Coffee Culture Around the World

From the simple Italian espresso shot to traditional Turkish coffee ceremonies, see how people around the world take their cup of coffee.

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Fried Pies

Fried Pies

Take a big ole bite out of a tantalizing fruit-filled fried pie -- and we don’t mean the McDonald’s kind. Tennesseans have been wrapping apples, peaches and berries in pie crust and deep-frying it for years, and they know how to do it right. 960 1280

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Sweet tea

Sweet tea

No Southern meal is complete without a glass of sweet tea. Iced tea sweetened with plenty of sugar is standard in the South, so consider this your warning if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth. 960 1280

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RC Cola and Moon Pie

RC Cola and Moon Pie

First invented at Chattanooga Bakery, moon pies are a Tennessee tradition. In the 1950s stores began selling moon pies and RC Cola together. The combination was the inspiration for the ’50s hit “Gimme an RC Cola and a Moon Pie,” as well as the annual RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival.
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Country ham

Country ham

Country ham is arguably Tennessee’s most famous delicacy. The hams are salt-cured and served boiled, broiled or fried, and give Virginia’s Smithfield hams a run for their money. 960 1280

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Fried catfish

Fried catfish

Tennesseans also love their fried catfish, a popular Southern specialty that’s often served with hush puppies -- little balls of fried cornmeal. 960 1280

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Stack cake

Stack cake

An Appalachian specialty, stack cake is made of thin layers of cake with an apple filling between each. Legend has it that the cakes were originally a wedding tradition -- guests would each bring a layer, and the number of layers represented the popularity of the bride. 960 1280

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes

The official fruit of Tennessee, tomatoes grow particularly well in the state’s soil and sun. 960 1280

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Memphis Ribs

Memphis Ribs

You can’t visit Tennessee without a big ole plate of Memphis barbecue, distinctive for its flavorful dry rub rather than the usual messy sauce. 960 1280

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Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels

Tennessee is also home to Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey; the famous spirit has been distilled and bottled in Lynchburg, TN, since 1875. 960 1280

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Baked beans

Baked beans

Bush’s Original Baked Beans also have their roots in Tennessee, but don’t bother asking for the recipe -- it has remained a closely-guarded family secret since the 1930s. 960 1280

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Biscuits and red-eye gravy

Biscuits and red-eye gravy

The perfect accompaniment to Tennessee country ham is a spread of biscuits and red-eye gravy -- a sauce made from a mixture of ham drippings and coffee. 960 1280

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Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Washington is a prime apple-growing region, with more than 50 cider makers in the state, and a growing number of places in which to taste them. Seattle Cider Company was the first cider maker to open in the city in 2013, and produces small batch, locally grown ciders. It currently offers 12 options, ranging from the year-round Citrus, to the seasonal Basil Mint, to the limited-edition Three Pepper. Sample these and more at The Woods, a tasting room that’s shared with Two Beers Brewing.

Not to be outdone, Capitol Cider, the city’s first cider bar, boasts 20 ciders on tap and more than 150 bottles from both the region and the world. Schilling Hard Cider does one better, claiming to offer the largest draft cider selection in the country with 32 ciders on tap. It also sells more than 300 bottles of craft cider. Schilling makes its own cider too; its high-demand Chaider (chai-spiced hard cider) is only on tap between November and January. If that’s not enough, cider-making classes are available one weekend a month.
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Lake Champlain, Vermont

Lake Champlain, Vermont

Vermont can be considered as the birthplace of the hard cider revival movement in the U.S. when Woodchuck Hard Cider launched in 1991. Eventually, more followed, and the Lake Champlain region has proven to be one of the best apple-growing spots in the country. Citizen Cider, based in Burlington, has a tasting room and the option to sample a tasting flight; the Dirty Mayor is a good option for ginger fans. Shacksbury Cider distinguishes itself by using “lost apples” from the Champlain Valley, which are defined as the type of apples that early settlers in the area used to make homemade hard cider. Be warned Shacksbury only makes limited-release runs with lost apples, and they are popular. Tours are by appointment only.

