Isn’t it funny all the different kinds of drinking vessels aroung the world? Before living in England, I used to drink my coffee (or tea) in a cup – the kind that has a handle and a narrow base and which you normally use with a saucer. But for many (too many!) years now, I’ve been a mug user – mugs are fun and practical, I find. Cups and saucers only come out of my cupboard on special occasions.
The French often like their morning ‘caf? au lait’ (white coffee) in (usually quite big) bowls, at least for breakfasts at home. In the Middle and Far East, tiny cups are used – Arabic or Turkish coffee is (endlessly) drunk in tiny handle-less cups, with or without a holder.
Have you ever drunk wine from a ‘bota’, a typical Spanish leather bag? It gives the wine a lovely, unmistakable flavour and keeps it nice and cool. The ‘bota’ was a common (and important!) feature in my childhood picnics. I was never able to properly drink out of this kind of shepherd’s sack, and often spilled some wine on myself. Unfortunately, it is hardly ever used nowadays – saldetraglia.blogspot.com/2004/07/rock-bota.html.
We also have the ‘botijo’, which is a traditional clay water jug that is also falling out of use, except perhaps in the south, and has become a decorative item – ramonsa.com/botijos/index.html .
As with the ‘bota’ or the ‘porr?n’ (another traditional glass wine pitcher), a skillful and artful drinking technique is required.
And how about the famous German beer mug for that wonderful ‘liquid nourishment’, as the Bavarians call it. No special skill is needed for that one ! A nice, cool, overflowing beer ‘Krug’ and a TV set must be two favourite companions for many a soccer fan these days… Prost!