Traveling opens up the mind and the soul, but boy, does it open up your taste palate as well? People travel for a multitude of reasons. Some for business, others for pleasure, and no matter if you are a digital nomad or a free spirit yearning to experience different cultures, you are bound to feel an insatiable craving for unique local dishes and drinks.
Luckily for you, everywhere you go, there is a new taste and an undiscovered, opulent aroma just waiting for you to take that first exhilarating sip. Here are the five festive drinks from around the world you have to try on your next journey abroad.
Feuerzangenbowle from Germany
Well that’s a mouthful, isn’t it? While the long name might insinuate an equally complicated beverage, this traditional German drink is not difficult to make at all, and is readily served across the country. It’s characterized by its charming mix of sweetness with a bitter kick at the end, as the combination of mulled wine, rum, a sugarloaf, and fire creates a unique taste in your mouth.
That’s right, fire. You take the sugarloaf and dip it in rum, set it on fire, and then let it slowly drip into the wine. Kind of mesmerizing to watch, intoxicating to drink. Don’t miss this one the next time you’re visiting Berlin, one of the party capitals of the world.
Red Lotus from China
The Chinese might be renowned for their amazing array of tea flavors, but they also shine in cocktail preparation and mixology skills in general. This time, the exotic drink of choice is the Red Lotus, a simple yet refreshingly opulent beverage comprised of three essential elements.
You will need 1/2 ounces of vodka, 1/2 ounces of lychee liqueur, and 1 ounce of cranberry juice. Simply pour the ingredients into a cocktail mixer with ice, shake vigorously, and then pour into an old-fashioned glass. Ice and mint garnish optional.
Mulled wine from Australia
Australia has become world-renowned over the years as the producer of some of the finest vintages in the world, with many experts claiming that Australia’s unique climate is perfect for growing various types of grapes. It’s unsurprising then that when you find yourself exploring the Land Down Under, you should not skip the taste of traditional Australian mulled wine.
You can drink one at a local bar, but the Aussie way of life would rather have you prepare it yourself like a true local. With a wide selection of vintages available at almost every quality liquor store from Chinatown to Neutral Bay in Sydney, you’ll have no problem combining interesting ingredients, such as nutmeg, honey, liquor, or orange juice into a warm cup of true Aussie wine.
Pimm’s Cup cocktail from Britain
Sailing across the globe, and we find ourselves in Britain, home to one of the vastest array of alcoholic beverages, cocktails, and festive drinks. Here, the people have no problem holding their liquor, and while you should absolutely try the beer, and the gin, and the rum, you shouldn’t skip the country’s most popular summertime cocktail.
Infused with 1 part Pimm’s Cup No. 1, 3 parts lemonade, and garnished with mint, orange, and/or strawberries, this refreshing drink is easy to make, and despite its innocent look, it can get you properly plastered in minutes. Now that’s the English way.
Flaming Volcano from Chile
Time to end the list with another drink so exotic that you’ll want to have your camera at the ready, because this one is just begging to end up on your Instagram page. It takes quite a bit to prepare, as there are more than five ingredients, and it even requires a special bowl. You don’t have to have it of course, but it does add to the experience.
You will need 1 ounce of light rum; 1 ounce of brandy; 1 ounce of overproof rum, 4 ounces of orange juice; 2 ounces of unsweetened lemon juice, and 2 ounces of almond-flavored syrup. Or just go to any bar in Santiago with your friends and have a bartender prepare it for you. The ingredients are poured into a colorful “volcano bowl” and garnished with tiny umbrellas.
Every country and every culture around the world has its unique celebratory drink that really puts a traditional sparkling wine to shame. So be a true explorer of tastes, sights, and pleasures and don’t forget to put these unique beverages on your list of essential must-try drinks for your next trip abroad.