, which is similar to a Bloody Mary but made with Clamato Juice. And if you prefer the "hard stuff", give Canadian Club whisky a try.

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Cape Verdean Drinks

Tropical fruit juices - Mango and Papaya especially - are popular. One of the most popular alcoholic drinks is "grogue", made from watered down rum. The tradition of drinking grogue in Cape Verde can be traced back to the times of the slave trade and Caribbean pirates. Sugar cane - and the knowledge of how to turn it into rum - was brought back to Cape Verde from the Caribbean, and the tradition of watering the spirit down (to make the rations last longer on long voyages) passed on from the seafarers to the island inhabitants. Also popular is the Brazilian cocktail Caipirinha, which is made using the spirit Cachaça . Like rum, Cachaça is made from distilled sugar cane, and isn't widely available outside Brazil, but you can substitute good quality white rum or vodka instead.

The most popular beer on the islands is the local brand Strela, but perhaps unsurprisingly it's not easy to get hold of in other parts of the world...

Drinks Suggestions for a Cape Verdean Party
  • Cold: Mango Juice, Papaya Juice
  • Hot: -
  • Beers: Cold lager, Strela if available
  • Wines: -
  • Spirits: Cachaça, Rum
  • Cocktails: Caipirinha

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Chilean Drinks

Chile prides itself on the quality of its red wines, which thankfully are now widely available throughout the world. Beer, although popular, is not held in such high esteem, but there is a fair amount of local production, including brands such as Austral, Kunstmann and Cristal. If these are not available, Brazilian Brahma is growing in popularity in Chile.

Many Chileans regard "pisco sour" and "chicha" as their national drinks. Peruvians claim pisco sour as their own, but it doesn't really matter. Just make sure you don't drink too many, as they're lethal! These locally-made spirits are not widely available in all parts of the world, and some would say that's a good thing! I've heard chicha described as "a direct assault on your body's systems - only for the bravest!". Pisco sour is a liitle more palatable (they serve it on the Chilean national airline!), but you really need a supply of the pisco spirit in order to be able to make it. If you can't get hold of it, the nearest substitute would be a white (clear) brandy of reasonable quality.

For non-alcoholic alternatives, Chileans consume large quantities of soda, especially Coca Cola, although the local brands Blitz and Pap are also very popular, if something of an acquired taste! Coffee is very popular, but tends to be of the cheap and instant variety.

Drinks Suggestions for a Chilean Party * There's a good selection of different Pisco brands available at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Chinese Drinks

When it comes to drinks for your Chinese sporting party, there are plenty of options. First and foremost is tea. Without needing to explore the intricacies of the Chinese tea ceremony (Chinese: "cha-dao", which literally means "the way of tea"), tea is hugely popular in China, important to Chinese culture, and a major Chinese export. Chinese tea is available in a number of varieties: Green Tea, Oolong Tea, White Tea and Black Tea. We would not claim to be experts on the differences, but there are many online suppliers who sell "taster packs", so why not try a number of options and see which you prefer?

As for cold soft drinks, there are thousands of brands and options, although many are not widely available around the world. One of the best known is the somewhat unimaginatively named China Cola.

When it comes to alcohol, there are many Chinese beer brands, of which the best known and most widely available internationally is Tsingtao.
China also produces wine made from various fruits including grapes. Wine from grapes is called "putao jiu". The other major forms of Chinese alcoholic drink are "huang jiu"(literally "yellow liquor"), which is made from fermented grains such as wheat or rice and is typically about 20% alcohol, and "bai jiu"(literally "white liquor"), which is distilled and reaches around 30% typically.

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Colombian Drinks

Coffee is one of Colombia's major exports, and it will come as no surprise that it is popular within the country as well. Fresh fruit juices are affordable and available in a huge range of different flavours, and it is therefore no surprise that they are hugely popular.

Colombia does produce a lot of beer, but few of its brands are well known internationally. Those with the best reputation appear to come from the "BBC" (Bogota Beer Company).

The national spirit is called "guarapo", and is made from fermented pineapple or other fruit. This is either consumed as a shot, or mixed with fruit juice or cola. Chicha is the local firewater, popular with all the indigenous peoples of the Andes. It is made from fermented maize, and although I have never tried it, it would perhaps be most polite to describe it as "less than refined"! What is worth sampling, however, is Colombian Rum, which is apparently of very high quality.

Drinks Suggestions for a Colombian Party * There are a few good Colombian rums available at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Costa Rican Drinks

Coffee is one of Costa Rica's major exports, and it will come as no surprise that it is popular within the country as well. However, given that Costa Rica is only just north of the equator and is tropical in its climate, cool refreshing drinks go down particularly well after the first couple of cups of morning coffee!
Refrescos naturales are a Costa Rican tradition, a sort of watered-down smoothie made from whatever fruit is available; water melon, strawberry, passion fruit, blackberry and lime are all popular choices.

The best know Costa Rican beer is Cerveza Imperial, an American style lager which is very much the nation's favourite.

The national spirit is called "guaro", and is made from distilled sugar cane. This is either consumed as a shot, or mixed with fruit juice or cola, and some brands are so affordable that it is cheaper to drink than the beer! Costa Rica also produces a lot of rum, of which the best known is "Ron Centenario".

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Drinks from Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

The national drink is a wine called Bangui, made from palms. It's not readily available outside the country, unfortunately. As an alternative, fruit juices are plentiful, coffee is popular, as is Ginger Beer.

