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.



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.