Alcoholic Drinks Around The World: Boozy Bucket List

Alcoholic Drinks Around The World: Boozy Bucket List

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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.

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Jet lagged and exhausted, we celebrated our foodie tour of Lisbon, Portugal with a sip of local Ginjinha.

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.  

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Whiskey tasting at the Jameson Distillery in Dublin, Ireland

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.

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After a date with the Mona Lisa, we headed to Les Caves du Louvre for French wine tasting and some cheezy bottling fun.

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.

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Sangria made table-side at a tapas tour around Sevilla, Spain.

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?
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Old traditions run strong at the Tio Pepe Winery in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

And…

  • 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.
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Waking up on La Foresteria Planeta Estate winery in Menfi, Sicily.

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.

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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.

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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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26 Comments

  1. January 2, 2019 / 11:31 am

    Love this post and the idea of a boozy bucket list. I’m not sure my liver would be so grateful though… I’ve tried a fair few of these already and suffered the consequences!

    • Christine
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 2:17 pm

      Haha, I feel you. I have ulcerative colitis so I can only have a drink or two here and there. I definitely drink in moderation, and as a 30+-year-old, our hangovers are SO BAD (and that’s after like two drinks after 10 PM LOL!). I mostly save my boozy fun for traveling.

  2. January 2, 2019 / 12:25 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this post! It’s so nostalgic and as I’m reading your memories, I’m transported right there with you. Only, I can’t taste the booze. How lovely. This list is also BRILLIANT. I can’t wait to share! You’ve been to so many places and your memory is amazing. Let me tell you, I barely can remember what we did 10 years ago some times. I guess that’s what happens as we get older. 😉 Beautiful post.

    • Christine
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 2:26 pm

      Thank you so much! I don’t have the best memory–and you would think the booze would affect that too–but for some reason, I always remember our foodie tours. I think it is because we have so much fun and meet so many great people. I can’t forget almost falling into the canals of Venice either for my 30th Birthday. Gahaha!!

      • January 2, 2019 / 11:06 pm

        Same here with the foodie tours! They are my favorite. I always book these kind of tours when we travel.

        • Christine
          Author
          January 4, 2019 / 6:52 pm

          We took a foodie tour in Seville, and she showed us this new market that had all of these different stalls with food and drinks. She also pointed out a cute picnic spot behind the market that hardly anyone else knew about. We stopped by the next day to enjoy: One of my favorite days and memories, ever, besides that the heat index showed temperatures at 114. It was HOT.

  3. January 2, 2019 / 12:46 pm

    Oh man, I adore you! This is brilliant & everything I’ve come to love about and expect from The Uncorked Librarian.

    I love the idea of alcohol as global education and a sort of heritage DNA. But it’s true. Food and drink can tell you an awful lot about a culture. For example, British food tells me a lot about British culture – both good and bad, which I won’t get into here because I don’t really fancy starting a fight on the internet. Right.

    Only you could use alcohol for motion sickness and get yourself in trouble for drinking too soon. My boozy highlights are hardly this glamorous. The worst drinking experience I ever had (which actually ranks as one of the most memorable in a good way, as well) was drinking bitters from mini saches in Ghana. Turns out, I REALLY don’t like bitters. We all ended up throwing up. I still maintain it wasn’t even from being that drunk – for me at least, because I really wan’t – it was from the horribly cheap alcohol. I still can’t drink bitters to this day… Just thinking about it makes me feel a bit ill.

    Clearly I should try following some of your recommendations instead…

    PS: That mouse ladder is ridiculously adorable.

    • Christine
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 2:32 pm

      HAHA, THANK YOU!!! The Uncorked Librarian plans on living up to her rep. I am taking this whole blogging niche VERY SERIOUSLY in 2019. There will be no doubt who the goddess of booze is. Leave no booze untasted.

      OK so not to cause a culture war either butttttttt….. we were just watching Family Feud. The last round said, “Name a country with the worst food.” I thought this could be a little non-PC, racist….uneducated, whatever….BUT, the number one answer was for real: ENGLAND. I’ll just leave that there.

