Enjoy alcoholic drinks around the world with this boozy travel bucket list for foodie travelers. Find international liquors, beers, cocktails, wine, and so much more.
Anthony Bourdain traveled with his mind, heart, and stomach. He truly believed that food brought everyone together, a unifying and common language of love, history, people, and culture. Wherever we travel, if we embrace the local food and try everything with an open mind, we will learn about places and their people.
For me, alcoholic drinks are also a global education.
How and what we drink, where we drink, and with whom are the core parts of a foodie country tour, along with of course, food. When we sip and learn about the local libations, we dig deep within the hidden crevices of a destination: past, present, and future. I imagine alcohol having DNA. Visiting each production facility is like scrolling through Ancestry .com.
Drinking around the world is not just for Epcot, either, although that’s a great start. Epcot’s four yearly festivals all have foodie passports. Disney-goers can choose between flowers and garden, wine, the arts, and the holidays. Each country and special kiosks showcase international beverages (non-alcoholic too) and food, bringing the world to one location. You can read about Epcot’s Food and Wine Fest here, as one example.
However, if you have the opportunity to travel around the global world, there are endless possibilities for what drinks you can go on a blind date with. I want to discover them all.
Many of our fondest memories come from drinking abroad, responsibly of course. We love tours of breweries and distilleries, which give us another chance to talk to the locals and receive lessons in history. Behind those brews are science and engineering. I wish I knew this in college. English major be dammed.
As we sit around tasting rooms and chat on small tours, we smile and laugh with other travelers too. A little looser in our hearts and minds, we share stories and experiences. We talk. Less alone, we connect and relate. The world becomes smaller and friendlier. Maybe even, the world becomes our home.
Travel Tip: I definitely recommend taking private guided tours of a city with a local guide to learn about the history, food, and booze, one-on-one. We’ve had small tours in Seville, Lisbon, and Palermo, just to name a few.
A Few Of Our Favorite Memories And Alcoholic Drinks Around The World:
I have never officially counted the countries visited thus far. We’ve seen almost all of Central America, broken into South America for our wedding engagement, are steadily visiting parts of Europe, I lived in Asia, and we will be adding the African continent in 2019. Over the past 13 years of traveling, these are few of my favorite boozy memories from drinking around the world:
- Waking up and tasting wine on the Sicilian Planeta vineyards. I also tried to learn how to drive a manual station wagon in those vineyards. I’m alive writing this so….
- Taking a shot of Limoncello for motion sickness before getting on a rocky Amalfi Coast ferry to Capri.
- Crunching on an icy and somewhat corny but delicious Piña Coloda in Puerto Rico.
- Hopping off of a plane in the U.S. Virgin Islands with greeters handing us rum shots.
- Singing karaoke in Dutch at the Heineken Factory in Amsterdam.
- Kissing Jenever in Belgium with a fat waffle or at a library bar in the Netherlands.
- Risking our stomachs with a stolen sip of Arak in Bali, Indonesia.
- Laughing over a mouse ladder attached to a wine glass and searching through signed barrels in Spain. Did I mention we found Picasso’s barrel but no mouse?
- Secretly gawking at the scantily clad sunbathers on Copacabana Beach while trying a Caipirinha.
- Scaling the numerous floors of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin for those rooftop views.
- Getting my hand slapped from grabbing a Guinness too soon at a pub along the Connemara Loop in Galway County, Ireland.
- Touring the hidden wine caves of the Louvre to learn more about French wines and royal secrets.
- Smiling in awe as a bartender made sangria table-side in Seville.
- Snapping pictures as the sun set behind the cliffs at a hidden winery in Santorini.
- “Borrowing” a few samples of cork from a winery cork tree in Portugal for my boss.
- Sipping tropical drinks at a swim-up bar in Costa Rica as the Arenal Volcano dripped red lava in the distance.
No matter where we travel, drinks and food are always a part of our pictures and recollections. I love finding international drinks back home, invoking the ultimate nostalgia. How do you remember trips?
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Boozy Bucket List: Alcoholic Drinks Around The World
In honor of all things travel and exploring the world in meaningful and fun ways, I’d love to offer you a foodie challenge. Like travelers who make bucket lists for activities and destinations, we have a few bucket lists ourselves: boozy ones.
Below are 30 boozy bucket list drinks and countries for the thirsty traveler. Some drinks are classic, tourist, cheesy, and famous. Others are harder to find. As TUL’s first boozy bucket list ever, I hope you have fun. Show me your list! I look forward to creating harder and more local challenges in the future–so be sure to check back or follow me on Pinterest. Also, don’t forget to drink responsibly.
You can also download and print this Boozy Bucket List Here for free.
I would love to know what alcoholic drinks you would add to this list.
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