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    Drinking Around The World: Our 10 Favorite National Cocktails and Liquors

    Drinking Around The World: Our 10 Favorite National Cocktails and Liquors

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    One of our favorite ways to experience a new location is via the regional flavors. This typically means wining and dining with the locals — whether that means from a stall on the street or the occasional splurge at a five-star restaurant. But we also love trying out the national cocktails and drinks of choice! Not only is it a great way to learn more about the culture, but also you inevitably make great friends in the process! Whether it’s at a beach in paradise or the comfort of our own home, here are our favorite national beverages from around the world:

    Macua, Nicaragua

    You can’t visit Nicaragua without taste-testing world-renowned Flor de Cana rum. If sipping it on the rocks is a bit too strong, then try the liquor in a macua — Nicaragua’s national drink. The beverage is made with white rum, guava juice, and a splash of orange. It’s deliciously fruity, the perfect drink to accompany any of the country’s gorgeous ocean views.

    Margarita, Mexico

    The key to a good margarita is fresh limes and great tequila — both of which Mexico does well. We prefer our margaritas on the rocks with an extra serving of salt on the rim. Of course, we recommend sampling plenty until you taste your favorite. This guide to the best margaritas in Mexico City by Travel + Leisure is sure to help you find it.

    Mojito, Cuba

    Another country known for its rum, it should come as no surprise that Cuba makes some fabulous cocktails with the liquor. You can’t go wrong with a mojito, a refreshing cocktail consisting of rum, mint, lime, sugar, and club soda.

    Limoncello, Italy

    Head to sunny southern Italy to enjoy this equally cheerful lemon liqueur. Limoncello is dangerously sweet and makes the perfect light dessert. For extra decadence, try a drizzle over homemade gelato.

    Caipirinha, Brazil

    Easily my favorite drink on the entire list is a caipirinha in Brazil. The cocktail is made from cachaca, a sugar cane liquor, sugar, and lime. It’s common to find fun variations with fresh fruit. We recommend trying it with fresh watermelon.

    Sangria, Spain

    Though it’s easy to find sangria around the world, no one makes it quite like the Spanish. The best sangrias consist of wine, fresh fruit, a touch of juice, and brandy. Order a pitcher to enjoy with friends and heaping plates of tapas.

    Ouzo, Greece

    The anise flavor isn’t for everyone, but ouzo is a symbol of Greek culture and a must-try during any visit. Typically you’ll find ouzo mixed with water and served with aperitifs. Take your time sipping on the beverage and enjoying the company of good friends.

    Champagne, France

    Though technically not a cocktail or liquor, we couldn’t compile a list of our favorite drinks without including a bit of bubbly! Take a day trip from Paris to the famed region of France where champagne is made to enjoy the best-of-the-best from small producers and world-renowned companies alike.

    Singapore Sling, Singapore

    The history of the Singapore Sling is often passionately debated, though all agree that the famed cocktail was created for the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The pretty drink is typically made of gin, cherry, Cointreau liqueur and juices. Enjoying one there will set you back a pretty penny, but is certainly a memorable experience.

    Aguardiente, Colombia

    Colombians can drink aguardiente like water, but be careful — this spirit packs a powerful punch! It’s common to find a group of friends sharing a bottle while salsa dancing the night away. Drink aguardiente like you would a shot, and then chase it with water to look like a savvy local.

    Have fun drinking your way around the world, but remember to always drink responsibly. All of these beverages are best enjoyed when savored with good friends and conversation.


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