Drinks Suggestions for an Ivorian Party
  • Cold: Fruit Juices, Ginger Beer
  • Hot: Coffee
  • Beers: -
  • Wines: Bangui palm wine, if available
  • Spirits: -
  • Cocktails: -

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Croatian Drinks

Croatia produces wine, beer and brandy. The brandy is called "Rakija", and is usually made from grapes, although varieties produced from plums and pears and even walnuts are also available. Many international brands of beer - pivo - are widely available in Croatia, but there is some local production too. Of the locally produced beers, Karlovacko, brewed in the city of Karlovac, is the best known and most widely available brand, both in Croatia and neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina. Croatian wine production is a long-standing tradition; roughly two thirds of the wine produced is white, which generally comes from the vineyards inland, while the red comes from the coastal region. Many of the grapes used are local varieties and may not be familiar to many of us outside the region, but are well worth trying if you can get hold of them. Wines from the Dalmatian region have a particularly good reputation. Locally, wine is generally the preferred drink with most meals, and is often consumed mixed with either still or sparkling water. Coffee is popular in Croatia, and indeed sitting in a coffee shop whiling away the hours with friends has been described as Croatia's national pastime! Coffee is usually served "Italian style", normally espresso or maybe cappuccino, and often with a glass of mineral water.

Drinks Suggestions for a Croatian Party
  • Cold: Mineral water
  • Hot: Espresso or Cappuccino
  • Beers: Karlovacko (if available)
  • Wines: Croatian Chardonnay
  • Spirits: Rakija (if available), Slivovitz
  • Cocktails: -

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Czech Drinks

The Czech Republic is justifiably famous for its beers, of which the most famous are probably Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar. Many purists and beer connoisseurs regard the Czech Republic as the "spiritual home" of the pilsner/pilsener type of lager, and who are we to argue? Served cold with a bit of a head on it and some tasty Czech-style bar snacks, there's nothing to beat it.

Czechs are also proud of their natural mineral water. Some wine is produced, mostly in the south of the country, but little is exported. The Czech Republic is also noted for its plum brandy or Slivovice.

Drinks Suggestions for a Czech Party * There is a good selection of Czech beers available at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Danish Drinks

Danish beers - especially Tuborg and Carlsberg - are widely available throughout the world. Seasonal beers are also very popular in Denmark, especially Christmas beer ("Jul øl" in Danish). Every November Danes celebrate "J-dag" which is the day when the Christmas beer is released, and bars are crowded with people keen to try out the new beers.

On the other hand, Danish wine is largely unknown. Denmark is perhaps on the northern edge of where grapes can be successfully grwon, but wine production is appraently on the increase, in both quantity and quality.

Other popular beverages in Denmark include "Akvavit" or schnapps, which is a clear spirit made from potatoes and flavoured with herbs or spices and is hugely popular, even at breakfast! Mead (or "Mjød" in Danish) is a type of wine made by fermenting a honey. In the winter months "Gløgg" is popular - this is a type of hot punch, not dissimilar to mulled wine, made with red wine, sherry, brandy and spices. In the summer elderflower cordial is a traditional Danish favourite.

Drinks Suggestions for a Danish Party * There is a small selection of Danish beers available at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Drinks from Ecuador

Aguardiente (made from sugar cane) is probably the most popular local spirit. In the high-altitude areas it is often used to make canelazo, a warm cocktail which is perfect for those chilly Andean nights! If you prefer something cooler, however, Aguardiente can be used to make a variety of more traditional or well-known cocktails where white rum would usually be used; or, if you prefer, just make the white rum cocktails!
Tropical fruits are found in abundance in th country's Amazonian region, so fruit juices are a popular choice.

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Egyptian Drinks

Despite being a predominantly moslem country, Egypt does produce and export some wines - both red and white - and a spirit distilled from wine called Arak or Zibib. Tracking down Egyptian wines and beer outside the middle east region isn't easy, unfortunately...

Tea and coffee are frequently drunk; tea may be what we in the West think of as "traditional" tea, or equally popular is mint tea, while coffee is often of the strong "Turkish" style.
Milk shakes also seem to be popular, particularly banana and guava flavours.

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English Drinks

Despite the fact that we have turned into a nation of lager drinkers, there isn't really a great English lager. The ones that leap to mind are Fosters (Australian), Carlsberg (Danish), Heineken (Dutch) and Stella (Belgian). Oh, what about Carling, so proud of their British barley, and sponsors of the Carling Cup? Yes, they're probably the only major one, but did you know that Carling is owned by Molson Coors Brewery of Canada?!

Whatever. Although we do make some wine in England, it's not widely recognised as being the finest in the world - we don't really have the climate for it, although the quality and reputation of English wines - especially sparkling wines - are improving all the time.

What we do make well are ciders and bitters ("dark" beers). There is usually a huge choice of each available in supermarkets or online. For a non-alcoholic alternative, there are plenty of good quality English mineral waters and apple juices. If it's a cold day, try our Mulled Cider recipe.

Drinks Suggestions for an English Party * There is a huge selection of English beers and ciders available at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Drinks from Equatorial Guinea

Palm wine and malamba (an alcoholic drink made from sugar cane) are both popular. Fruit juices, as you might expect, are in plentiful supply, and grapefruit and pineapple are particularly abundant and popular, as is coconut milk. Locally produced beers are available, although not easy to get hold of outside of the country.