Champlain Orchards Cidery uses apples from its own orchard, and many of its ciders—Ginger & Spice, Honeycrisp—have won awards. You can stop by for a tour and tasting, or try Champlain and other area cideries during Vermont Cider Week.
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Finger Lakes, New York

Finger Lakes, New York

The Finger Lakes region is another key player in the apple belt. Bellwether Hard Cider was the first on the scene in 1999, while Finger Lakes Cider House is considered the reason behind the renewed interest in hard cider. Besides offering local craft ciders in its full-service tasting room, it also serves its own Good Life Cider. Among the local cideries it serves, Eve’s Cidery is acclaimed for its sparkling ciders, which employ the Champagne Method. Eve’s also has its own orchard, and produces ice cider as well. Redbyrd Orchard Cider is also available at Finger Lakes Cider House, and the owners apply their wine-making knowledge to produce small batches. To try more cideries, attend Cider Week Finger Lakes, which attracts about 15 local cider makers. 960 1280

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Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Where there’s good beer, good cider is sure to follow. Bushwacker Cider was the first cidery to open in Portland in 2010, and now has two locations in the city. The original Brooklyn spot sells more than 300 types of cider from around the world, as well as its own line. Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider deserves its cider renegade reputation thanks to its boundary-pushing ciders: the flagship Hallelujah Hopricot can best be described as a combination of beer, cider and wine. See for yourself at its cidery and taproom.

A few hours away in Bend, a number of craft cideries have set up camp among a plethora of established breweries. Atlas Cider Co. was the first and one of the best known; its flavor comes from the fresh-pressed apples used to make an all-natural product. Its new taproom hosts live music and offers arcade games. To cover the most cider ground, the Cider Rite of Spring festival in Portland features the best ciders in the Northwest, while Cider Summit PDX highlights the best artisanal ciders from around the world.
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Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville already has a booming craft beer scene, and now cideries are starting to move in. Urban Orchard Cider Co. usually tops the list when discussing North Carolina cidery makers. It’s known for experimenting with unexpected flavors such as habanero, and its full bar showcases cider while also offering wine and local beer. Noble Cider uses local apples to create two ciders: The Standard Bearer and The Village Tart, a popular, cherry-minded cider. Bide your time in the taproom while enjoying live music and access to a rotating lineup of food trucks.

Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery is among the handful of cideries along the Asheville Ale Trail. Stop by the taproom of this small-batch cidery (and meadery) to imbibe ciders made with Southern apples. Asheville also plays host to CiderFest NC, which features 20 hard cider makers from across the state and country.
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Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Beer Company, the heavyweight producer behind Samuel Adams (which helped launch the craft beer movement in the states), also produces Angry Orchard Hard Cider. Varieties range from its signature Green Apple to the seasonal Elderflower, and it sources apples from its own orchard in the Hudson Valley. Downeast Cider House uses locally grown apples to create its year-round Cranberry Blend and seasonal Maple Blend. You can tour its cidery without advance booking, but be forewarned that drinking is restricted to its cider garden, which isn’t climate controlled. Bantam Cider is a craft cidery just outside of Boston in Somerville. The classic Wunderkind is its first cider, and since then Bantam has experimented with slow roasting apples to create the unconventional Smoked Saison. 960 1280

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Sonoma, California

Sonoma, California

A fledgling cider scene has emerged amidst Sonoma’s wine dominated landscape. Sonoma Cider is a father-son operation redefining hard cider. It uses organic apples to create core offerings such as The Anvil, a bourbon cider. Keep an eye out for experimental limited runs, which currently include Absinthe and Habanero Lime. Tilted Shed Ciderworks also uses local organic apples in its small batch creations. Visit the tasting room for barrel-aged and barbecue-smoked ciders. Devoto Orchards Cider uses apples from its own orchard in Sebastopol, a longtime apple-growing region, to make three different organic ciders. It’s closed to the public, but you can find its dry and semi-dry ciders at specialty stores in the area. 960 1280

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Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Argus Cidery was the first to open in 2010; in a bit of an unusual twist, it uses apples from Texas and Arkansas to produce its sparkling hard ciders. Though not a cider, don’t pass up the chance to try its Tepache, a sparkling pineapple wine, at its tasting room. Newish Texas Keeper Cider has garnered press for its small batch ciders; you’ll be able to sample them soon at its new tap room, complete with a picnic area. Austin Eastciders is another young, small-batch cidery that differentiates itself by employing bittersweet and bittersharp apples in order to create just three options: Original Dry Cider, Texas Honey Cider and the recently added Hopped Cider. It plans to offer factory tours and a tasting room in the near future. 960 1280

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Hudson Valley, New York

Hudson Valley, New York

The Hudson Valley has a long-standing reputation as one of the best apple growing regions in the country, and is home to some of the country’s oldest cider makers. The now sizable cider community started in 1994 with Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery when it launched Doc’s Draft Ciders. Sample both its cider and wine at its rustic tasting room while enjoying live music. Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider is another long-time establishment, and specializes in European techniques.

