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1. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 18 Feb '05 05:45

Beer - it's a wonder thing and I have definitely drunk my share... But, there's so much more worth mentioning.

What unusual (or just new to you) liquors and/or drinks have you discovered during your travels?

A. Bob Marley (Jamaica) - one shot (jigger) green creme de menthe, one shot grenadine, one shot gold rum. Pour each one slowly into an apertif glass so that each layer floats on the top of the next. (Sometimes flamed, sometimes not.)

B.) Seco con Leche (Panama) - one shot Seco to small glass whole milk, add a sqeeze of lemon or lime. (Seco is a tasty clear liquor - rather like vodka distilled from sugar cane.)

C) Panamanian rum was also very good. Great flavor without the bite of Jamaican or Puerto Rican rums.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 18 Feb '05 06:01

Hands down, the best drink I've ever had was a Chili Martini from a bar called The Apartment in Belfast. Since it was a trendy place and what with the exchange rate, I must have paid about $20 Canadian for it. But it was worth every sip!

I also lived on limonada con gas y yello (well, whatever it was meant bubbly lemonade with rum) in Cuba. Great way to start the day...

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 18 Feb '05 06:04

Hey! I'm a guru again! You Daams brothers and your funny secret system. ;)

I must have got the password right and knocked three times on the ceiling.

4. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru, 1303 posts) 18 Feb '05 06:07

yeh tway-i'm getting worried about this-i'm no travel guru-scary stuff...i must have done something right!!

5. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 18 Feb '05 07:22

Quoting tway

I also lived on limonada con gas y yello (well, whatever it was meant bubbly lemonade with rum) in Cuba. Great way to start the day...

limonada con gas y yello sounds like a Cuban take on a mimosa (champagne w/OJ) but I'll take eaither for breakfast!

The Brits did peak our interest (and taste buds) in Antigua with Pimms & lemonade. Forced me to stock up on Pimms!

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 18 Feb '05 08:34

The Pisco Sour is a very popular drink in Peru and Chile. Pisco is a brandy or aguardiente distilled from the white muscat grapes grown in two main regions of South America: the area around Pisco, described in A miracle of man and the desert. and the Valle del río Elqui in central Chile.

To make the Pisco Sour:

Ingredients:
2 oz Pisco
1 oz Lemon juice
1-2 tblsp Sugar
Ice

Mixing instructions:
Shake well and serve in a cocktail glass.

7. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member, 272 posts) 18 Feb '05 09:15

A home made Schnappes from a pub in Ellmau Austria. 80%!

8. Posted by Wenzel (Budding Member, 38 posts) 18 Feb '05 18:51

When whisky is made it is clear like vodka, and if you can get it before it has been in a barrel (highly illegal, but who's counting?) it is known as "clearic" and is one of those drinks, like good Pernod, that you can drink, stop, and later drink some water and get drunk again! Its up there with Polish pure spirit and 151 rum from Antigua

9. Posted by mim (Travel Guru, 1276 posts) 21 Feb '05 04:52

Nothing beats a Mojito,Havana Rum lime mint sugar and ice

and for the shot Midori sours
Midori (melon liquer), Creme de cassis (blackcurrant) and a squeeze of lime
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru, 4124 posts) 22 Feb '05 02:27

The first time I had cachaca was in the Academia Da Cachaca in Rio De Janeiro. Not sure where in Rio it was, cause my friend drove us there and it was night - could have been around Leblon or Sao Conrado. Come to think of it, I now think it was in Barra Da Tijuca.

Anyway, I had a hangover for days.