One of the best – and most fun – ways to get to know a culture is through its local libations. Like Champagne to France or Whiskey to Scotland, some beverages are indelibly linked to the regions they hail from. You simply can’t go there without sampling a signature sip or two. Here are some famous destination-linked drinks from all corners of the globe to wet your whistle.
The brunch-favorite Bellini was created in Venice at Harry’s Bar, the famous Hemingway hangout not far from St. Mark’s Square. Created by founder Giuseppe Cipriani in the 1930s, this classy cocktail is a mix of Prosecco sparkling wine and peach puree. The drink’s color reminded him of a painting by 15th century artist Giovanni Bellini, hence the name. Variations exist, but the simplicity of the original recipe can’t be beat.
2. Singapore Sling
Barman Ngiam Tong Boon came up with Singapore’s signature concoction at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel around 1915. This colonial landmark catered to a sophisticated British clientele and he wanted to devise a fruity drink that would appeal to both lady and gentleman patrons. The sweet tropical cocktail is a blend of gin, Cherry Heering, Benedictine and pineapple juice.