Take a sip (or two) of these alcoholic drinks that can spin your world a tad bit faster.
An after-hours get together without good ol’ drinks is a travesty. Whether it’s a glass of gin or buckets of beer, a thirst quenching delight is essential. Pull up a chair and make a toast for your buddies with these celebrated beverages from different parts of the world.
There’s always ‘rum’ for more in Jamaica
When fifteenth-century Spanish explorers reached South America, they’ve introduced sugar cane cultivation to the locals of Jamaica. Along with that, they shared the art of distillation, which is a very good thing. Over the course of a couple of centuries, the production of distilled Jamaican spirits took off. The country is now renowned for some of the best-tasting rums in the world.
A classic rum drink is the piña colada, the poster child for sunny days at the beach.
Hopping around German beer houses
At some fortuitous point in Germany’s vast history, the people rejoiced at their first taste of beer. Since then, beer has become a national treasure and part of local culture. Millions of tourists visit Germany each year for an Oktoberfest’s beer-chugging experience. The many local producers see brewing as an art form. Hence, they’ve celebrated beer for centuries.
Duff, Homer Simpson’s beer of choice, has been illegally brewed in many countries including Germany.
A tale of the Cuban mojito
The origin of mojito always stirs a debate, but one thing is for sure–its birthplace is in Havana. Famed novelist Ernest Hemingway swore by mojito, according to myths. Many say he frequented Bodeguita del Medio, a Cuban restaurant-bar. It was said that he wrote many great stories inside while imbibing on the drink.
From watermelons and blueberries to pears and pineapple, a wide range of fruits go well with the mojito for any occasion.
London’s dry under the London Eye
In eighteenth-century England, bottles of gin swept London like a plague. Dwellers were either amateur distillers or raging drunkards. Regulations were lenient then, or there were none at all. While the gin has some bad reputation, it has sprung out from coarse roots and landed into snooty bar tables. These days, the classic spirit comes from international brands and local artisan distillers.
London gin is called “dry” because it’s clear and unsweetened contrary to flavours or botanicals in other liquors.
Mexico’s greatest hit
A shot of tequila with salt and lemon is a potent combination. Take a couple of that and you’ll wake up the next day without a clue of last night. Mexico’s own heavy-hitter comes from the fermented juice of the agave plant. The distinct taste takes about eight years to mature. Locals pair it with specialties such as tacos, beef chipotle, and chorizo.
A night of one two many shots of tequila will lead to head full of pain the next day.