Booze Cruise: The 10 Best Alcoholic Drinks In The World & Where To Find Them
For many, one of the true great enjoyments in life is sitting down and enjoying a refreshing and relaxing alcoholic beverage, and around the globe, there are different tastes, textures, and flavors that can be enjoyed as different regions have their own unique tastes and styles and use the different ingredients at hand.
Whilst globalism largely means that almost anything is now available wherever you may be in the world, there are some places where the booze is just better, either because of the location or the ingredients. Here we take a look at a few of the best boozy drinks around the world and where you can find them.
1. Champagne - Champagne Region, France
Champagne is considered one of the most luxurious of drinks around the world and has carved a niche for itself as the go-to beverage for the wealthy and well-to-do or those looking for something a little bit special for a certain occasion.
The grapes for this sparkling wine must be grown in a specific region of France that has a specific level of chalk in the soil that makes its grapes so special. Many of the vineyards offer tours and wine tasting sessions, and there is little better than tasting a bottle whilst overlooking the very fields it was grown in.
2. Tequila - Tequila, Mexico
Like Champagne, Tequila can only be classed as such if it is grown and made in a specific place, that place is the town of Tequila in Mexico. A potent liquor it is made from a single breed of agave plant from the 250 types available.
Here, distilleries and bars sell the best tequila you can find offering up a unique taste of the region that just isn't the same when imported elsewhere.
3. Mojito - Havanna, Cuba
A traditional Cuban highball cocktail, the Mojito consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint, all things that can be found on the Cuban island and it is understandably the best here and infamously became writer Ernest Hemingway's favorite drink!
Almost every bar in the Cuban capital will serve aversion of the famous drink, some sweeter than others or with their own twist but with the best of Cuban rum in all of them, the only way to find your favorite is to try them all!
4. Sake - Fushimi, Kyoto, Japan
A Japanese rice wine made from the fermented grain, the nation is famed for this drink and different regions across the nation have their own brands and flavors, but arguably some of the best can be found in Fushimi, in the Kyoto region.
This is because it is located in the southernmost hills of the Higashiyama Mountains and is famed for the purity and quality of its spring water allowing for the brewing of some of the finest sake around.
5. Guinness - Guinness Store House, Dublin, Ireland
An Irish dry stout that can now be found all over the globe, Guinness has become a symbol for the Republic of Ireland worldwide, but it never tastes better than when drunk at the bar at the top of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.
Perhaps that is because of the 360° views of the city from the circular rooftop bar, or perhaps it is because of the fresher taste that the drink has with fewer additives put in to keep it for travel, or maybe, just maybe it is because the original recipe was designed with the nutrients and flavor of the water from the river Liffey in mind. Whatever it is, you will never have a better pint of Guinness than the one you have here.
6. Sangria - Andalucia, Spain
A Spanish punch, the sangria traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit, often with other ingredients such as orange juice or brandy. Found all over Spain, you have to be careful as to where you pick it up from as corner shops sell pre-mixed mass-produced versions whilst bars and restaurants will sell it at a premium price.
Sangria recipes vary widely, with many regional distinctions and its origins are murky but head out to either the Andalucian or Iberian regions of the country for some of the better versions of the classic drink.
7. Raki- Istanbul, Turkey
Raki is an unsweetened, occasionally (depending on the area of production) anise-flavored, alcoholic drink that is popular in Turkey, Albania, Greece.
Similar to pastis or ouzo, it is a very strong liquor and is best enjoyed overlooking the Bosphorus Strait.
8. Scotch Whisky - Banffshire, Scotland
Scotch whisky is known for its peatiness and must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years, and the nation of Scotland has become famed for its production and variety of whiskeys, but if you head to the highlands, you will find some of the oldest and most famous distilleries in the world.
The Ilsa river and many fresh running streams provide a level of purity to the drinks from the region and a dram for all tastes can be found.
9. Brennivin - Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland's signature drink this liquor can be drunk in shot form or made into a variety of great cocktails, and if you head to the capital, there are plenty of bars and restaurants that will do just that.
The Slippbarinn in Hotel Marina, Reykjavík sells the Svartafell (Black Mountain) which consist of rhubarb bitter, Montenegro liquor and Iceland’s signature schnapps which won the annual Brennivin cocktail competition in 2016.
10. Lager - Pilsen, Czech Republic
Lager is brewed all over the world and can be found almost anywhere you go but Pilzen is where the pilsner was invented and if you head out to the Czech Republic you will find the drink is far different than what you have most likely sipped elsewhere.
Unpasteurised, the lager has a fresher, flatter taste, with less carbon as it is not needed to be preserved to be shipped in from the local breweries. It has a far crisper and cleaner taste making it superior to almost anywhere else in the world.