Chinese Drinks

China’s ancient wines are made out of food grains like broomcorn, millet, and rice.
Photo by: Tan Ah Beng, Creative Commons

Every country has their own unique line of food and drinks. The Republic of China is no exception. They have unique Chinese drinks and cuisines that attract not only those who are living there, but also tourists. Among the most popular drinks and beverages in China are alcoholic drinks.

Since China is considered to be among the first countries to invent alcohol, it is not surprising why they have a huge variety of alcoholic beverages. Their most ancient wines are actually made out of food grains including broomcorn, millet, and rice.

One of the most famous alcohols in China at present is called Yellow Alcohol. It is made out of broomcorn, millet, or glutinous rice. Its alcohol content ranges from fifteen to twenty percent. Its amber color is the reason why it acquired the name of Yellow Alcohol. Yellow Alcohol is best served when warm. Prior to serving, it is first heated with the help of metals like brass, pewter or wine pot. Heating is done as it is proven that warm alcohol is a good appetizer and it is generally friendly to the stomach.

Another example of the most popular Chinese drinks at present is called Mao-tai. In fact, this drink always stays on top of the list of the most famous drinks in the Republic of China. Its name was taken from a town of the same name in Guizhou Province, China. This is where the drink was produced and invented. Mao-tai is also considered to be the diplomatic drink or national drink of China. During holidays or any other festive occasions, this drink is often served to friends and relatives.

Mao-tai is made out of Chinese sorghum, and its distiller’s yeast is comprised of wheat and local spring water. The manufacturing process of Mao-tai is also composed of eight distillations and long periods of fermentation, lasting for at least one month. The fermentation is then followed by yeast addition. It would take at least eight months before the entire process is complete; the aging process for this would also take three years. Only then will this drink be deemed to be distributable to the public.

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