You can sip a Mai Tai in the middle of a freezing New York City winter, but really, the experience is not the same as having one on a lanai in Maui. There’s something about the perfect drink in the perfect place that really rallies the senses together to experience something more than just the power of the alcohol. Like the Seven Wonders of the World, here’s seven wonderful ways to experience some beverages of choice.
1. Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Need I say more about where (or when) one should be hoisting up a stein of German beer? Prost!
2. Napa Valley Wineries, California, USA
California’s premier wine country, if you’re going to have a glass of Chardonnay or Cabernet, this is the place to do it. Overlook a gorgeous vineyard awash in the California sun and enjoy a day of wine tasting.
3. Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland
If you enjoy a pint of the black stuff, you’ll enjoy a perfect pour of the freshest Guinness around at its Dublin home. Cheers!
4. The Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Step up to the quaintly preserved Long Bar and order its most famous invention, the Singapore Sling.
5. The Champagne Region, France
The only real champagne is from Champagne (everything else is just sparkling wine). Toast a glass of bubbly near its true home in the French countryside (a stone’s throw from Paris on the TGV train). À la santé!
6. Grosvenor House, London, UK
Perhaps you are a teetotaller, in which case, you should definitely experience high tea, preferably at one of the posher venues in London, like Grosvenor House (or the Ritz). Do not pass up the double Devonshire clotted cream on your scones; that is a must.
7. The Blue Mountains, Jamaica
Tea not your cup of tea? If you prefer a cup of joe, some of the most expensive in the world comes from Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. Never fear, you can have a piping hot mug for cheap at the source.
By Kelly G