Three Spirits for the International Adventure Skier
FOUND IN: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia
WHAT IT IS: Fermented mare’s milk
TASTE: The front is creamy; the finish provides a horse-like kick, a perfect reminder of what you’re actually consuming.
FOUND IN: Iceland WHAT IT IS: Aquavit TASTE: A bit like rubbing alcohol, but the best chaser when eating hákarl, Icelandic fermented shark meat.
RIGA BLACK BALSAM
FOUND IN: Latvia
WHAT IT IS: Herbal bitter TASTE: Very strong overtones of herbs, buds, flowers, oils, berries, and alcohol. Enjoyed by some, described as “cough syrup mixed with vodka” by others.