Travel Picks: Top 10 destinations for iconic drinks

Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:17am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - From local wines to traditional liquors, many people consider drinking a destination's signature drink as a delicious rite of travel.

Travel website has come up with a list of 10 places around the world on the recommendations of its members where travelers can try iconic drinks. This list is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. Beer and Becherovka - U Fleku, Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the world's great pub cities, and this expansive brewery offers a wide selection of brews including Pilsner Urquell, Velkopopovicky and Straropraman. The best place in town to grab a shot of local Becherovka liquor with locals.

2. Bellini - Harry's Bar, Venice, Italy

Harry's Bar is a top tourist attraction in Venice but the subtle charm of this famous watering hole has kept it one of the "best-known drinking venues" in the city. Its classy, vintage decor suggests little has changed since Humphrey Bogart, Charlie Chaplin and Ernest Hemingway drank the bar's famous bellinis. 3. Caipirinha - Academia da Cachaca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil's national drink is the deliciously sweet caipirinha with the best found in Rio de Janeiro, where ingredients range from passion fruit and lemon to an assortment of tropical fruits and the traditional lime.

4. Champagne - Piper-Heidsieck, Reims, France

France's Champagne region is hard to beat. Visitors should check out the cave of Piper-Heidsieck, which provides "fantastic tours" and an "opulent bar" where visitors get three glasses of champagne with the purchase of a VIP ticket.   Continued...

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