The World in Liquor

Ouzo – Greece

The classic anise-flavored spirit of Greece known as ouzo has rapidly spread around the world. It’s a signature Greek flavor, and production really took off after Greece declared its independence in the 19th century. Ouzo also had a major jump in popularity when production of absinthe in Europe slowed—people enjoyed ouzo’s smooth flavor and likened it to absinthe without the wormwood taste. If you want to try ouzo the Greek way, head to any of the country’s many ouzeries—bars where ouzo and small plates of appetizers are served.

Aragh Sagi – Iran

Since alcohol has been prohibited in Iran since 1979, this illicit drink known as aragh sagi is primarily produced in private homes, in strict secrecy. Before 1979, there were several professional legal producers, whose recipes were appropriated by private producers in order to keep a small amount of alcohol circulating throughout the country. Aragh sagi is made from fermented raisins and is generally served mixed with water. It can be quite dangerous to imbibe since it’s produced at home, the alcohol content can be as high as 60 percent ABV.

Pisco – Peru

Another native variety of fruit brandy that’s common in South America is pisco—a type of brandy made by distilling fermented grape juice. It’s produced in both Chile and Peru, and has been part of the local culture in the winemaking regions of both countries since the early 17th century. Pisco is aged for a minimum of three months in glass containers, and is completely free from flavoring or coloring agents. Pisco can be served on its own, but it’s a popular addition in cocktails like the pisco sour, or pisco punch.



How to Make the Most of Your All-Inclusive Resort

For quite some time now it seems that all-inclusive resorts are all the rage. What’s not to like about them? You have pretty much everything sorted for you, from the kids’ activities to the quality fine-dining restaurants, and varied entertainment. It’s really focused on customers who don’t want to worry about any travel planning.

The 11 Best Episodes of Bourdain’s Parts Unknown

Since the untimely passing of Anthony Bourdain in June 2018, people in the food industry, as well as those who watch from the sidelines and appreciate his cooking, have been involved in a discussion about his legacy. His show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, which ran on CNN for five years, is a treasure trove of his best and most adventurous eating moments. Here are some of the best episodes that are definitely worth a re-watch.

Martial Arts Around the World

Human beings knew how to defend themselves long before guns, tanks, or military helicopters were created and used in wars. Every civilization developed some sort of martial art in the past and they’re now part of their culture.