02/09/2012 07:10 am ET Updated Apr 10, 2012

20 Unique Drinks From Around The World (PHOTOS)

Even if you're not a big drinker, sampling a unique local beverage can be a fun way to spice up your travels and learn something about the culture at the same time. Often, these drinks are made with local ingredients you may not find elsewhere, giving your taste buds a special memory of a place -- as long as you don't go overboard, that is. After all, it does no good to learn about the culture through its alcohol if you can't remember what you learned the next day.

Some of the drinks featured here aren't necessarily strange or exotic, but they're certainly representative of their location and -- in many cases -- will be unfamiliar enough to outsiders that it's good to have a bit of an introduction before you arrive.

Food and drink are a major part of a destination. Different drinks are part of a country's fabric, their culture, their celebrations, even their religion. Even though many of these drinks may seem odd to you and I, they are all worth trying at least once (well, maybe not the toe one). In no particular order, here are 20 unique drinks from around the world that you may want to add to your list of things to try:

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