FEELING ADVENTUROUS? RAISE A GLASS LIKE THE LOCALS IN THESE FAR-FLUNG RESORT DESTINATIONS.
Driving from the snowcapped mountains to the green valleys of Kyrgyzstan, there are plenty of people on the side of the road selling a cloudy liquid in unmarked plastic bottles. This is Kumis, the fermented milk of a mare, and it’s how the locals get a buzz on when vodka is scarce.
When you find yourself on a ski trip in Central Asia, a sip of Kumis is mandatory (and probably all you can stomach). Don’t bother with the refrigerated version found at grocery stores in Bishkek or Osh; instead go for the warm stuff on the side of the road. Just make sure someone takes your photo before the creamy goodness hits your lips, and after, when the taste of a horse’s exterior arrives just as the liquid slips down your throat.