The World in Liquor

When you go out for a night, how many options for liquor does your home base bar have on offer? Sure, they’ve probably got some standard gins, vodkas, rums, whiskies, and tequilas—but probably not much of anything else. If you’re traveling, one of the best ways to start to get to know the local culture is to indulge in a popular local drink.

If you want to explore unique liquors that you may not have been exposed to at home, ask the bartender for their recommendation, and open yourself up to a whole new world of tasty alcoholic beverages. We’ve gathered together a list of some popular liquors from around the world that you may not have heard of before.

Mezcal – Mexico

Mexico’s abundant landscape has produced multiple liquors that are signature to that country. We all know about tequila, but not as many people are familiar with mezcal, which is made from the agave plant. Tequila is made with only the blue agave variety of that plant. Mezcal is primarily manufactured in the Oaxaca province, and is harvested from agave plants that are at least seven years of age. Mezcal is most often produced by smaller producers and is served straight, so the drinker can appreciate the subtle, smoky flavor.

Pálinka – Hungary

Pálinka is a fruit brandy that’s a signature liquor of Hungary. It’s available in tons of different flavors—some typical ones that you could find in any bar in the country are plum, cherry, or apricot. There are some types of pálinkas that are associated with various regions throughout the country, and whose manufacture is protected by a designation of origin registration—meaning that it cannot be produced elsewhere and sold under the same name. Pálinka is ideally served room temperature and is enjoyed from a small tulip glass.



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