Drinks

 

ALE

BAZI TEA

BLACKWINE

CHOCOLATE

FALARIAN WINE

KA-LA-NA

KAL-DA

LARMA JUICE

LIANA VINE

MEAD

MILK

MULLED WINE

PAGA

PALM WINE

RENCE BEER

SLAVE WINE

SUL PAGA

TA WINE

 

TURIAN LIQUOR

TURIAN WINE

WINE

A Note on Ice

 

ALE

Gorean Ale is closer to a honey lager than an actually earth ale or beer it is a deep golden color. Popular in the area of Torvaldsland, it is traditionally served in a tankard or horn. It can be served cold or room temperature. Return to top

The Forkbeard himself now, from a wooden keg, poured a great tankard of ale, which must have been of the measure of five gallons. Over this he then closed his fist. It was the sign of the hammer, the sign of Thor. The tankard then, with two great bronze handles, was passed from hands to hands among the rowers. The men threw back their heads and, the liquid spilling down their bodies, drank ale. It was the victory ale.
Marauders of Gor, page 82

BAZI TEA:

The tea from Bazi is very much like the orange pekoe of Urth. Traditionally it was served exclusively in higher class establishments. The service of Bazi tea is a ceremonial ritual, and rarely changed.
It is now a popular drink in the Tahari and several other select areas, it is drunk in three tiny cups, heavily sugared. Brewed fresh from bazi tea leaves, we can assume the tea itself to be quite strong. (do not try this unless you know the steps totally)
Tea is extremely important to the nomads. It is served hot and heavily sugared. It gives them strength then, in virture of the sugar, and cools them, by making them sweat as well as stimulating them. It is drunk three small cups at a time, carefully measured.
Tribesmen of Gor, page 38 and 140; Beasts of Gor pg 206
Here is a traditional serving ceremony

  1. you go to the fireplace to check and see that the water is boiling. If there is not enough water, refill the kettle.

  2. go to the sideboard and get the traditional teapot with three cups. The cups are small and delicate. The pot holds about 6 cups and is also delicate porcelain.

  3. take the pot to the kettle and fill it. Allow the water to warm the pot and then dump it back into the kettle. Refill with boiling water.

  4. take the pot to the sideboard (counter) and put in two or three pinches of leaves from the black lacquer chest inlaid with the Taverns crest (the chest contains native Gorean tea from Bazi).

  5. place a goodly portion of red sugar in one cup, yellow sugar in a second cup, and mixed red and yellow in the third cup.

  6. take the tea and the cups to the one being served.

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BLACKWINE (noun):

Made from coffee beans brought back on one of the early Voyages of Acquisition, this is the same as the coffee of Urth. On Gor, the beans are grown on the slopes of the Thentis Mountains. This drink is rather expensive due to limited trading of the product.They are smaller than the originals.
Blackwine first slave is usually delivered with a small bowl of bosk cream (usually powdered) and 2 small bowls of sugar, one of White sugar and one of Yellow sugar, or prepared at the sideboard per the Free Person's specifications.
Blackwine second slave, when used referring to the serving of black wine, indicates that the consumer prefers to drink it without sugar or milk. The phrase originated from the ancient tradition of having the sugar and milk placed in the cup by one slave, after which the beverage was poured into the cup by a second slave.
Plain blackwine can be had even in lower class establishments. Served steaming hot, it can also be served in the style of the desert in small cups, very hot, thick and sweet with rock sugar. One bean ground will make enough blackwine to serve several servings and that it is usually pre-made in a kettle and not made for individual servings
"She carried a tray, on which were various spoons and sugars. She knelt, placing her tray upon the table. With a tiny spoon, its tip no more than a tenth of a hort in diameter, she placed four measures of white sugar, and six of yellow, in the cup; with two stirring spoons, one for the white sugar, another for the yellow, she stirred the beverage after each measure. She then held the cup to the side of her cheek, testing its temperature; Ibn Saran glanced at her; she, looking at him, timidly kissed the side of the cup and placed it before him. Then, head down, she withdrew." page 89,Tribesmen of Gor

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CHOCOLATE

Warmed chocolate, sugared, is popular in some cities. The cocoa beans originally brought over from the Voyages of Acquisition are now grown in the jungles of Gor themselves. Made from beans brought back on one of the early Voyages of Acquisition, this is the same as the chocolate of Earth. Hot chocolate is served in high-class establishments, as its rarity costs dearly, but it is a favorite of Master Wulfgar who enjoys it served with a dollop of freshly whipped bosk cream floating upon the top.
"This is warmed chocolate," I said, pleased. It was very rich and creamy. "Yes, Mistress," said the girl. "It is very good," I said. "Thank you, Mistress," she said. "Is it from Earth?" I asked."Not directly," she said. "Many things here, of course, ultimately have an Earth origin. (Kajira of Gor, page 61)

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FALARIAN WINE

Is rare wine, very expensive and never proven to exist.