Drinks Suggestions for an Equatorial Guinea-themed Party
  • Cold: Grapefruit Juice , Pineapple Juice
  • Hot: -
  • Beers: Regab (from neighbouring Gabon) if available, otherwise any cold lager
  • Wines: -
  • Spirits: -
  • Cocktails: -

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French Drinks

France is famous throughout the world for its wines; it is one of the world's top 3 wine producers, and has a history of wine-making that stretches back to the 6th century BC. Fortunately, it is not difficult to track down good quality French wines - red, white, rosé and sparkling - in many supermarkets.

Similarly, French beer is easily obtained. The best known brand is undoubtedly Kronenbourg, but Kasteel Cru is also popular. So finding alcoholic drinks for a French party shouldn't pose too many problems, and there's plenty of choice. For example, click herre to Search for French wine at Tesco.com

For non-aloholic alternatives, café culture is so much a part of everyday life, especially in large French towns and cities, so some good French coffee or hot chocolate is a good idea. Additionally, France produces some of the world's best known mineral waters.

Drinks Suggestions for a French Party * There is a huge selection of French wines available at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Drinks from Gabon

Fruit juices, as you might expect, are in plentiful supply, and grapefruit and pineapple are particularly abundant and popular, as is coconut milk. Locally produced beers are available, although not easy to get hold of outside of Gabon. The best known local brand is probably Regab, and it's a shame it's not easier to get hold of, as it seems to have a good reputation!

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German Drinks

Germany as a whole - and the Bavarian region in particular - is known throughout the world for its beer. There are apparently in the region of 4,000 brands of beer produced in Bavaria alone, but we would not recommend trying to sample them all in one day, even during Bavaria's famous Oktoberfest! As well as many famous lager-type (helles) beers, Germany also produces excellent darker beers and Weißbier. We suggest you seek out a few different ones and have a tasting session!

Drinks Suggestions for a German Party * There is a huge selection of German wines and beers at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Drinks from Ghana

Ghanaians make their own alcohol from locally available produce. Wine made from the fermented sap of palm trees, and beer made from millet are therefore on the menu, as is a spirit called Akpeteshie.
A non-alcoholic ginger wine called Lamujii is a refreshing alternative; as this isn't easy to track down, Ginger Beer is a good alternative. Fruit juices are plentiful, especially pineapple and orange.

Drinks Suggestions for a German Party
  • Cold: Fruit Juices, Ginger Beer
  • Hot: -
  • Beers: -
  • Wines: Palm wine or Lamujii, if available
  • Spirits: -
  • Cocktails: -

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Greek Drinks

Beer has returned to popularity in Greece, after centuries of being looked down upon. Although international brands dominate the market, strong Greek brands are now emerging, such as Mythos.

Greece has a long history of wine production, dating back hundreds or maybe thousands of years. The best known is probably Retsina, but others are available.

What is easier to get hold of - and perhaps the drink that Greece is most famous for - is Greek Ouzo, an aniseed-flavoured spirit. There are many brands available of course, of which one of the best-known is probably Ouzo 12.

Greeks like a good chat over a cup of coffee - Greek coffee is very similar to Turkish coffee (no offence intended to either party!) in its grind and method of preparation. Also very popular is Frappe, a blend of cold coffee, sugar, ice and a little milk

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Honduran Drinks

Coffee - one of the country's major exports - is popular throughout Honduras. Nearly all coffee served in Honduras is freshly brewed, and served black with lots of sugar. Horchata, a sweet, spiced beverage made from milky rice, is enjoyed by many in Hondurans. Refrescos (sodas, or fruit juice drinks) and licuados (fresh fruit drinks blended with milk, water or yogurt) are plentiful and refreshing. Beer is probably the favourite alcoholic drink at bars and restaurants across the country. While you can find standard international brands such as Heineken and Budweiser almost everywhere, the local brands such as Salva Vida, Port Royal, Barena and Imperial, are more popular with the locals, but sadly harder to track down outside the country.

Aguardiente (made from sugar cane) is probably the most popular local spirit. It is known in some parts of the country as Guaro. Aguardiente can be used to make a variety of more traditional or well-known cocktails where white rum would usually be used; or, if you prefer, just make the white rum cocktails! In the Bay Islands and all along the Caribbean coast, rum is in fact the drink of choice anyway.

Drinks Suggestions for a Honduran Party
  • Cold: Fresh fruit juices
  • Hot: Honduran Coffee
  • Beers: Honduran beer (if available)
  • Wines: -
  • Spirits: Aguardiente or Rum
  • Cocktails: Rum-based cocktails

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Hungarian Drinks

There area plenty of options drinks-wise when throwing a Hungarian football party. Although beer is popular, there is more of a wine culture in Hungary, and wine - especially the locally produced red and sweet wines - are drunk with most meals.

There is a definite cafe culture, with bars and cafes being popular meeting places, serving wine and coffee to abundant customers. Coffee tends to be drunk in small, strong portions, espresso style, although other options are available if you ask.

Two locally produced spirits are very popular. Pálinka is a strong brandy-like drink distilled from different types of fruit; apricot, pear and plum are the most common varieties. Unicum is a strongly flavoured herb-based drink, seen by many as the country's national drink, but it is something of an acquired taste!

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Icelandic Drinks

Brennivin is nominally Iceland's national drink. It's a spirit made from fermented grain or potato - much like vodka - and flavoured with caraway. It is traditionall served cold, not mixed with anything, in a shot glass. If you can't find it, Icelandic Vodka or schnapps are good alternatives.

