Ten beverages you have to try in New Zealand!
1. Flat white
The flat white is synonymous to New Zealand coffee culture. Its name is a mystery and its ownership a contested debate between NZ and Australia, but for story’s sake and perhaps nationalism, we’ll claim it. Fizzy drink that loses its fizz is referred to as ‘flat’ and in Wellington, 1989, a failed cappuccino was referred to as a ‘flat white’ – thus a beautiful new coffee was born. A double shot of espresso combined with thick, silky milk that has a thin band of foam head. Less milky than a latte, less foamy than a cappuccino.
2. Lemon & Paeroa aka L&P:
Delicious lemony fizz made in Paeroa, New Zealand. The year 2018 marks 50 years of this beverage’s 7 metre monument being erected in Paeroa to celebrate the success of this Kiwi favourite.
3. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough produces a white wine grape variety that put New Zealand on the international wine map. Sauvignon is usually full of pungent, grassy flavours that are internationally associated with New Zealand wine style. Pairs well with green vegetables, salad, dishes filled with herbs, and grilled fish.
4. Lewis Road Creamery flavoured milk
Begun with a pottle of chocolate milk and when first released this beverage sold out across New Zealand. It wasn’t long until homemade replicas were created on the black market (or brown, rather) combining Whittaker’s chocolate and milk. Believe the hype! Lewis Road Creamery has since extended their range of flavoured milk to include double caramel milk, strawberry and Irish coffee.
5. Speight’s Beer
Speight’s was born in 1876 and is synonymous to kiwi-bloke-rugby-culture. On the first Saturday of summer some New Zealanders choose to celebrate crate day – a very unofficial New Zealand holiday where people attempt to drink a crate of beer (12 beers).
Phoenix was born in 1986, with a cola that uses real kola nuts and organic malt. The range has since extended to include a range of sodas and juices – all certified organic, no artificial ingredients and no preservatives.
7. Spring water
Most rural areas in New Zealand provide water from a local spring that tastes sweet, clean and pure. The Blue Spring in Waikato is so pure that it supplies 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water. It’s also a really cool walkway.
8. Craft beer
Craft beer is defined as being made in a traditional way by a small brewery so it seems natural that New Zealand follow trend. Ideas begun brewing, sheds and backyards became breweries and Kiwis got crafty. If you’re in Auckland – try Sweatshop on a Friday night that has a live band (and craft beer).
9. Stolen rum
Jamie Duff, founder, worked in bars to pay his way through a law degree and noticed a gap in the rum market – traded in the corporate grind to pursue his passion and created Stolen Rum. At the time, Duff, was reading a book about the history of rum and its associations to the slave trade and piracy, so it made sense to create an appealing and provocative name, ‘Stolen’. The rum’s popularity is thanks to its flavour – buttery with notes of toffee apple and Christmas spices.
10. Charlies orange juice
Started in 1999 when three childhood friends joined forces, started hand juicing oranges and created the sweetest and pulpiest juice – not made from concentrate!