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Great Britain's longstanding culinary traditions are known throughout the world. And this applies not only to dishes, but also to traditional English drinks. As in many other things, British people usually refrain from daring experiments in the production of their drinks, so the recipe and composition have remained unchanged for many centuries.
If we talk about soft drinks, then, perhaps, first of all, it is worth mentioning tea – a drink that is traditionally associated with England throughout the world. The British nation has not changed its deep love for this aromatic drink for many years and annually consumes it in huge quantities.
The most `` English '' a variant of this drink is tea with the addition of milk. In this case, it is very important to pour milk into tea, and not vice versa. The British are convinced that otherwise the tradition will be broken and the scent will change. Tea drinking – the most important action that almost defines a neat English daily routine. In addition, it is best to have long small conversations over a cup of tea, this is an occasion to get together with your family or a group of old friends.
However, among traditional English drinks, much more space is allotted to alcohol, recipes for making aromatic strong drinks are passed down from generation to generation and are highly valued by the British. Suffice it to recall the great popularity of such a traditionally British institution as a pub, serving beer, whiskey, ale and much more.
Whiskey is the oldest British alcoholic beverage and has been brewed for centuries. Whiskey can be made from malt, grain, or a blend of the two. The British prefer Scotch malt whiskey. They drink it at 25 grams and, unlike the Americans, clean, without ice. The most popular varieties are Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich or Laphroaig.
Another common drink of the British is ale, which is made with barley malt and tastes like beer, but the taste of ale is richer and denser, and the color is darker. Once in the pub, you are supposed to order a pint of ale (568 ml), after all, draft ale is the best. It comes in regular, red, pale and dark (the strongest).
Another drink that has spread throughout the world, but evokes associations with Britain, is cider, which is essentially a fermented fruit juice. Most often, cider is made from apples or pears, but variations are possible. There is no alcohol at all in carbonated and sweet cider, but you should be careful, it is easy to get very drunk from it. Connoisseurs advise ordering a pint on tap from the pub or buying it in a glass bottle but not in a can.
In addition to the above, the British often drink gin, vodka, brandy, grog. Popular in British pubs and beer may not be as popular as in Germany or the Czech Republic, but there are also beer traditions here. For example, porter and stronger fruit-based stout are typically British beers. It can also be interesting to try the butter beer known to many from the Harry Potter books.
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Topic: UK Drinks.