There are a number of breweries in Iceland, the most notable being Egill Skallagrimsson, Vífilfell and Einstök. Some of the best known brands include Viking, Egils and Thule, which are all lager/pilsner style beers. They're not easy to track down internationally, but we have found one supplier of Einstok Pale Ale online.

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Indian Drinks

Tea is of course hugely popular in India, particularly in the north. Varieties such as Assam and Darjeeling would be the most traditional, if you want to keep it authentic. Further south, coffee is also grown and is becoming increasingly popular.

India of course does not produce much wine, but Indian (or Indian-style) beer brands such as Kingfisher and Cobra are a must for any Indian themed party.

As a non-alcoholic alternative, water is always served with every meal in India, and lassi (a drink made from yoghurt with sugar, spices and/or fruit juice or purée) is a traditional favourite.

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Iranian Drinks

The most traditional - and perhaps popular - Iranian drink is doogh, a combination of yogurt, water, a little salt and dried mint. Milk shakes and fruit juices are popular, especially watermelon juice and pomegranate juice. Alcohol is not popular on religious grounds - it is illegal for Muslims in Iran to drink alcohol, although it is believed that many still do. Non-alcoholic beer is very popular, particularly among younger Iranians.

Tea is very popular, and is almost always served black, sometimes with and sometimes without sugar.

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Italian Drinks

Italians are big coffee lovers, so if you're in a non-alcoholic mood, Italian coffee would be a great place to start. However, don't drink too much of it, as they like it very strong!

For beer lovers, the obvious choices are Moretti or Peroni. However, there has always been a preference amongst Italians for wine over beer, and you should have no trouble at all finding good Italian wines, as they are one of the world's largest wine producers. An easy place to start is to search for Italian wines online at Tesco.com.

I'm not a wine expert, so I'm not going to try to give you detailed advice. Suffice to say, Italy produces large quantities of good quality white (of which the best known is probably Pinot Grigio) and red (e.g. Valpolicella) wines.

Drinks Suggestions for an Italian Party * There is a selection of Italian wines and beers at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Japanese Drinks

Japanese Green Tea is one non-alcoholic option for drinks. You could go all the way and learn the full tea-serving ceremony, but it is extremely complex and full of cultural references which may be lost on many westerners, so you may prefer to simply serve your guests the tea without the ceremony!

For more alcoholic options, you could simply find some Japanese beers such as Kirin or Asahi , or you could serve sake, which is made from fermented rice. Sake is stronger in its alcohol content than most wines, but not as strong as whisky, for example. It is often warmed before being served in small cups, but good quality sake can be served at room temperature, or chilled. Indeed, many sake experts feel that good quality sake should always be served chilled in order to enjoy the subtleties of its flavours, and only cheaper brands should be warmed. There are one or two sake cocktails, for those who don't enjoy the flavour of the drink on its own, but cocktails in general aren't really popular among the majority of Japanese.

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Korean Drinks

Alcohol is popular in Korea, but few of the drinks are familiar to us in the west. Beer is not a native drink, and although there are now a few breweries it is still not as popular as the traditional Korean drinks. Korean wine is not "true wine", in the sense that it is usually made by adding fruit to already fermented alcohol. The most common forms would therefore be a rice "wine", to which cherries, grapes, raspberries or plums are added for flavouring before it is sold.

By far the most popular alcoholic drink in Korea is Soju, made from a combination of fermented rice and grain. Usually about 20 percent alcohol by volume, although sometimes as much as 40 percent, it is a clear spirit, sometimes compared to vodka. It can be drunk on its own, or with mixers or in cocktails. Many popular international cocktails can be adapted to incorporate Soju.

Green tea is very popular, as is Korean Ginger Tea, which is consumed hot when the weather is cold, but is also served chilled as a refreshing summer drink.

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Libyan Drinks

The sale of alcohol has been illegal in Libya for decades, although apparently locally distilled spirits are available there on the "black market". The most popular drink is black tea, which is often quite strong. Also popular is green tea with mint. For a cooler alternative, bottled mineral waters and soft drinks such as Coca Cola are very popular.

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Malaysian Drinks

When it comes to Malaysian drinks, think "sweet". Malaysians love sweet drinks, for example tea with condensed milk and sugar, or iced coffee served the same way. One popular drink is the malty chocolate drink "Milo", which is served either hot or iced. Tiger Beer is the local brew, and is actually pretty good and not too hard to get hold of outside the country.

Drinks Suggestions for a Malaysian Party
  • Cold: Iced coffee, Iced "Milo"
  • Hot: Sweet tea, Hot "Milo"
  • Beers: Tiger Beer
  • Wines: -
  • Spirits: -
  • Cocktails: -

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Malian Drinks

In common with Mali's neighbours, the most popular drinks are bissap, or Hibiscus Tea, and Green Tea with Mint. Mineral water and fruit juice (especially guava) are also popular drinks with meals. Despite being a largely Muslim country, the production of alcohol is permitted, and many Malians drink local beer, which is made from millet; it's not really available outside Mali, so you're probably better off either trying the hibiscus tea, or just doing your usual thing!