      Bitters are tough! They can be too spicy or sweet. I find bitters have hidden intolerances in them for my stomach. They are essential to my favs: Manhattans and Old Fashioneds. I am sorry that you got sick. UGH!!! I can never eat or drink something again after I yak it up.

      The mouse ladder gets me every time. It was such a fun wine tour. They had a picture with a mouse there–not real.

  4. January 2, 2019 / 12:57 pm

    I don’t drink that much but maybe I will do a tea, coffee, wine bucket list. =) Although, I would love to visit a couple of special wineries this year. & to go back Khao Yai for sure. It’s for sure one of the best reasons to travel, to drink and to eat! =) Happy New Year & good luck in 2019!

    • Christine
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 2:33 pm

      I would love a coffee list, and I bet Kathy would too! I would 200% follow it, especially coming from you.

      Happy New Year, too! Thank you!

  5. January 2, 2019 / 1:20 pm

    Ooooh, I’m going to have to work hard to catch up with all your boozy travels!! I’m only able to tick a few things off your boozy bucket list!! 🙂 Fun idea!
    I did go to the Guinness storehouse in Dublin on my very first day in Ireland almost 13 years ago and you’ll never believe it but I met Bono there!! 😲 (My tiny claim to fame – with a photo to prove it of course!)
    Also, how adorable are those bottles of wine with your picture on them?!? Now I want a personalised bottle too!!! LOL!

    • Christine
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 2:43 pm

      Thank you! I had fun making the list. I definitely want to create more specific drink lists too. I know that not everyone drinks or travels so I wanted to start off slightly more universal first. Ohhhh the possibilities ; )

      Holy SMOKES, you met Bono?! And at the Guinness Storehouse? That is just wild. I need to see said picture (not because I don’t believe you, but how cool!). Twitter time!! ; )

      Sooooo we drank one of those personalized wine bottles in the gardens in Paris…out of a paper bag, gahaha, because we knew we couldn’t get them both home. There is a pic. I think we got the other safely back to the U.S. but maybe we chugged it…lol….(I cannot remember). The bottle had to go to Sicily first and then the U.S. from Paris. #DrinkingProblems

  6. January 2, 2019 / 7:50 pm

    We’re doing the whole Dry January thing. That hurts. Glad to say we have 9 of those ticked off the list.

    • Christine
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 8:00 pm

      There is always February!! Enjoy dry January!!

  7. January 3, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    Dude, your travel adventures are AWESOME. You should seriously have your own travel show. 🙂

    My husband and I try to recreate recipes at home of great food we’ve eaten during our trips. For example, we went to New Orleans for our honeymoon, so I regularly make a version of shrimp and grits (though not nearly as good as the one at Emeril’s restaurant!), and for our first wedding anniversary, I made Bananas Foster like we had at Commander’s Palace on our first honeymoon dinner. Like you guys with your drinks, we love invoking all the fun memories of our trips through tasty experiences, lol.

    By the way… Have you ever read THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER? I think you would really like it. This is not (completely) a shameless plug for my own blog, lol; I’ve just already summarized the book well enough here: http://www.wellreadtart.com/2018/11/20/quick-look-books-food-in-fiction-november-2018/

    I think you would REALLY like this book since it involves a lot of cider making and pairing it with meals. I don’t even drink cider, and I found it really interesting and delicious-sounding. It’s fun book and will definitely appeal to the boozy among us. 🙂

    • Christine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 7:07 pm

      I would love to have my own travel show. Anthony Bourdain was my hero…I would just be a boozier version with LOTS of food intolerances.

      I love that you return home and make the meals you eat! We do the same thing–except on a much smaller scale. When we returned from Greece, we made endless Greek salads, even though they tasted better in GREECE. We shipped tons of wine and olive oil back from Sicily because we wanted all of our meals and dipped bread to be just like the Planeta Vineyards. I remember coming back from Mexico and making fresh tuna tacos that I ate every day. I still want to try an Irish stew with beer. Oh, and lets not forget our recent home Gluhwein making in the crockpot for Christmas.

      I have not checked out The Simplicity of Cider but as soon as I finish up this comment, I am going to see your review. Plug your blog all you want…you are a trusted member of TUL community ; ) My husband will love all that this book has to offer, after I make it for him lol

      Have a great weekend!

