Beverages in Creation?

[#][F] John Mørke - 1/29/2013
Hey guys.

In the "spirit" of keeping Exalted fresh and lively, I am looking to expand my knowledge about beverages in the ancient world. Do you know of any books or other resources that might interest me?

Also, if you know of any exotic drinks, or ancient drinks that you think particularly fit the feel of Exalted, fire away. Specifically, I am wondering what the most common drinks would be in places like Nighthammer or the docks of a western port city.

[#][F] John Mørke - 1/29/2013
This thread explodes with awesome.

What is the difference between ale and beer, if any?

[#][F] Chai Tea - 1/29/2013
Some Pacific Islander groups make a drink out of kava, which acts as a mild sedative--it's used to relax, without getting drunk. It'd be right at home in Creation.

[#][F] Chai Tea - 1/29/2013
Some Pacific Islander groups make a drink out of kava, which acts as a mild sedative--it's used to relax, without getting drunk. It'd be right at home in Creation.

Edit:

Solarn wrote:

Also, there was already beer in Mesopotamia before the Egyptian civilization really got going.
Yes. As a matter of fact, the world's oldest beer recipe dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, worked into a prayer to Ninkasi, the goddess of beer, as a mnemonic. Because the Sumerians were that serious about their beer.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/29/2013
The beginnings of tea technology is when people are starving enough that they're willing to try boiling leaves and tree bark and stuff to extract its nutrients. There is basically nothing that people have not tried to boil into edibility.

So, tea. Tea made from bark. Tea made from nettles. Tea made from leaves. Anything sufficiently non-toxic that drinking it boiled is better than starving to death eventually gets turned into some culture's ritualistic gourmet beverage.

And just as there's nothing people will not try to boil, there's nothing they will not try to ferment.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1/30/2013
danelsan wrote:
I wonder what sorts of truly bizarre food and drinks you get on those tribes living near the wyld, or sold/offered as a temptation by the Raksha... anyone wants a dose of fermented dream with fire juice, cooled with frozen nostalgia?

For something to become a cultural touchstone, it needs to be produced reliably.

Generally speaking tribes living near the Wyld will have an abhorrence of Wyld-tainted shit, and traditions set against letting it gain traction.