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Mexican Drinks

Now, here's a choice. Mexican beer or Tequila? And if you say "Tequila", cocktails or slammers? The vast majority of Mexican beers - such as Dos Equis, Sol, Corona, Estrella and Bohemia - are of the pilsner type, and when the day's hot and the beer's cold, they go down a treat! As for Tequila, this drink made from the fermented juice of the blue agave plant was North America's first mass-produced spirit, with the first tequila factory being established as early as 1600! There is an almost endless list of cocktails made with tequila, so feel free to try one or two out!

If you prefer Tequila shots - which isn't really how the spirit is drunk in Mexico, where it is sipped almost like wine - then try a bandera ("flag") for a change. This consists of equal shots of tomato juice, tequila and lime juice - representing the colours of the Mexican flag - drunk one after the other.

Coffee is of course an important option of hot drinks, and is usually drunk either strong and dark, or "con leche" (with milk, but this often means "with a lot of milk"!). For a cold non-alcoholic option, American sodas such as Coca Cola and 7-Up are hugely popular in Mexico, as are all fruit juices.

Drinks Suggestions for a Malian Party * There is a huge selection of Tequila brands available at DrinkSupermarket.com

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Drinks from Monaco

It has been said that champagne is the national drink of Monaco. That may be something of an exaggeration or fantasy, but why not?! It is a party, after all...
Wine is the most common alcoholic accompaniement to meals, or why not try a refreshing "Monaco" cocktail?

Drinks Suggestions for a Monaco-themed Party * There is a huge selection of Champagne available at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Moroccan Drinks

The most popular drink in Morocco is Green Tea with Mint. Freshly squeezed orange juice is also hugely popular, as is coffee. Being a predominantly moslem country, alcohol is not widely available in Morocco, although some beer and wine can be found in the large hotels in the major cities; the best known local beer brands are apparently Casablanca, Flag and Stork.

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Netherlands/Holland - Dutch Drinks

Holland does not produce much wine, and is certainly not known for it. However, its beer brands - including Heineken, Grolsch and Amstel - are well-known internationally, and large amounts of them are exported around the world, as well as being enjoyed in the Netherlands. Beer is in fact more highly regarded by some Dutch people than wine, and is certainly the most popular alcoholic drink in the country. For something a little stronger, Jenever is a type of Dutch gin which apparently is where the phrase "Dutch courage" comes from. Oranjebitter is an orange-flavoured brandy, popular for celebrations, and of course Advocaat is probably the Netherlands' most well-known stronger drink. Tea and coffee are popular during the working day, or milk or water in hot weather.

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New Zealand Drinks

Outside the country, New Zealand is probably best known for its wines. However, while there is no contesting the quality of New Zealand wines, beer is actually the "most consumed" alcoholic beverage. Most New Zealand beers are of the lager type, with Speights, Tui and Export Gold being the best known local brands. International beer brands, such as Amstel, Heineken, Becks, Tiger, Carlsberg, Holsten, Budweiser, Guinness and Kingfisher are brewed in NZ under license. Some cider is also produced.

Turning our attention back to wine for a moment, New Zealand produces good quality reds and whites, and some sparkling wine as well. Of the reds, Pinot Noir is one of the more popular varieties, along with blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. But it is perhaps the white wines that New Zealand is most well-known for, especailly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, although other varieties such as Riesling, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Gris are also grown. There is a good selection of New Zealand wines available at DrinkSupermarket.com.

Café culture has arrived in New Zealand, and coffee shops and cafés are popular places for meeting and socialising during the day, replacing many of the old-fashioned tea rooms which were popular in the 20th century. As with the coffee culture of the USA or Great Britain, for example, the baffling array of coffee styles (from espresso to latte, mochaccino to cortado) is on offer, although the New Zealanders claim the "flat white" as their own.

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Nigerian Drinks

Coffee houses are popular with the muslim population, who of course don't drink alcohol - both tea and coffee are enjoyed here socially. Malt drinks - such as Ovaltine and Horlicks - are very popular. In the non-Muslim areas, beer is popular, with many international brands such as Harp, Heneken and Star being widely available, as well as local lager brands. Guinness is actually brewed in Nigeria. Other locally produced drinks include gin, and palm wine.

Drinks Suggestions for a Nigerian Party * There are one or two Nigerian beer brands available at DrinkSupermarket.com

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Drinks from Northern Ireland

There are plenty of options drinks-wise if you're throwing a Northern Irish themed party:

Firstly and most obviously, there's Guiness, regarded by most as Ireland's national drink and enjoyed as much in the north as in the Republic. Also popular in Irish pubs if you don't fancy a pint of the dark stuff is the cool refreshing Magners Irish Cider.

Then of course there's Irish whiskey, of which the two most famous brands are probably Jamesons and Bushmills . And if it's cold outside, put the whiskey to good use in and Irish coffee!

And finally, as if we could forget, there's Baileys Irish Cream and all the cocktail options that go with it. Try blending Baileys with vanilla ice cream for a delicious refreshing yet potent Irish milk shake!

Drinks Suggestions for a Northern Irish Party * There is a large selection of Irish whiskeys, as well as some ciders and beers at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Polish Drinks

There area plenty of options drinks-wise when throwing a Polish party.
Poland is rightly famous for its Vodka (not its wine!), but is also gaining an increasingly good reputation for its beer (and rightly so, in our opinion). The best known brands of Polish beer, which are fairly readily available outside Poland if you don't mind seeking them out, are Zywiec, Tyskie and Lech. For a non-alcoholic alternative, Polish mineral water has a pretty good reputation. Poles drink a lot of tea, almost always black, with sugar, lemon or vodka added, depending on taste and the situation! Herbal teas are also popular.

