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The 25 Weirdest Drinking Customs in the World

The World's 25 Weirdest Drinking Customs SPAIN ENGLAND FRANCE The French are dignified drinkers. Ladies are served first, glasses are only ever filled halfway and it's considered vulgar in Spain they believe toasting with a glass of water will earn you seven years of bad sex. The last drink of the evening is only ever called the 'penultima' drink. The 'ultima' drink Toasting' originated in 17th century England. Spiced bread was added to wine to increase flavour and cut through the acidity. to pour your own drink. is the last of your life. ITALY PORTUGAL GERMANY In order to decant Port without disturbing the sediment and spoiling the wine, the Portuguese invented a theatrical way to open the bottle. It includes red-hot tongs and ice. The night before a wedding, groomsmen kidnap the bride-to-be and take her to a bar. Italians only drink water or wine with their meals. Other beverages like beer or soda are considered a big no-no. The groom must find the group and buy a round of drinks to get his bride back. CZECH REPUBLIC GEORGIA HOLLAND 30! The Dutch have adopted the 'head butt' method for drinking whiskey. The no-hands process involves bending from the waist to take a sip, before straightening up and chasing with beer. Toasting is a very serious matter in the Czech Republic. Make eye contact with those you clink glasses with but don't cross arms else you'll be cursed with seven years bạad sex! The toast is very important in Georgian culture. Georgians will give 20-30 toasts at every meal and non-Georgian visitors are expected to participate. ICELAND UKRAINE MARCH HUNGARY At Ukrainian weddings brides must keep their feet on the ground lest their shoes be stolen. In 1848 13 revolutionaries were executed for leading the uprising against Austria. Their deaths were celebrated Icelanders love alcohol so much they dedicate two holidays to it. March 1st is Beer Day but Verslunarmannahelgi in August is the drunkest weekend of the year. If a shoe is stolen guests За твоё здоровье! 3a Bawe 3AopOBbe!.. will throw it around with the clinking of beer glasses, so Hungarians abstain from doing this. the room and drink wine from it. RUSSIA KAZAKHSTAN CHINA *: Kumis, made from fermented horse milk, is the national drink of Kazakhstan. Custom dictates that any leftovers are poured back into the kumis jug so none is wasted. During the toast, elders hold their glasses higher than juniors. The first drink is downed in one and In Russia it is common to give long, anecdotal toasts that end with a punch line. Empty bottles and glasses are placed under the table, never on top. the glasses upturned on the table to show nothing remains. AUSTRALIA ONE MORE ON ME! NIGERIA SWEDEN Drinking songs are sung (loudly!) before, during and after each round of aquavit. Swigs of beer usually follow each shot of the spiced spirit. Only when both the bride and groom When drinking with friends Aust have taken a drink everyone is expected of traditional palm wine are they considered officially married. to shout (or buy) a round of drinks. It's considered very bad form if someone neglects to shout. CANADA PERU INDIA In Peru, one beer and one glass is shared among friends. The first person pours Wine has been an important part of Indian mythology and spirituality for thousands of years. Even today, alcohol is used by many to reach a higher level of consciousness. At the Sourdough Saloon in Yukon you can be initiated into the Sour Toe Cocktail Club a 'shot' of beer and downs it if you finish a drink with a dehydrated human toe in it. before passing the drink on. Hai devai! JAPAN DRINK TOPPED MOLDOVA It is impolite to pour your own drink. Keep your neighbour's drink topped up and they will return the favour. Drinkers turn away from the group when taking a sip as a sign of respect. Moldovans make numerous toasts during dinner, at least one before every drink. There is even a toast to avoid toasting, "Hai devai!" which means "let's go". www.wineinvestment.com

The 25 Weirdest Drinking Customs in the World

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The whole world loves a good drink, but we all like to do things a bit differently. This infographic celebrates the many ways the people of the world a drink, and the unusual customs that they've obse...

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