The world is awash with beverages and every country has its own unique blend. From Lituanian bitters to American Bourbon, we're here to take you on an alcoholic tour around the world. How many of these have you tried?
Drink your way around the world!
Drink your way around the world!
On the southern part of the Caribbean Spice Island of Grenada you'll find Grenada Distillers, the island's largest and best known rum distiller. Winner of numerous international awards, it won the classification of World Class Distillery at the World Spirits Awards 2010. The factory offers a delightful tour explaining the different stages of making rum, including the distilling process from sugar cane, syrup and molasses, as well as ageing, blending and bottling. Best of all is the bit when you get to do your own sampling. For more info, visit www.justgrenada.co.uk
Russian Standard Original vodka is 100% authentically Russian, and steeped in Russian heritage. It is based on the vodka formula created by illustrious scientist Dmitri Mendeleev, produced with only premium Russian ingredients. The water used to make Russian Standard Vodka originates from Lake Ladoga, in the glacial north of Russia, while the wheat is chosen from the southern steppes of Russia, known for having some of the richest soil in the world. You can sample Russian Standard Vodka at the Imperia Lounge in Moscow - Russian Standard's very own nightclub, famously frequented by Russian models, actors and singers. Visit russianstandardvodka.comfor more information.
Where else to taste Scotch than in Scotland? Head for Speyside - home to more than 50 per cent of Scotland's distilleries for tastings, opportunities to learn about whisky making, cookery demonstrations, whisky dinners, wildlife walks, ceilidhs, and family events. Distilleries, shops, bars, pubs and villages throughout Speyside welcome visitors with quality malt whiskies. Visit spiritofspeyside.com.
Carlsberg is one of the Nordic region's oldest breweries. Denmark's first lager beer brewery went into operation in 1847, and beer is still brewed in the old buildings where the Jacobsen Brewhouse has its home. The Old Carlsberg brewery from 1847 has been converted into a modern visitor centre where interactive displays and exhibits take you on a trip through the world's largest collection of beer bottles, the history of beer, and the development of Carlsberg. Check out visitdenmark.com for more information.
The national drink Herba Devynia is one of the most mysterious drinks made in Lithuania. The ancient herb brandy contains 27 different herbs, roots, bark and fruit, and is produced by the Stumbras factory in Kaunas. The factory recently opened a museum, the only one of its kind in Lithuania, where visitors can walk around the distillery's century-old buildings and see how drinks are produced and bottled. You can also partake in a professional tasting session. For nore information on Lithuania's mysterious drink, go to www.stumbras.eu.
Thanks to its climate of mild winters and humid summers, Kentucky in the United States produces 95 per cent of the world's bourbon. On the Bourbon Trail you can visit seven different bourbon distilleries over a 100-mile scenic route. See how bourbon is made and get to sample the results or try out the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville - effectively a pub crawl around a selection of bars and restaurants which sell a huge variety of bourbon-based drinks, and serve food with a distinctive bourbon flavour.
Visit www.kentuckytourism.co.uk for more.
We have Mexico to thank for introducing hot chocolate to the world. Originally created by the Mayans, it remains a popular national drink in Mexico, where it is served infused with with cinnamon and spices, alongside traditional pastries called churros. And for a little kick, they like to add a shot or two of tequila. Mexico is still home to a number of chocolate factories, and a trip to Oaxaca City is a must if you fancy some chocolate retail therapy at the local markets or a visit to a cacao plantation. Check out visitmexico.com for more.
Herefordshire is the biggest producer of cider in the UK, and the world's biggest cider mill, Bulmers, is located close to the city centre of Hereford. Everywhere you go in the county, you will come into contact with cider. There's a Cider Route, Cider Cycling Trails, a Cider Festival, and even a Cider Bible. The 20-mile Ledbury Cycle Route and the 19 mile Pembridge Cycle Route guide you along quiet lanes in one of England's finest cider-growing areas. Let the exercise enhance your enjoyment of tasting the ciders on your tour and if you stop for a pub meal, seek out dishes made with local cider. Visit ciderroute.co.uk for more information.
Almost every meal in Serbia, including breakfast in rural homes, will feature some Slivovitz, Plum Brandy. Slivovitz is produced commercially but is commonly homemade and is highly prized. There are other kinds of fruit brandies on offer, referred to as 'Rakija', and made from a wide range of fruits. For more information on a brandy-themed trip to Serbia, visit serbia-travel
Where better to drink champagne than the birthplace of the fizzy stuff itself? The Champagne-Ardenne region is a three-hour drive from Calais or a fast train from Paris to Epernay. Here you'll find some of the world's finest champagne houses, offering tastings and tours and even the chance to abseil down chalkpit cellars. For the ultimate champagne experience head for the boutique tasting bar C-Comme Champagne in the centre of Epernay. It stocks more than 350 of the region's finest award-winning local producers. Two doors down is the locals' favourite restaurant, La Cave a Champagne.
See champagne-ardenne-tourism.co.uk for more.