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Portuguese Drinks

Portugal is famous for its wines, especially its fortified wines such as Port and Madeira . Red, rosé and white are all produced, as well as "green wine" which isn't green at all - just a name for a wine that is consumed "young", rather than being left to mature. Search for Portuguese wines at Tesco.com.

Portugal also has a long tradition of brewing beer, which remains a very popular alternative to wine. The best known brands are Sagres and Super Bock. Coffee has been a central part of social life in Portugal for centuries, and is often drunk strong and dark, espresso-style.

Drinks Suggestions for a Portuguese Party
  • Cold: -
  • Hot: Espresso
  • Beers: Sagres *
  • Wines: Port, Madeira *
  • Spirits: -
  • Cocktails: -
* There is a small selection of Portuguese wines and beers at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Drinks from the Republic of Ireland

There are plenty of options drinks-wise if you're throwing an Irish themed party:

Firstly and most obviously, there's Guiness, regarded by most as Ireland's national drink. Also popular in Irish pubs if you don't fancy a pint of the dark stuff is the cool refreshing Magners Irish Cider.

Then of course there's Irish whiskey, of which the two most famous brands are probably Jamesons and Bushmills . And if it's cold outside, put the whiskey to good use in and Irish coffee!

And finally, as if we could forget, there's Baileys Irish Cream and all the cocktail options that go with it. Try blending Baileys with vanilla ice cream for a delicious refreshing yet potent Irish milk shake!

Drinks Suggestions for an Irish Party * There is a large selection of Irish whiskeys, as well as some ciders and beers at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Romanian Drinks

Wine is the preferred drink with meals in Romania, a country which produces a lot of wine (certainly one of the top ten producers in Europe, if not the World). Both red and white are produced, with varieties including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Feteascã Regala and Grasã de Cotnari for white, and Merlot, Pinot Noir, Bãbeascã Neagrã and Feteascã Neagrã for reds.

Beer is available, and popular - usually of the pilsener/lager styles. International brands such as Heineken, Carlsberg, Becks, Holsten and Tuborg are readily available, as are local brands such as Ursus, Stejar, Bergenbier, Ciuc and Silva. Unfortunately we haven't found it easy to get hold of any of the local brands outside Romania.

Tuicã is however Romania's national drink. It is a type of plum brandy, and is pretty much ubiquitous in Romania; almost everybody drinks it, and lots of Romanians make it themselves (which is perfectly legal, apparently). Most of the orchards in Romania are plum orchards, and most of the plums produced go into making tuicã. It is consumed on almost any occasion; before a meal, at weddings, sporting occasions, festivals, and any occasion which requires raising a toast (which includes welcoming a guest into your home!). Sadly - or perhaps fortunately, as some of it is pretty lethal! - tuicã isn't easy to get hold of outside the country.

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Russsian Drinks

There area plenty of options drinks-wise when it comes to throwing a Russian-themed party.
Tea is by far the most common drink in contemporary Russia. First introduced to Russia from China in the 17th century, its popularity has since spread throughout the country. Black tea has always been the dominant variety of this drink, but after the Russian acquisition of Central Asia, awareness of and interest in green tea began to increase slowly. Today Russia remains one of the largest tea consumers in the world.

As for alcoholic drinks, the most famous Russian drink is of course vodka, which is made from either grain or potatoes, and is popular throughout the vast nation. It is sometimes flavoured with chillies or berries and fruits, such as raspberry or orange.

Beer is also extremely popular, and in fact Russia is apparently the fourth largest beer producer in the world, although not much of it is exported to the West.

Some wine is also produced, especially in the more southern regions, but it is not as popular as beer, and not much is exported.

Drinks Suggestions for a Russian Party * There is a large selection Russian vodkas at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Scottish Drinks

This shouldn't be difficult! For a non-alcoholic option, Scotland's mountains produce some of the clearest, purest mineral waters anywhere in the world.

While Scotland isn't famous for its wine production, it does produce a number of beers. For lagers, Tennents has long been Scotland's best-selling pint. As for ales, McEwan's Export was for years the best known Scottish ale, although Drybrough's had a huge cult following, although sadly I believe it has now closed down. Belhaven is also well-knwon and widely available. Additionally, many smaller breweries and "micro-breweries" have sprung up all over Scotland in recent years, producing an excellent range of ales.

However, the drink that Scotland is perhaps best known for is of course its whisky. There are hundreds of Scotch whiskies, many of which have developed a very loyal fan base and following over the years. Many will tell you that the only thing you should ad to whisky is perhaps a cube or two of ice, others will add a little water. If you fancy breaking with tradition, however, try one of our Scotch Whisky Cocktail recipes.

Drinks Suggestions for a Scottish Party * Whether you prefer to drink it on its own or mixed, there is a huge range of Scotch Whiskies to choose from at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Senegalese Drinks

The most popular drinks are bissap - or Hibiscus Tea - and Green Tea with Mint . Mineral water and fruit juice are also popular drinks with meals. Although a largely Muslim country, Senegal does produce and consume a fair amount of beer of the lager type. The best known brands are "Flag" and "Gazelle", neither of which are particluarly easy to get hold of outside West Africa. Beer is served cold, so if you're throwing a Senegalese party and can't get hold of any "Flag" or "Gazelle", I guess any cold lager will do!

