• 19.10.2017
  • Tereza Vítková

Traditional Czech Drinks

What to drink in the Czech Republic?
Heading to the Czech Republic and thinking about what to drink there? Well, you probably know already that Czechs are a beer nation. But, believe me or not, there's more than the beer. Whether it's alcoholic or purely a refreshing bottle of water, have a browse to find out our recommendations of what to drink when in Prague.

Alcoholic beverages
Well, going to a Czech pub for dinner and / or a few beers is a must! In fact, beer is cheaper than water in most bars, pubs and restaurants. The interesting thing about Czech beer is that it's largely a local thing. While there are brands you can get anywhere (like Budweiser Budvar, Gambrinus, Krušovice, Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen), small local breweries continue with strong growth.

Czech Republic is not often thought of as wine country, but there are some really good local wines that you should try while visiting. For white wines, try Veltlínské zelené (Green Veltliner), Muškát moravský (Moravian Muscatel), Ryzlink rýnský (Rhine Riesling) or Tramín (Traminer), or red wines such as Frankovka (Blaufrankisch), Modrý Portugal (Blue Portugal, named after the grape, not the country), or Svatovavřinecké (Saint Lawrence). The most famous wine regions are located in South Moravia and I'm pretty sure that the area will surprise you not only with delicious wine but also with its wonderful nature and their hospitable inhabitants.
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The traditional herbal liqueur is produced in Karlovy Vary and it is said that only two people know the secret of the entire production process... You can drink it as a aperitive or as a digestive after heavy Czech meals or make a "cocktail" called BeTon (which means Becherovka mixed with Tonic), literally translated as "concrete".

Fernet Stock
This herbal bitter - more commonly called Fernet, is made from a carefully guarded secret recipe based on 14 herbs from around the world. There's also a sweeter version called Fernet Stock Citrus (or simply Citrus). But if you prefer bitter taste, ask a bartender for Bavorák (Bavarian). You'll get a mixed drink of Fernet and tonic.

Medovina (Mead or Honey-wine)
Mead may be the ancestor of all alcoholic beverages, however its popularity is nowadays only a shadow of what it once was... Luckily, there are still some regional variants that help gain more followers. Especially around Christmas time, when a special hot version magically appears.

Slivovice (Plum Brandy)
Slivovice is traditionally made from plums, but other fruits may be used as well (e.g. made from apricot = meruňkovice; perry = hruškovice; cherry = třešňovice) and is considered as Moravian "national" drink. Slivovice is usually consumed at room temperature to bring out the flavor of the fruit and it's served in a small shot glass known locally as "panák" (literally: a dummy). But be warned: it usually contains around 40-50% of alcohol.

Tuzemák (Czech Rum)
Tuzemský (means domestic) rum or shortly known as "Tuzemák" is distilled from sugar beets (not from sugarcane) and it's the biggest selling spirit in the country.

Zelená (Peppermint liquor)
This green liquor is made from a combination of pure grain alcohol & peppermint leaves and it might resemble a toothpaste flavor.

Non alcoholic beverages
The origins of this popular mineral water date back to 19 century and currently is the brand ranked among the best known in Europe. You might notice their logo also out of bars or restaurants as the Mattoni brand takes part in the cultural, sports, as well as social life of the whole republic.

The soft drink was invited during communism as a substitute for Western cola-based drinks and
The company claims that in comparison with other colas, their Kofola contains less sugar (30%) and no phosphoric acid. But it does contain more caffeine (56%).

Home-made lemonade
Local, home-made lemonade is the recent trend. Almost every spot in the city produce (or claim that at least) their own lemonade with various flavors. The classic is raspberry, orange or ginger flavor but you can also taste basil, plum or lavender flavor.

Seasonal Drinks & Special Occasions
Sparkling wine – Bohemia Sekt
Bohemia Sect is one of the leading producers of sparkling wines and still wines in Central and Eastern Europe. It's an important part of any occasion here. Whether it's a corporate event, wedding or birthday party celebration, everyone drinks Bohemia Sect.

Burčák (Young wine)
Burčák, the fermented young wine that appears on the market from August till October, is a traditional Moravian beverage and most of Moravians suggest downing seven liters a year (!) to ensure good health.

Although grog is not a traditional Czech invention (you can thank to sailors in the British Navy from 17th century), it's still a very popular drink among Czechs, especially during cold winter days. So if you want to warm yourself up, make a mixture of rum, hot water, sugar and a slice of lemon.

Svařák (Mulled wine)
Svařené víno (mulled wine) is made of red wine, spices, cinnamon, orange peels and sometimes lemon. The mixture is heated up and typically served in mugs. This drink is very popular during the Christmas holidays and can easily be found at Christmas markets throughout the whole country.

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