Bahama Mama is a memorable taste of the islands: Combine 1 oz rum with 1/4 oz coffee liqueur, 1/2 oz coconut liqueur, 4 oz pineapple juice, juice of 1/2 lemon. Shake with ice, pour into a glass filled with ice, and garnish with a strawberry or cherry.
Becherovka is a spiced apertif from the Czech Republic that includes anise and cinnamon: Drink it chilled or on the rocks (but go easy, as it's nearly 80 proof), or mix with fruit juice or soda.
Borovnice is blueberry schnapps, popular in Slovenia. Like all schnapps, it's best shaken with ice, strained, and sipped straight without a mixer.
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Campari lets you bring a little dolce vita home from Italy! The bittersweet apertif is refreshing with a little soda water and ice, and is also the basis of more complex cocktails that can include gin (the Negroni family of drinks) and fruit juices.
Strongbow hard cider hails from Hereford, UK, according to a century-old recipe, but you're likely to find the crisp, refreshing apple-based brew just about anywhere Brits gather to hoist a glass!
The Lychee Bellini, also known as the Beijing Bellini, adds a staple of east Asian cooking (in place of traditional peach schnapps) to the classic Italian cocktail concept: Put 6 pureed lychee nuts in the bottom of a champagne flute and pour chilled prosecco, stirring gently.
Michelada is a favorite beer-based cocktail in Mexico: Rub a lime wedge along the rim of a glass, then dip the rim in salt and chili powder. Squeeze the juice of four lime wedges into the glass, add ice, and slowly pour in a chilled bottle of beer. Add a drop of hot sauce and a drop of Worcestershire sauce.
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The original Pina Colada recipe, invented in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1954: Pour 2 oz white run, 1 oz coconut cream, 1 oz heavy cream, and 6 oz pineapple juice in a blender. Add 1/2 cup crushed ice and blend for about 15 seconds, until smooth. Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and a cherry.
Yes, the Sangria is Spain somehow tastes better, right? But the traditional recipe is easy to bring home: Cut up an orange, a lime, an apple, and some grapes (about 1 cup) and mix them with a bottle of dry red wine and about 1/4 cup brandy. Refrigerate overnight, then serve mixed with 4 cups of soda water or lemon-lime soda and ice. It'll serve 8 responsible drinkers.
Tequila, made from blue agave, is a complex, satisfying liquor from Mexico, where it's often enjoyed straight up with a slice of lime on the side. Mixed with 1/2 oz lime juice 1 oz orange liqueur, and ice, 1.5 oz of tequila becomes Margarita. Eagles fans combine 1.5 oz tequila with 3/4 cup orange juice and 1.5 oz grenadine for a Tequila Sunrise.
If your idea of a "cocktail" is opening up a cold bottle and pouring it into a glass, Warsteiner, one of Germany's most popular beers, is for you. Its crisp, refreshing flavor has made it a favorite of beer lovers since the 18th century.
Each of these tasty libations comes with a cool travel back-story—and an easy recipe you can try at home!