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Serbian Drinks

Serbia - like its near neighbours - produces wine, beer and brandy. The brandy is called "Rakija", and varieties produced from grapes and pears are available. However, the most popular in Serbia - and often regarded as the national drink - is plum brandy, or Slivovitz.
Of the locally produced beers, "Jelen" is the best known and most widely available brand. Serbian wine production is a long-standing tradition; Serbia produces both reds and whites, although sadly neither is easy to get hold of outside the region. There is a thriving café culture in the larger towns and cities, and many Serbians like strong Turkish-style coffee. Local mineral waters are also very popular.

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Singaporean Drinks

The obvious drinks choices for a Singapore-themed party are either a Singapore Sling Cocktail or a Tiger Beer , Singapore's "official" beer. Actually, I have to say that an ice cold Tiger beer does go rather well with a big bowl of Singapore-style noodles!

For a less obvious choice, coffee is popular in Singapore, but tends to be very sweet, often made with sweetened condensed milk and served either hot or chilled over ice.

Drinks Suggestions for a Singapore-themed Party
  • Cold: Sweet, iced coffee
  • Hot: Coffee made with sweetened condensed milk
  • Beers: Tiger Beer
  • Wines: -
  • Spirits: -
  • Cocktails: -

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Slovakian Drinks

Slovakia's neighbour, the Czech Republic, is justifiably famous for its beers. The Slovak people are also great beer-lovers, and although their beers are perhaps not as well-known internationally, they are well worth seeking out. The most popular beer brands include Zlaty Bazant, Kozel, Corgon, Saris, Gambrinus (although some maintain tht this is Czech, and I'm afraid we do no know for certain) and Smadny Mnich.

Wine, from grapes from the southern areas of the country, is also a very popular drink in Slovakia, as is plum brandy or Slivovice.

For non-alcoholic alternativevs, Slovakia does produce a lot of mineral water. Coffee is extremely popular, and is probably the drink of choice for most Slovakians meeting socially during the day.

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Slovenian Drinks

Strong, dark coffee is very popular in Slovenia, much more so than tea. Beer - "pivo" - is very popular and easily available in the country itself, but the local brands, such as Lasko and Union aren't widely available outside Slovenia.

Similarly, the Goriska brda region produces some quite good red and white wines, but they tend never to leave the country.

Honey liqueur is a traditional Slovene drink - some like to drink it cold in the summer and warmed in the winter.

Drinks Suggestions for a Slovenian Party
  • Cold: -
  • Hot: Coffee
  • Beers: -
  • Wines: -
  • Spirits: Honey Liqueur
  • Cocktails: -

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South African Drinks

South Africa produces some excellent wines and beers, for which it is rightly gaining a good worldwide reputation. South African white wines, especialy Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, make up the bulk of their production, and are loved for their light, crisp quality. Some red wine is also produced, including Shiraz, and Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Castle Lager is well known around the world, and generally held to be the country's "national beer".

Drinks Suggestions for a South African Party * There is a good selection of South African wines at DrinkSupermarket.com

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Spanish Drinks

When most people think of Spain they think of Sangria, but Spain has much more to offer in its drinks cabinet! However, if you want to make Sangria for your party, click here for the recipe. Additionally, Spain's climate is ideal for growing of citrus fruits and grapes, so fresh fruit juices and wines are of great quality and widely available. Sherry - Jerez - is extremely popular, as are the many excellent reds. Cava - the sparkling wine produced in the south of the country - is growing in popularity internationally too.
Many brands of Spanish beers are widely available. For a hot drink, as well as tea and coffee, hot chocolate is popular, although the Spanish version is thicker and more chocolatey than some UK versions.

Drinks Suggestions for a Spanish Party * There is a good selection of Spanish wines at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Sudanese Drinks

Sudan is a strictly Muslim country, and alcohol is banned. The most suitable drinks for an "authentic" Sudanese party are therefore fruit juices, coffee (which is served black, thick and strong, sometimes flavoured with cardamom), or tea (which is usually served sweet and black, and sometimes flavoured with cinnamon). Hibiscus Tea is a delicious and traditional alternative.

While alcohol is strictly illegal in the Muslim north, locally brewed alcohol is available - although illegal - in parts of the south of the country. The local beer is brewed from sorghum or millet and is apparently cloudy and sour. Aragi is a spirit distilled from sorghum or dates. It is apparently powerful stuff and sometimes contaminated with methanol or embalming fluid(!), so the fact that Sudanese alcohol is illegal within the country and rarely exported outside it is probably a good thing! So for your Sudan themed party we'd recommend either sticking to fruit juice, tea or coffee, or just buying you favourite wine or beer that you would usually drink!

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Swedish Drinks

Swedes are heavy coffee drinkers, so for a Swedish party it would be more than acceptable to serve coffee and Kaffebröd - sweet cakes and pastries. Swedes also drink a lot of milk.

Beer is very popular and easily available in the country itself, but the local brands, such as Pripps Blå and Norrlands Guld, aren't widely available outside Sweden.

What is easier to get hold of - and perhaps the drink that Sweden is most famous for - is Swedish Vodka. There are many brands available of course, of which the three best-known are probably Renat, Explorer Vodka and Absolut Vodka .

