Switzerland, a nation known for its neutrality, will be at battle to keep their World Cup hopes alive today against Honduras. With a win or a draw they could advance outright or on goal differential. A loss, and their hopes are gone. The Swiss have a rich and robust history and culture which certainly includes bites and boozes that are world renowned. Swiss cuisine is heavily influenced by their neighbors of France, Italy, and Germany. Still, they have managed to create cultural products of their own, notably cheese and chocolate! As for a Swiss beverage, I would foolish not to discuss Absinthe!
Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic (45–74% ABV) beverage. It is an anise-flavoured spiritderived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium, commonly referred to as "grande wormwood". Absinthe traditionally has a natural green color but can also be colorless. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as "la fée verte" (the Green Fairy). Although it is sometimes mistakenly called a liqueur, absinthe is not bottled with added sugar and is therefore classified as a spirit. Absinthe is unusual among spirits in that it is bottled at a very high proof but is normally diluted with water when consumed. Absinthe originated in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. The first clear evidence of absinthe in the modern sense of a distilled spirit containing green anise and fennel dates to the 18th century. According to popular legend, absinthe began as an all-purpose patent remedy created by Dr. Pierre Ordinaire, a French doctor living in Switzerland, around 1792.
For a few notes about Swiss beer, check the BR Beer Scene!