  8. January 3, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    You know what you need to do more of in 2019? Take me with you!! LOL! Are we known for Ice Wine in Canada? It’s too sweet for my liking! When a friend came to visit from England he had never heard of a Caesar before so he thought that was something very Canadian! I do enjoy those!

    • Christine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      Haha!!!! That would be fun!! I also need to READ MORE lol.

      Ok, you are the SECOND person to comment about Canada…lol. My other Canadian friend was like EWWWWW, gross–awful suggestion. BUT STILL, it is a drink that originated in and is unique to Canada–but yes, very sweet ; ) HAHA!! She recommended some great local wineries. I feel ya both!

      What is a Caesar? I’ll be making more boozy lists with specialized (and generic) drinks too.

  9. January 4, 2019 / 4:38 pm

    I love this post so much! What great (boozy) travel experiences you’ve had. I felt like I was reminiscing with you.
    I’ve also been to the Copacabana Beach! Besides the cocktail that I will not be able to spell correctly, I also think about drinking straight from the coconuts there. I liked watching the guys prepare the coconut for drinking.
    Just your one line brought me back to that trip! Wish I could do it all over again.

    Great post!

    • Christine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 7:16 pm

      YASSS!! I forgot about the coconuts on the boardwalk. There is a picture of me sitting on the sidewalk totally going at one on Copa beach. Savage! Coconuts were easy to get when I lived in Indonesia so Copa made me feel at home. My coconut vendor definitely put on a show for me too–that sounds completely wrong lol. I loved that the boardwalk and its neighboring street shut down on the weekend so that everyone could walk around and enjoy. Did you see the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf? We had fun at both–although it was near a religious holiday which = crazy busy.

      Thank you! Have a great weekend!

  10. January 6, 2019 / 10:37 am

    I absolutely love it and will keep it in mind when we travel back to Itaky and then Greece in the fall.:) I love your writing so much girly! Your posts are tha bomb❤❤

    • Christine
      Author
      January 7, 2019 / 7:34 pm

      Italy and Greece sound amazing! We honeymooned in Greece and Turkey. Italy will always have my heart–and Sicily is my fav. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to see your travels.

  11. January 6, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    I’m loving the edits on these photos, they look so good! I totally agree with the making friends part on tours. In Belgium, we met a fantastic Irish couple who were our parents age but we just clicked! I’m definitely a person who gravitates towards older people, probably due to my close relationship with my parents. We plan to fly to Ireland later this year to visit them 🙂 I love how this brings people together that you probably never would have met otherwise!

    • Christine
      Author
      January 7, 2019 / 7:50 pm

      Thanks! I’ve been sharpening up my photos in Lightroom and Photoshop. I learned how to shrink my photo sizes, thank gosh, so that my blog speed will shoot up (and help my SEO).

      As older 30-year-olds without kids, we totally understand gravitating toward and relating to older friends. Usually this is the demographic that are traveling childfree, boozing it up, and doing the same kinds of tours that we are. A lot of FL friends are our parents age for that reason…and it’s Florida.

      Glad you made some traveling friends while in Belgium. How fun and sweet!! Ireland is one of my favs. Take lots of pics!

  12. January 16, 2019 / 5:01 am

    I love this list although like you I can only have 1-2 drinks at a time (thank you UC!) Whilst in Portugal did you try Port? It’s not something we’ve drank before discovering on our recent Lisbon trip. The UK just doesn’t make decent wine like our European cousins do.

    • Christine
      Author
      January 16, 2019 / 6:54 pm

      Did I know that you have UC too? I don’t remember having this conversation online! Oh man! To be continued…. Probably on Twitter…

      I’m wracking my brain about the Port. We did not make it as far north as Porto, which was a bummer since that’s wine land. I am trying to think if the wineries we went to had port. I want to say yes, but I don’t remember it being a speciality. My husband says at one of the wineries he remembers Port. Clearly it didn’t blow our minds. Now I will just have to go back.

      The UK seems more like a beer and pub place ; ) Which is awesome. I haven’t been to London in years, though.

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