#LifeInCzechia Are you a fan of exploring the world through its beverages? Then Czechia should be high on your list! This Central European gem has a vibrant drinking culture deeply rooted in its history and traditions. From world-renowned beers to unique liqueurs, the Czech national beverages offer a delightful journey for your taste buds. So grab a glass and join us as we dive into the rich flavors of Czech drinking traditions!
Beer – the liquid gold of the country
When it comes to Czech national beverages, beer takes the crown. The Czech Republic boasts one of the highest beer consumption rates per capita in the world. We love it so much, we even have a beer spa.
Traditional breweries across the country produce a wide range of styles, from light and refreshing lagers to full-bodied dark beers bursting with caramel and roasted malt flavors. The iconic Pilsner Urquell and Budweiser Budvar are just some of the many exceptional brews.
The Czech Republic’s winemaking tradition dates back centuries, and today it’s gaining recognition for its unique and exquisite wines. Moravia, the southern region of the Czech Republic, is the epicenter of the country’s winemaking scene. Don’t miss Pálava, the typical full-body and aromatic wine of this region. In Bohemia in the western part of the country, you can find Müller-Thurgau and Saint Laurent grape varieties.
Pálava – the wine region of Southern Moravia
For those seeking a different kind of adventure, Becherovka is the quintessential Czech liqueur that shouldn’t be missed. This herbal elixir has a rich history and a unique blend of flavors. Created in the spa town of Karlovy Vary as a medicine, Becherovka is made from a secret recipe comprising a complex combination of herbs and spices. Its distinct taste is often described as both bitter and sweet, with notes of cinnamon, anise, and a hint of citrus.
Malinovka, which translates to “raspberry drink,” is a sweet and refreshing raspberry-flavored syrup that is typically mixed with water to create a refreshing beverage. It is popular among children and during summer as a way to cool down and stay hydrated.
Czech Malinovka is known for its vibrant red color and intense raspberry taste. The syrup is also versatile and can be used in various recipes, such as adding it to cocktails, mixing it into desserts, or drizzling it over pancakes or ice cream.
Kofola is a popular carbonated soft drink that originated in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s as an alternative to American cola beverages. It has since become an iconic beverage in Czechia and Slovakia. Kofola is often described as a cola-like drink, but it has a distinct taste that sets it apart from traditional colas. It is made from a secret recipe that includes a combination of natural ingredients such as herbs, spices, and extracts.
Kofola is of Czechoslovak origin.
So, next time you’re seeking to discover some new flavors, try our Czech liquid gems. Na zdraví! (Cheers!)
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Sources: Vinarnik, České pivo, Becherovka
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