15 Popular Drinks & How To Pronounce Them Properly

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15 Popular Drinks & How To Pronounce Them Properly

Wednesday, 27 April 16
  • Wednesday, 27 April 16
  • James

One of the great things about alcohol is the sheer variety of different tipples from around the world.

On the other hand, it can be pretty tough to get your head around all of those tongue-twisting names, so here are some of the most popular.

Caipirinha – Kai-Pee-Reen-Ya

This Brazillian favourite is the perfect summer drink, but can be a bit of a toughie to actually order.

That rogue ‘H’ is what throws most people, so try and ignore it next time you’re at a beach bar ordering this refreshing mix of Cachaça, sugar and lime.

Mai Tai – My-Tie

Maybe not as difficult as others on the list, but you’d be surprised how many people we hear order a ‘May Tay’.

This cocktail is made from rum, fruit juice and orgeat syrup, and if in doubt, think of the Muay Thai martial art, or simply look at that thing around your neck: “My Tie”!

Daiquiri – Da-Kih-Ree

The daiquiri comes in many different guises, whether it be served up with a banana, avocado, or frozen.

Just remember when you’re getting them in, that the ‘qu’ sound is more of a ‘k’, like in everybody’s favourite grain to pronounce, quinoa!

Cachaça – Ka-Cha-Sa

This rum-like spirit is used to make the Caipirinha we mentioned earlier and seems fairly straightforward until you notice that the second ‘c’ appears to have a little worm crawling out of it.

Don’t let this worry you, all it means is that this ‘c’ should be pronounced as an ‘s’ instead.

Moët – Mo-Wett

Yep, you already know this one right? It’s French, therefore, it’s pronounced “mo-ay”? Wrong! While this champagne is French, its founder, Claude Moët was Dutch, and so it is pronounced with a hard ‘t’.

Laphroaig – Lah-Froyg

So which exotic country is this one from? That’s right, Scotland. In fact, some Scotch whiskies can be the most difficult drinks to pronounce, with Laphroaig probably being the most notorious.

Curaçao – Koor-a-sow

Used as an ingredient in the Mai Tai we mentioned earlier, this orange liqueur is a favourite in the Caribbean, and remember, the ‘ç’ is an ‘s’!

Lillet – Lee-Lay

Perhaps best known as an ingredient in a Vesper (James Bond’s cocktail of choice), Lillet is a French aperitif wine, and if you paid attention in GCSE French you’ll know that the ‘t’ is silent.

Tokaj – Tok-Eye

While the ‘j’ makes Tokaj hard enough to pronounce, it’s also worth bearing in mind that you might also hear ‘Toakaji’ which is pronounced exactly the same, but is an adjective which refers to all the wines from the same region in Hungary! Confusing, right?

Txakoli – Cha-Koli

Lighter more refreshing wines are becoming more popular nowadays, but it’d be understandable if you didn’t fancy asking for one of these at the bar. How did that ‘x’ even get there!?

Cointreau – Kwan-Troh

Cointreau is a triple sec (orange liqueur), which is used in many cocktails such as margaritas and cosmopolitans.

Despite its popularity, people still have a bit of a hard time actually pronouncing it, but it’s more straightforward than you might think.

Bruichladdich – Brook-Laddie

Another gift from our Scottish pals, it’s particularly amusing to try and see an American try and pronounce this one! Try and avoid the temptation to say ‘brook-laddick’!

Fernet-Branca – Fair-Net Bran-Ka

This herbal liqueur has a bitter taste and has been claimed to be a hangover cure, although we’re not sure we buy that.

This is a case of not trying to be too clever. While you would think that ‘Fernet’ might have a silent ‘t’, it actually doesn’t.

Boulevardier – Bou-Levard-Ee-Ay

This classy wine is on the higher end of the scale, but if you do ever find yourself ordering a glass, you don’t want to get caught out.

Just think of a ‘boulevard’ and add a classy flourish of ‘ee-ay’!

Bunnahabhain – Bun-A-Hav-In

We’ve saved probably the toughest for last, and you guessed it, it’s another whisky! It would take a very brave person to order this single malt, the name of which translates to ‘foot of the river’.

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