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Drinks provide the palate with another means to taste a region’s unique culinary contributions.

A great cocktail or beverage jumpstarts a meal whilst at the same time revealing a country or city’s true flavour. Whether you fancy a pint of Guinness or prefer the lightness of an Aperol Spritz, the drinks you’ll savour on your travels cater to a variety of tastes. We’ve highlighted some of our favourite signature drinks that make a destination sparkle.

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Wine in France

Wine lovers of the red, white, and bubbly varieties must put France on their travel to-do list. With over a dozen major regions, France produces the second most wine in the world, trailing only Italy. In fact, the country produces between 7-8 billion bottles every year! A journey through Bordeaux and the Dordogne Valley introduces you to two of the world’s most renowned wine regions. As you sip, savour, and explore several local wineries and vineyards, you’ll learn how interwoven wine is in France’s culture.

Wild about French wine? Sample a fine selection in France whilst on tour.
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ITALY’S REFRESHING APERTIF:
The Aperol Spritz

The Aperol Spritz is a wine-based cocktail commonly served in Italy. It’s citrusy, light and perfect for helping to create a lively dinner atmosphere. The orange-red liquor known as Aperol was invented by the Barbieri brothers in Padova in 1919. With its signature Art Noveau bottle and distinctive colour, the Spritz became an en vogue option for women looking for a low-alcohol cocktail. The Aperol Spritz has seen a resurgence in Italy where the bubbly drink is most enjoyed during the apertivo hour. Enjoy a glass before a fantastic Italian meal.

Order and enjoy an Aperol Spritz whilst in Italy.

RECIPE:
APEROL SPRITZ from vinepair.com

  • 3 ounces of Aperol
  • 2 ounces of Sparkling Dry Wine (like Prosecco)
  • 1 ounce of Seltzer Water
  • Orange slice for Garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fill a wine or lager glass with ice.
  2. Add the Aperol, prosecco and sparkling water and stir until well chilled.
  3. Garnish with a slice of orange and serve immediately.

GRAB A Guinness IN IRELAND

When in the Emerald Isle, it’s strongly suggested you try a Guinness. To get better acquainted with this popular brew, take a tour of the stunning seven-floor Guinness Storehouse, where you’ll learn more about the history and brewing process of this beloved beverage. At its spectacular Gravity Bar, enjoy sweeping views of Dublin as you sip on a complimentary pint.

The Killer B’s of Italian Wine

Italy has more than 800 varieties of grapes that grow in its twenty wine regions, giving travellers an unimaginable amount of wine to sample. From the crisp flavours of Chianti from Tuscany to the sweet rich Marsala wine from Sicily and everything in between, there is truly something for everyone.

But be sure to go north to experience some of Italy’s most renowned wines made from grapes cultivated in the picturesque Piedmont region. Wine lovers from around the world flock here to indulge in the region’s “Killer B’s”:

BAROLO

Made from the Nebbiolo grape, it is often described as one of Italy’s best wines. This wine requires a minimum of 38 months to age and can age for fifty years or more. It is deep red, full-bodied, rich, and robust.

BARBARESCO

This is also made with the Nebbiolo grape, but it is grown alongside a river. This allows the grape to ripen earlier giving the wine less tannin, and in the end, less time needed for aging. You are left with a light, spicy, fruity, and velvety vintage.

Sip and savour many varietals during a tour to Italy.
The Horchata

Peru & Pisco
A SPIRITED DEBATE

For decades now, a “war” has waged on whether Peru or Chile was the first to produce pisco, the liqueur used to make the iconic pisco sour cocktail. Most Peruvians claim that the pisco sour was first served in the 1920s at the legendary Morris Bar, whilst Chileans say that the Aymaras–an ancient Chilean tribal civilization–were the first mixologists known to concoct a pisco-based beverage. Whatever side of history you fall on, everyone can agree that the pisco sour is one delicious drink.

MAKE YOUR OWN PISCO SOUR

Recipe from Cala, a restaurant in Lima, Peru

INGREDIENTS:

3 oz pisco
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 egg white
1 dash of Angostura bitters

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix the pisco, lemon juice,  simple syrup, Angostura bitter and finally the egg white in a cocktail shaker.

2. Next, mix with ice and and shake vigorously for ten to twelve seconds to combine all ingredients.

3. Place a few drops of Angostura bitters in the centre of the foam before serving.

Caipirinhas

Caipirinhas BRAZIL'S NATIONAL DRINK

Brazilians love their coffee and their Caipirinhas. The Caipirinha is a sweet, tart cocktail that’s often referred to as the cousin of the Daiquiri and features fresh lime, sugar, and cachaça, a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice. The Caipirinha is ubiquitous in Brazil and in 2003 it was deemed as the country’s national drink. If you take a tour of Brazil be sure you order the delicious Caipirinha cocktail.

SOUTH AFRICAN WINE
World Renowned

Wine making in South Africa dates back to the 17th century, but emerged as a player on the modern international wine scene in the 1990s. Today, many different styles of wine are made here, from crisp Sauvignon Blanc to rich Cabernet Sauvignon, but their most famous wines are Chenin Blanc and Pinotage.

Chenin Blanc is a perfect wine for those who enjoy the light crisp Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc. What differentiates this wine is that it is full of flavour and typically drier with just a simple, light sweetness of apple.

Pinotage is a relative of pinot noir but tastes more like Shiraz. Pinotage has strived for years to make its mark in the wine world and its most recent vintages have succeeded. The beverage leaves wine connoisseurs pleasantly surprised with its rich flavours of blackberry and black cherry with notes of roasted herbs that are reminiscent of French Syrah or Grenache.

Love wine? Raise a glass of your preferred variety during a spectacular tour to South Africa.

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