Newcomer Nine Pin Cider Works creates dry and experimental ciders using locally sourced apples, and offers a tasting room. Bad Seed Cider Company is another relative newcomer. You can tour its factory in addition to exploring dry ciders in its tap room. If possible, detour to NYC for Wassail, the city’s first bar devoted to hard cider (and apple-related drinks). It also holds regular events such as monthly meetups for amateur cider makers. Descendant Cider Company, based in Queens, is one of the only hard cider makers in the city, and its apples are sourced from no other than the Hudson Valley.  
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cider is slowly starting to make inroads amidst a craft beer boom. Sociable Cider Werks is the city’s first cidery, and its industrial tasting room has quickly attracted a loyal following. It sources apples from the Midwest, and adds hops and grains for a dry and well-balanced finish. All of its ciders are named after bike terms, like the dry-hopped Hop-A-Wheelie. You can also tour its cider house and enjoy eats from The Curious Goat Food Truck. Newcomer Lionheart Cider just opened this past summer and only makes one European-style cider at the moment; you can find it at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Meanwhile, gastropub Republic MPLS offers the largest selection of craft ciders around, and provides an excellent opportunity to try local ciders from across the state, including Sweetland OrchardMilk & Honey CidersWyndfall Cyder and Sapsucker Farms. 960 1280

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Turkey: Raki

Turkey: Raki

Known as the national drink of Turkey, raki — pronounced “raka” — can be found at most large-scale liquor stores in the US. The trick to making the drink correctly? Use 1 part raki and 2 parts ice-cold water. Because the anise oils in the raki emulsify when mixed with water, the clear liquids combine to form a white beverage known as Lion’s Milk. It’s named that because Turks believe that raki gives you the strength of a lion. 960 1280

  

Russia: Vodka

Russia: Vodka

According to legend, a monk named Isidore -- from Chudov Monastery inside the Moscow Kremlin -- made the first Russian vodka. Since then, Russian vodka producers like Smirnoff, Stolichnaya and Russian Standard have become popular among vodka connoisseurs. This spirit is traditionally drunk neat, but it is also commonly used in cocktails like the vodka martini, Bloody Mary, Sex on the Beach, Screwdriver and White Russian. 960 1280

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Peru: Pisco Sour

Peru: Pisco Sour

Chile and Peru both claim the Pisco Sour as their national drink, but the cocktail originated in Lima, Peru. American bartender Victor Vaughn Morris invented and then served the first Pisco Sour at the counter of Morris’ Bar in the early 1920s. This concoction is usually made with bourbon or whiskey, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener. 960 1280

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Japan: Sake

Japan: Sake

With its origin dating back to the 3rd century, sake is the beverage of choice in Japan. Sake is made from fermented rice. Undiluted, it contains 18 to 20% ABV (alcohol by volume). That’s double the amount of alcohol found in most beer. So sip slowly -- and savor its taste. 960 1280

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Mexico: Tequila

Mexico: Tequila

Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, located in the city of Tequila, in Jalisco, Mexico. And if you didn’t know already, Mexico has claimed the exclusive international right to the word “tequila,” which allows the country to take legal action against countries who manufacture the distilled blue agave spirits. Mexico’s national drink is the Paloma -- made by mixing tequila with a grapefruit-flavored soda, a lime wedge, and served in a glass rimmed with salt. Tequila is also mixed to make cocktails like the margarita, Tequila Sunrise, Matador and Tequila Slammer. 960 1280

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France: Champagne

France: Champagne

Wine and absinthe are popular spirits in France, but champagne is, too. The sparkling wine is produced from grapes grown in the country’s Champagne region, which includes Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne. Since the 17th century, champagne has been associated with luxury and power among royalty throughout Europe. Times have changed and now the tasty beverage is mixed with orange juice to create a mimosa, a tangy breakfast concoction. 960 1280

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New Orleans: Sazerac

New Orleans: Sazerac

In New Orleans, the Hurricane is a popular cocktail, but did you know about the Sazerac -- sometimes referred to as the oldest American cocktail? Mixologists believe this drink originated in the period before the American Civil War. This stiff drink is a mixture of cognac or rye whiskey, absinthe or Herbsaint, sugar and Peychaud’s Bitters. 960 1280

