Participate in a Kava Ritual in Fiji
While not strictly “alcoholic,” this Fiji drink made from the kava root is a liquid anti-anxiety pill. Drinking kava is a ceremonial experience with complicated etiquette rules. At the ceremony, the eldest man enters the house followed by the rest of the men, then women, and everyone takes a seat. The eldest man presents the root to the village chief, and, if it is accepted, the villagers grind it up, mix it with water and strain it into a bowl. The drink is offered first to the chief, then to the village executives, then to you. Clap once, yell “bula!,” and drink it in one gulp. Then clap three times and say “mathe!” Drinking it will make you feel calm and tingly, just like your favorite cocktail—or a Xanax. Once this is all said and done, dancing breaks out and the true celebration begins.