365 Drinks: #69 Homemade Georgian “Mojito” (Georgia)

Georgian mohito chacha
Georgian mojito chacha

Wine doing its thing in the background

Only one day in Batumi and we hit the road again. Next stop Kutaisi. The second largest city of Georgia was about a three-hour drive away. It got pretty cold and it is still raining. So what else can you do besides going to a pub and afterwards to a restaurant? Well that’s what we did. And since Georgia is so famous for wine, why not make a good bottle of red wine from the restaurant the drink of the day? Because we went home and our hosts offered homemade “Georgian Mojito”. Sounds better than some lousy red wine.

So the “Georgian Mojito” is based on a grape chacha (the Georgian version of grappa) that the producer (our host) mixed with fresh mint leaves. The drink itself is green and has a distinct mint smell. The taste is that of a strong alcohol but with the refreshing kick of mint. Unlike the Bulgarian menta, the mint is fresh, and you can taste it. I am not a big fan of mint alcohol, but this one was pretty good.

You gotta love any drink named “chacha”, and the guesthouse owners estimate their chacha to be a whopping 65%!! The next morning they gave us some of the same stuff for breakfast, but flavoured with tarragon instead.

7

The Breakdown


Aroma
7
Taste
7
Drinkability
6
Alcoholic punch
8



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