Local Drinks

Find out about the local and traditional drinks served in Malta...

There are a number of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks produced locally, including a locally brewed lager, Cisk. Other beverages which are popular in Malta include:

  • Bajtra – a liqueur made from prickly pears
  • Gulepp tal-harrub – syrup made from carob
  • Imbuljuta – chestnut, citrus zest and cocoa drink traditionally served after midnight Mass
  • Kinne – a carbonated soft drink produced in Malta
  • Limuncell – alcoholic lemon liqueur
  • Maltese Kafé – traditional Maltese coffee served strong and black, flavoured with cloves and rosewater
  • Ruggata – almond and vanilla cordial

Local Wines

There are only a few wineries in Malta, and many of these organise guided tours and wine tasting sessions. Grapes thrive in Malta's hot and humid climate and wines produced in Malta have achieved great international commercial success in recent years. Wines are made using international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Carignan, Chenin Blanc and Moscato.

Maltese wines are also produced using the indigenous varieties Gellewza and Girgentina.