The World in Liquor

Singani – Bolivia

Singani is a type of grape brandy that’s only manufactured in the high valleys of Bolivia. It’s been a revered national product since it first started being produced in the 16th century by monks who came to Bolivia from Spain. Grapes that are grown for singani must come from plants that are grown between 5,250 and 9,200 feet above sea level. One popular drink that features singani is called sucumbé—it’s made with hot singani mulled with spices added to hot milk.

Sombai – Cambodia

The people of Siem Reap, Cambodia, are extremely proud of their local liquor. Sombai is available in several different flavors, although the base of rice wine is the same for each variety. Some popular flavors include anise-coffee, banana-cinnamon, and mango-green chili. If you’re interested in learning about this local product, the manufacturer has an open house and tasting workshop in the heart of the city where you can pick up products and learn about the distillation process.  Authentic sombai is labeled using a scrap of traditional krama cloth.

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Akpeteshie – Ghana

If you’re new to Ghana, it may be difficult to find your first bottle of akpeteshie. It’s not advertised widely in the cities, and the best way to get a taste of it is in a bar, or if you can find a wholesaler who will fill a bottle that you bring in. Akpeteshie is not professionally produced, and instead, bars rely on a home network of distillers to meet their consumer’s needs. Made of distilled palm wine, its usually between 40-50 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and makes the drinker feel like they’ve been knocked out.

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Mini Guide to Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic island country located in the Arctic Circle. It has a population of nearly 350,000 citizens; however, roughly two-thirds of them live in Reykjavik, the capital, and its surroundings. The country is famous for its geothermal and volcanic activity, which throughout thousands of years created a somewhat otherworldly landscape. Travelers also flock to Iceland to see the incredible Northern Lights and learn about its Viking inhabitants, who settled there in 874 AD.

Top Neighborhoods to Live in If You Love Christmas

If you can’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit every year, it’s probably evident from the outside of your home. Many people put up traditional decorations like twinkling lights, evergreen branches, and even inflatable figures in the form of Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Even though we all love Christmas, some people take it to the extreme by choosing where to live based on the town’s level of Christmas cheer. There are tons of towns scattered around the United States that are known for their extreme decorating style, and over-the-top Christmas events. Here are the best neighborhoods to live in if you love Christmas.

Top 11 U.S. Destinations to Hit the Slopes This Holiday

If your choice is to embrace the season, a skiing or snowboarding vacation is the perfect winter getaway. It may feel intimidating, but you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy it. Most ski resorts offer group or individual lessons, as well as rentals for all the equipment you require — it really couldn’t be easier. There are so many amazing ski slopes and resorts all over the United States. Today, we’re going to check out some of the best options for American winter sporting destinations.