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KA-LA-NA

A full bodied wine distilled from the fruit of the ka-la-na tree. It is red in color and can be served cold, over ice chips, warm or even hot (as is prefered in Treve). The best and sweetest comes from the Plains of Ka-la-na and the most famous bottlers of this wine are from Glorious Ar. This drink can symbolize romantic love.
I went to his locker near the mat and got out his Ka-la-na flask, taking a long draught myself and then shoving it into his hands. He drained the flask in one drink and wiped his hand across his beard, stained with the red juice of the fermented drink. Tarnsman of Gor, page 79 & 168

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KAL-DA

Kal-da : A beverage, served hot from copper kettles, of inexpensive red Ka-la-na wine to which slices and juices of fruits, such as tospit and larma, and mulling spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, are added. It is served in the fashion of the Sangria of Urth, with pieces of the fruits and spices floating on top of the liquid. Kalda may be less expensive than other alcoholic options. The spices and combination of fruits vary.
But make no mistake: Kalda is a Warrior's drink, not suited to the tongue of a Merchant or Scribe. It recalls the victory of Tharna of Warriors over their captors, the masked Mistresses, and should therefore always be served only in a silver goblet (to harken back to the melting of the silver masks into collars.) Be prepared to serve Kalda in great quantities to a Warrior in such a reminiscent mood! Outlaw of Gor pg 76

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LARMA JUICE

This is one of the many types of fruit juices available on Gor. Served cool and at times sold from stands to passing travelers within or around a city. (word of warning, offering larma juice means a slave wishes to be taken and used)
I purchased some larma juice for a tarsk bit. "Is it cool," I asked. "Yes," she said. (Mercenaries of Gor, pg 257)

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LIANA VINE

A rainforest plant which can be used as a source of drinking water.
Another useful source of water is the liana vine. One makes the first cut high, over one’s head, to keep the water from being withdrawn by contraction and surface adhesion up the vine.

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MEAD

Ale, made with fermented honey, water, spices - favored over hot paga in the north. This sweet drink is popular among those in Torvaldsland and other outlying areas. Traditionally served in a drinking horn but can be served in tankard.
Mead is fermented with honey. this sweet drink is popular among those in Torvaldsland and other outlying areas. Traditionally served in a drinking horn. "Here Jarl," said Thyri, again handing me the horn. It was filled with the mead of Torvaldsland, brewed from fremented honey, think and sweet. (Marauders of Gor, page 90)

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MILK

Three types of milk are mentioned within the books.

  • Bosk milk which is thick and sweet.

  • Verr milk which is much like goat milk.

  • Sand kaiila milk which is redish colored and very salty.

    The Wagon Peoples also drink fermented bosk milk curds.
    The quotes on bosk milk are numerous, verr milk is mentioned in book 10 I believe and sand kaiila milk is also mentioned in the tahari region.
    "When the meat was ready Kamchak ate his fill, and drank down, too, a flagon of bosk milk; I did the same, though the milk, at least for me, did not sit too well with the Paga of the afternoon. (Nomads of Gor, page 139)

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    MULLED WINE

    Heated ka-la-na, with mulling spices. Usually garnished with a piece of ka-la-na fruit or tospit, served in a goblet. (IRC invention)