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Puerto Rico: Piña colada

Puerto Rico: Piña colada

Puerto Rican bartender Ramon Marrero created and sold the piña colada in 1954, while working at the Caribe Hilton International Hotel. He received numerous accolades, which included receiving an award from Coco Lopez -- the maker of the coconut cream used in the drink -- for selling his 3 millionth cocktail. In 1978, the government declared the piña colada the official drink of Puerto Rico. 960 1280

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Brazil: Caipirinha

Brazil: Caipirinha

Sit back and sip on Brazil’s national drink, the Caipirinha. The sweet, but refreshing cocktail is made with cachaça (sugarcane rum), sugar and lime. Looking for a more fruity taste? Try the caipifruta, made with cachaça, crushed ice and crushed fresh fruit or fruits, including tangerine, lime kiwifruit, passion fruit caju, mango, grapes, lemon, caja and/or pineapple. 960 1280

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NYC: Manhattan

NYC: Manhattan

Dr. Iain Marshall was the genius and creator behind the Manhattan cocktail first served at a banquet in honor of US presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden in 1870. Usually garnished with a maraschino cherry, the Manhattan is closely related to the Brooklyn cocktail, made using dry vermouth and Maraschino liqueur. A Manhattan is made with sweet vermouth, whiskey and bitters, an alcohol flavored with herbal essences. 960 1280

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Greece: Ouzo

Greece: Ouzo

A symbol of Greek culture, ouzo is an anise-flavored aperitif usually served with a small plate of appetizers that usually include small fresh fish, fries, olives and feta cheese. This drink is popular in Greece and Cyprus. It evolved from tsipouro, a beverage created by a group of 14th-century monks living in a monastery on Mount Athos. 960 1280

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Scotland: Scotch

Scotland: Scotch

After a long day at work, slowly sipping from a glass of Scotch whisky seems to make the worries of the world melt away. Scotch is a malt or grain whisky made in Scotland and aged in oak barrels for at least 3 years. Notable Scotch whisky brands include Bell’s, Dewar’s, Johnnie Walker, J&B, Chivas Regal and Cutty Sark. 960 1280

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UK: Pimm's Cup

UK: Pimm's Cup

James Kent was the first to serve Pimm’s Cup, in 1823 at a London oyster bar, making it a popular drink in England, particularly southern England. It is the one of 2 staple drinks at the Wimbledon tennis tournament, Henley Royal Regatta and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. There are 7 Pimm’s products, but only Cup Nos. 1, 3 and 6 are still available. For a refreshing summer cocktail, we recommend the gin-based Pimm’s Cup No. 1 with chopped fruit and mixed with ginger ale or champagne. 960 1280

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Spain: Sangria

Spain: Sangria

Stop and share a pitcher of sangria with friends if you’re strolling through Barcelona’s Plaza Mayor. This tasty wine punch consists of wine (of course), chopped fruit, a splash of brandy and a sweetener, like honey, sugar, syrup or orange juice. Sangria is popular is Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Argentina. 960 1280

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Cuba: Mojito

Cuba: Mojito

Historians believe the African slaves who worked in Cuba’s sugarcane fields during the 19th century were instrumental in the mojito’s origin. The traditional Cuban cocktail consists of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. The mojito is not only popular in Cuba but was also author Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktail. 960 1280

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Singapore: Singapore Sling

Singapore: Singapore Sling

In Singapore, Ngiam Tong Boon, a bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore, created the Singapore Sling sometime prior to 1915. The original recipe used gin, Cherry Heering, Benedictine and pineapple juice. Decades later, the hotel served the premixed drink from an automatic dispenser, but customers can request a shaken version from the bartender. 960 1280

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Italy: Bellini

Italy: Bellini

Try this delicious cocktail if you’re visiting Italy. The Bellini is one of Italy’s most popular long drinks created by Giuseppe Cipriani, the founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice. The color of the drink reminded the mixologist of the color of a saint’s toga in a painting by the 15th-century artist Giovanni Bellini. So what’s in it? This mixed drink consists of Prosecco sparkling wine and peach puree. 960 1280

  

Belgium: Black Russian

Belgium: Black Russian

Belgian bartender Gustave Tops created the first Black Russian cocktail in 1949, at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, in honor of Perle Mesta, who was (at that time) the US ambassador to Luxembourg. This cocktail contains 3 parts vodka and 2 parts coffee liqueur, owing its name to the use of vodka, a traditional Russian spirit. 960 1280

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