Ale: The north regions, like Torvaldsland, have a strong ale. Ale
would be rarer outside of the northlands. In Torvaldsland, it would commonly be
served in a drinking horn. In taverns south or Torvaldsland, it would simply be
served in a cup or goblet.
Bazi Tea: This is an herbal tea that comes in many different varieties.
Consider all the varieties of tea on Earth and you can see the multitude of
possibilities for Bazi tea. Most people seem to forget that Bazi tea has such
variety. Bazi tea is a common Gorean drink, enjoyed by High and Low Castes. It
is commonly served hot and heavily sugared. It may be served in either of two
fashions. First, there is a more traditional and formal serve. This serve does
not reach the level of a Japanese tea ceremony, it is simply a more formal
serve. The tea is carefully measured into three tiny cups, which are drank in
rapid succession. Various sugars and milks may be added. Such a serve would
rarely, if ever, be done in a paga tavern. It is more likely to be done in one's
own home while entertaining. Second, Bazi tea is also drank informally, in
regular-sized cups, with or without sugars and milks. Some taverns may have a
pitcher of tea ready for its customers. Cakes and Bazi tea is a popular
breakfast on Gorean holidays.
Black Wine: This is a coffee-like drink made from beans grown in the
mountain city of Thentis. It is very strong and bitter. It is traditionally
served very hot, with yellow or white sugars and powdered bosk milk, in tiny
cups. Other sugars, spices or cream may also be served with it. The cups may
have small handles or not. In some ways, it is like expresso coffee. In the
river cities and some northern cities, the phrase "second slave" indicates that
you do not want any creams or sugars with your black wine. This comes from the
custom in some areas for two kajirae to serve black wine. One kajira is
responsible for putting down the cups, taking the orders and seeing that the
drink is prepared according to the customer's preferences. The second kajira
only pours the black wine. In some areas, there are more formal blackwine
services, such as in the Tahari region. Thentis does not trade the beans to make
this drink. In Thentis, it is commonly only served in High Caste Homes. It is an
expensive luxury outside the area of Thentis, affordable only by the wealthy.
Most paga taverns would not serve blackwine due to its rarity and expense.
Hot Chocolate: Warmed chocolate is made from the beans of the cacao
tree from the tropics. It is a rich and creamy drink. There are no known
marshmallows on Gor. Not all tavern would carry this item.
Juices: There are a variety of juices on Gor as there are numerous
fruits. Larma fruit juice is very popular.
Milk: Milk from the verr, bosk, and kaiila are common. Hot milk is also
drank. Kaiila milk is reddish and has a strong, salty taste as it has a lot of
ferrous sulphate. There are milk vendors in Gorean cities like the milkmen of Earth.
Beer: Rence beer is commonly available only in the marsh communities.
It is steeped, boiled and fermented from crushed seeds and the whitish pith of
the rence plant. It would be very rare to find this available in a tavern.
Falarian wine: This is an extremely rare wine that is rumored to exist.
It is said to cost enough gold to buy a city. There is some indication that it
does exist though only wealthy Ubars or Merchants might own a precious bottle.
No paga tavern would have this wine.
Fermented Milk Curds: This is an alcoholic drink among the Wagon
Peoples. It would be very rare to find this drink available outside of the lands
of the Wagon Peoples.
Kal-da: This is an alcoholic drink that is served hot, almost scalding.
It is made of diluted Ka-la-na wine, mixed with citrus juices and stinging
spices. It is cheap and most popular with the lower castes. Paga taverns that
catered to the Low Castes would serve this but higher class taverns would not.
Most Warriors would not deign to drink kal-da.
Ka-la-na: This is commonly an almost incandescent red wine, bright, dry
and powerful, made from the fruit of the Ka-la-na tree. The fruit can also be
used to make dry, sweet and light wines. There are actually quite a variety of
types of this wine. Many cities make their own brands and most people have their
personal preferences. Boleto's Nectar of the Public Slave Gardens is a major
brand of Ka-la-na served in Ar's public slave gardens. Boleto is a well-known
winegrower from the vicinity of Ar. He is famous for the production of a large
number of reasonably good, medium-grade Ka-la-nas. Ka-la-na is normally sold and
served in bottles. It is said that this wine makes any woman a slave if but for
an hour. An unnamed white wine exists on Gor and there are inferences in the
books that lead one to conclude that white, or other color, ka-la-na may exist.
There is no passage in the books that states ka-la-na is only red.
Mead: This is made with fermented honey, water and often spices. It is
primarily drank in the north and favored over paga there. It would be rare to
find this is a paga tavern.
Pagar-Sa-Tarna: This word translates to the "Pleasure of the
Life-Daughter" and it is commonly called "paga" for short. Its full name is
rarely used. It is a fermented brew made from Sa-Tarna grain. It is probably the
most popular alcoholic drink on Gor. There are many varieties, usually named for
their city of origin, such as Ar, Tyros, Ko-ro-ba, Helmutsport, Anango, and
Tharna. The primary difference in these pagas is usually the spices or grains
added. Paga is normally served at room temperature. Paga may also be served warm
or hot, which is most popular in Cos and the lands of the north. Some claim that
you feel the effects of paga sooner if it is heated. In taverns outside of Cos
and Torvaldsland, you would need to specifically asked for your paga to be
heated. Paga is a strong drink and is commonly cut with water in taverns. It may
be bought from merchants in bottles or botas.
Palm Wine: This is a big export from the city of Schendi. There was no
description given of this wine so its color, flavor and such are unknown.
Sul Paga: This alcoholic drink is made from suls, a vegetable like a
potato. It is most like strong vodka or moonshine. It is clear, almost
tasteless, and very strong. It is served at room temperature. It is seldom
available outside of a peasant village. It would be a rarity in a paga tavern to
find sul paga available.
Ta Wine: This wine is made from the famous Ta grapes of Cos. Ta grapes
also grow in areas outside of Cos and wine can also be made from those grapes.
Thus, different cities have their own varieties of Ta wine. The color of this
wine was never stated in the books.
Turian Liquors: Turian wines are sweet, syrupy, flavored and sugared
heavily. Their wines are made specfically so that you can add various spices and
sugars to it. They are an acquired taste. The liqueurs of Turia are regarded as
the best on Gor.