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    PAGA

    A grain-based, distilled hard liquor akin to whiskey. The common abbreviated form of Pagar-Sa-Tarna, literally meaning, "pleasure of the life-daughter", the expression is related to Sa-Tassna, the expression for meat, or food in general, which means Life-Mother. Paga is a very strong alcoholic beverage distilled from the Sa-Tarna grain, and similar to nothing of Urth. Paga is traditionally served warm, although there are regional preferences and styles. Our Paga is a rancid, lumpy brew made only for the palate of strong Warriors. In Paga taverns, there is usually a Paga attendant- a male employee, who supervises the serving of Paga by slavegirls, and collects payment for the Paga and the use of the slavegirls. It sometimes symbolizes physical love.
    I decided, if worse came to worst, that I could always go to a simple Paga Tavern where, if those of Tharna resembled those of Ko-ro-ba and Ar, one might, curled in a rug behind the low tables, unobtrusively spend the night for the price of a pot of Paga. Outlaw of Gor, page 74, Tarnsman of Gor pg 43-44 and 61

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    PALM WINE

    A drink mentioned briefly with no description available. As its wine assumed served cold or room temp. (Explorers of Gor" p. 429)

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    RENCE BEER

    Normally kept in gourd flagons, it is a drink popular with the rence growers who produce it themselves. Rarely found outside of the rence islands.
    I had also been used to carry heavy kettles of rence beer from the various islands to the place of feasting, as well as strings of water gourds, poles of fish, plucked gants, slaughtered tarsks, and baskets of the pith of rence. Raiders of Gor, page 41

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    SLAVE WINE(Sip Root):

    A bitter root, which can either be made into a liquid contraceptive, or chewed, for the same result. The effect of the sip root, in most women is effective for three or four months. In the concentrated state, as in slave wine, developed by the caste of Physicians, the effect is almost indefinite, usually requiring a releaser for it remission, usually administered, to a slave, in what is called the breeding wine, or the second wine.
    Blood Brothers of Gor page 319

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    SUL PAGA

    This beverage is quite different from its rancid, lumpy cousin, Pagar-Sa-Tarna. Sul Paga is distilled from Suls, rather than Sa-Tarna grain, and this strong alcoholic brew is said by some to be somewhat akin to Urth vodka of the regions of frozen north Russia. Sul Paga is a strong, clear drink. It is normall found in peasant villages and is said to be so strong that the babies of peasants born nine months later are born drunk. It can be served at any temperature.
    Sul paga is, when distilled, though the Sul itself is yellow, as clear as water. The Sul is a tuberous root of the Sul plant; it is a Gorean staple. He could have been commenting only on the potentcy of the drink, for Sul paga is almost tasteless. One does not guzzle Sul paga.
    Slave Girl of Gor, page 134

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    TA WINE

    A wine created from the ta grapes in the vineyards of Cos, it is redish in color (or atleast the grapes themselves are) and normally would then be served at room temperature.
    "It was Ta wine, from the Ta grapes of the terraces of Cos...In the last year heavy import duties had been levied by the high council of Vonda against the wines of certain other cities, in particular against the Ka-la-nas of Ar." Fighting Slave of Gor, page 306

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    TURIAN LIQUOR

    Thick sweet liquors, served in tiny glasses, rather like the dessert wines of Earth. Turian liquors are said to be some of the best liquors on Gor.
    She picked up the small tray from the stand near the table. On it was the small vessel containing a thick, sweet liqueur from distant Turia, the Ar of the south, and the two tiny glasses from which we had sipped it. Exlporers of Gor, page 10

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    TURIAN WINE

    Thick syrupy wines, flavored and sugared to the point where one could almost leave their fingerprint upon the surface of the drink. It is a very acquired taste.
    I did not much care for the sweet, syrupy wines of Turia, flavored and sugared to the point where one could almost leave one's fingerprint on their surface. Nomads of Gor, page 83-84

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    WINE

    There are many types of wine available on Gor. Though not all are specifically mentioned there are various passing references to the varieties of wines served at dinners throughout the books. Therefor hearing someone ask for a 'white wine' or a 'dry red wine' should not cause shock.
    "In a Gorean supper in a house of wealth, in the course of the supper, with varied courses, eight to ten wines might be served, each suitably and congruously matched with respect to texture and bouquet not only to one another but to the accompanying portions of food." Fighting Slave of Gor, page 277
    "The first wine, a light white wine, was being deferentially served..." Fighting Slave of Gor, page 276

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    A Note on Ice

    There was no refrigeration on Gor, this made ice rather expensive to acquire at certain times of the year and certainly made cold storage very difficult. The average Tavern or Inn will not have bowls of ice just lying around for anyone to play with and if they have managed to acquire ice, it certainly will not be drinkable as it will be from a natural source and most likely dirty and covered in sawdust to maintain its chill.

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