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Karkade

( carcadet or carcade )

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EGYPT,SOUDAN Celebration drink in Africa. Bissap (dried Hibiscus flowers) is washed and boiled until coloration of the cooking water, then the cooled solution is filtered.
Sugar, nutmeg, and water of orange blossom can be added, or even tamarine juice, Baobab fruit juice, fresh ginger, lemongrass, etc. Bissap juice is also drunk in Senegal, Guinea (national drink), Mali (dableni), Ivory Coast, Egypt and Soudan (karkade). Bissap is drunk chilled or as a herbal tea. Hibiscus is part of the traditional african pharmacopeia and is used to treat many pains.

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RUSSIA,POLAND Fermented and slightly sparkling drink. There is two sorts of kefir : milky and fruity. Due to the fermentation this drink might be slightly alcoholized (1%). Milk or fruit kefir is an ancient form of fridgeless preservation of perishable food that was used by nomads until high antiquity.
Alive food formed of micro-organisms, kefir is considered as a probiotic and is appreciated for its digestive qualities : cleanse intestines naturally, support transit, reduce flatulence, etc. Russians have an abundant medical and scientific litterature about kefir and consider than its regular consumption improve general health status. They even call it the centenaries food. Kefir powder is available in ... Read next
Kinnie

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MALTA Local drink with quinquina and bitter orange, very popular in Malta. This drink is a mix which ingredients come from the XVIIIth century medicine : aromatic herbs, anise, ginseng and bitter orange of course. (See chinotto Italy). Kinnie, with its unique taste, is the favourite soda of maltese and is exported to several countries for the diaspora. The recipe, a bit sparkling and bitter, date of the fifties.
Kokum sherbet

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INDIA Refreshing nice colored drink containig dried kokum peels (Garcinia indica), water, sugar, cumin seeds powder, coriander and black pepper. This beverage is known to improve digestion and refresh the body.

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RUSSIA,CHINA Acidulated mongolian drink obtained by a symbiotic yeast and bacteria culture in a sweet medium : tea + white sugar or honey and grape juice. Kombucha or manchurian mushroom is an association of bacteria and yeast. It's traditionaly prepared in Russia or China with sweetened green or black tea.
Fermentation would give a sparkling drink containing organic acids, enzymes, B group vitamins, cafeine, etc. This drink is traditionaly known in several countries as a popular remedy for digestion problems. Some commercialized products are pasteurized or comprise preservatives, destroying thus the benefical bacteria and losing the hypothetic therapeutic effect. Kombucha is available in bio groceries... Read next

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KAZAKHSTAN, KIRGHIZISTAN National drink made with fermented mare's milk of Central Asia. This beverage is OK for lactose intolerants. Having a slight alcohol proportion, it has a particular strong smoked taste. This beverage can be preserved until two weeks, its taste becoming then much stronger. Koumis is produced in Turkestan and on kirghize plates and plains with the milk of mares elevated by nomads. Traditionaly the host offers a bowl of Koumis to his guests.
If you refuse this you would offend your host ! The mare's milk is churned in a leather bag "cleaned" with the smoke of pine branches, which gives the particular taste and smell to the drink. Pasteurization allowed a longer preservation of the product and e... Read next
Kvas

( Gira )

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RUSSIA,UKRAINE National bread-based drink (wheat, rye, barley) fermented sparkling and fruits (strawberry, apple, lemon, berries) or mint flavoured. Kvass is considered as a non-alcoholic drink in russian and ukrainian standards (2,2% alcohol max). Available in the majority of slave countries, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Serbia, Armenia and even in China ! This traditional beverage of russian countryside was formerly drunk only on summers but the bottles are now sold all year long and make competition with Coca and Pepsi cans. Moreover Coca-Cola launched its own brand of Kvas in 2008. wikipedia
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