Corsica has some really good, award-winning wines, but I thought I could enlighten you on some other drinks you’ll find on the island.
Yes, there is beer in Corsica! And it’s good, according to connoisseurs. Pietra, the most famous one, is a beer made from Corsican chestnut flour, Serena is a blonde ale of 100% pure malt and Colomba is a white beer made from various Mediterranean plants.
Mouss’or and Liptonic
Mouss‘or is a Corsican soda that tastes like apple and caramel. This is the drink of our childhood, the one you had in your picnic basket when you went to the beach or to the river. Both Mouss’or and for some reason also Liptonic, the Lipton ice tea, are very popular in Corsica. They are the non-alcoholic party drinks of my childhood and teenage years. This is what we drunk when we were 13 and trying to get a good taste in our mouth before exchanging our first French kiss with a boy /girl at the village party. They taste like long lost innocence!
Here is where you can buy some Mouss‘or
That’s for adults only, and not for the faint of heart. Myrtle liquor is made from the myrtle berries, a common Mediterranean plant. It can be from 25 to 35 degrees strong. After a heavy Corsican meal of pulenda and chestnut cakes, it can ease your digestion. On an empty stomach, it’s a good method to become fluent in Corsican and a proficient polyphonic singer. Works every time!
There was already Mecca Cola, now there is also Corsica Cola, the Corsican version of Coca Cola. The recipe is a secret, of course.
But Coca Cola is originally Corsican anyways! Indeed, a Corsican chemist, Angelo Mariani, invented a tonic wine in 1863 from coca leaves and wine. It had a tremendous success and the happy chemist implemented his business in the United States under the name “French wine Cola”. In 1885, Doctor Pemberton in Atlanta made the non-alcoholic version, and you know the rest!
Orezza, Zilia and Saint Georges
Those are the Corsican bottled mineral waters. Zilia and Saint Georges are still waters. Orezza is sparkling; instead of asking for a glass of sparkling water, most people will just directly ask for “an Orezza, please”. Saint Georges bottles were designed by French designer Philippe Starck, they are quite elegant !