Beverages countries are known for

Apr 20, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Every country has wines, coffees, sodas, juices, teas and liquors they are known for. And what better time to try out these token beverages than when you're in the country itself? Next time you're touring a new place, don't miss the opportunity to sample the foods and drinks it is most known for. Here are just a few ideas to get you planning your next travel refreshment.

OranginaFrance: Orangina

When you're spending your days strolling the sweltering streets of Paris, chances are you're going to need a moment to sit down and enjoy a refreshing beverage. When that time comes, reach for a bottle of Orangina. It's a blend of carbonated water, orange juice and other citrus juices that is unlike any soda pop we have here. Plus, it comes in a cute bottle that is actually shaped like an orange, making it delicious and fun!

England: Black tea

The English love their tea so much, they even have a section of the day devoted entirely to drinking it. We have plenty of black teas here, such as Earl Grey and orange pekoe, but sitting down in England with a scone or biscuit and a hot cup of tea is a truly unique experience.

Italy: Espresso

Sure, you can order an espresso at your local coffee joint here, but sipping an espresso in Italy is something else altogether. If you find the flavour too potent, simply get your espresso fix in a latte or a cappuccino.

Tequila shotMexico: Tequila

True Mexican tequila comes from the agave plant found in and around the city of Tequila. It is a strong liquor that ranges widely in price and quality. Traditionally it is consumed straight out of a glass, but it can also be mixed into other beverages, or a shot of it can be preceded with a lick of salt and then followed by biting into a slice of lime.

India: Lassi

An Indian lassi is made by blending plain yogurt with water and adding specific herbs and spices. It can be sweetened with honey or the sugar of your choosing. Or for an extra-special treat, the drink can be combined with fruits of the region, such as mangos.

Greece: Frappe

A Greek frappe is a combination of instant coffee, ice and cold water that is then shaken into a cool, frothy beverage. Sugar and milk can also be added to the mix. Nothing takes the edge off a blistering-hot day in Greece like a refreshing frappe.

L&PNew Zealand: Lemon & Paeroa

L & P is a carbonated lemon drink that originated in the town of Paeroa. It is packaged in bottles and cans similar to what you would see beer come in, and can be found all over New Zealand.

Japan: Sake

Sake is an alcoholic beverage made of fermented rice that can be served cold, at room temperature or hot. How you consume sake depends on your personal preferences, the season and the quality of the brand.

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