Drinks Suggestions for a Swedish Party
  • Cold: Milk
  • Hot: Coffee
  • Beers: Pripps Blå or Norrlands Guld lager if available
  • Wines: -
  • Spirits: Absolut Vodka
  • Cocktails: -

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Swiss Drinks

The best thing to drink with a rich fondue is something light and crisp, such as a dry Swiss white or rosé wine, or a Swiss lager-style beer. Some people recommend drinking tea with fondue, as it is supposed to stimulate the digestion. Swiss beers aren't particularly well-known outside of their homeland - Eichof is probably one of the better known.

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Tunisian Drinks

The most popular drinks are coffee and Green Tea with Mint . Mineral water and fruit juice are also popular drinks with meals. Although a Muslim country, Tunisia does produce some good red and white wines and one brand of beer - Celtia, but neither the wine nor the beer is easy to track down outside the country.

Drinks Suggestions for a Tunisian Party
  • Cold: Fruit juices, Mineral water
  • Hot: Strong dark coffee, Green Tea with Mint
  • Beers: -
  • Wines: Tunisian Chardonnay, if available
  • Spirits: Fig Brandy
  • Cocktails: -

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Turkish Drinks

Strong, dark coffee is very popular in Turkey, and so is tea, which is traditionally served with sugar but no milk, and in glasses. There is a saying in Turkey that coffee should be "as black as hell, as strong as death and as sweet as an angel's kiss".

There are two other widely available and hugely popular drinks:

  • Raki is an alcoholic drink distilled from raisins and then redistilled with aniseed. It is often diluted with water, but is still pretty strong - you have been warned! Turkish Raki is often served with a selection of mezes or appetizers.
  • Ayran is a refreshing drink made from diluted yogurt.
Beer and wine are available too - one of the more popular beer brands is Efes.

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Drinks from UAE (United Arab Emirates)

Popular beverages are coffee and tea, which can be supplemented with cardamom, saffron, or mint to give them a distinct flavor. Known as "Gahwah Arabia", Arabic coffee is very much associated with hospitality, and is a blend of lightly roasted arabic beans, cardamon and saffron which are ground and boiled. The coffee is then strained and served hot in small cups.

Alcohol is generally only served in hotel restaurants, nightclubs, golf clubs and bars catering for tourists.

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Ukrainian Drinks

There area plenty of options drinks-wise when throwing a Ukrainian party.
A strong spirit, similar to vodka, is very popular throughout the nation. It is called horilka , but unfortunately we have not been able to find any sources outside Ukraine. Ukrainian beer (pyvo) is brewed and enjoyed throughout the country. The most popular or well-known brands include Obolon, Lvivske and Slavutich, but again, they're not easy to get hold of outside the Ukrainian borders. Some wine (vyno) is produced, especially in the Crimea area, and mead is also popular.

If Ukrainian drinks aren't readily available, Polish equivalents make good substitutes...

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Uruguayan Drinks

The national drink of Uruguay - although also very popular in Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile and Bolivia - is mate , a type of herbal tea made from dried leaves of the yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) plant. It is not unusual to see Uruguayans walking around the streets with mate in its traditional serving vessel and a flask of hot water to top it up with. There are many traditions surrounding the preparation and serving of mate, and particular etiquette surrounding the way the drink should be consumed socially.

Uruguayan wine is not as widely available nor as highly regarded as that of Argentina or Chile. However, that may be about to change, because according to the wine experts Uruguay does produce some excellent wines - both red and white - and more and more is being exported - worth trying to find some if you can.

The best-selling local beers are Pilsen (ok, I get that one) and Patricia. Patricia? What's that about?! Well, it may have a name that looks odd to the English-speaking world, but by all accounts Patricia is an excellent lager, and well worth seeking out. If you can't find it, Argentinian Quilmes is a good alternative.

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Drinks from USA

There's plenty of choice on the drinks front for a USA-themed party. Coffee is very popular as a hot option, and orange juice as a cold one.
US wines, beers and bourbons are widely available throughout the world, so it shouldn't be a problem to get hold of some.

Drinks Suggestions for a US-themed Party * There is a huge selection of American wines, bourbons and beers at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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Welsh Drinks

Due to its climate, Wales does not have a great history of wine production. As a result, beer is much more widely drunk - the best known local brand is probably Brains - along with local cider. Although wine from grapes is not widely produced, there is a history dating back at leat 1,400 years of producing mead, a wine-like drink made from honey, but your best bet is probably to order a selection of Welsh beers and ciders to try out.

For a non-alcoholic alternative, Wales does produce a lot of very good mineral water.

Drinks Suggestions for a Welsh Party

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Zambian Drinks

Beer is universally popular in Zambia, and there seem to be two types - "clear" and "opaque". The opaque beers are locally produced, often unbranded, and often made from maize. They tend to be cheaper and drunk by the locals - apparently they are quite thick and bitter in flavour. The clear beers are more like European lagers. The three most well-known brands are actually produced in Zambia under license from South African breweres; Mosi, Rhino and Castle Lager. In addition to beer, there are a number of traditional drinks - some alcoholic and some not - such as maheu, munkoyo, thobwa and katata, which are made from the locally available ingredients such as maize and millet, but not available outside Zambia. Many are made from scratch by the women of the households, and enjoyed at the end of a day's work. The local spirit - kachasu - is made from anything that is available, there is no set recipe, and has been described as the most fearsome firewater; it may be a good thing that it is rarely exported! Fruit juices and bottled sodas are popular thirst quenchers in the heat of the Zambian day.

Drinks Suggestions for a Zambian Party

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