April 24, 2009 / 11:35 AM / 10 years ago

Travel Picks: Top 10 destinations for iconic drinks

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - From local wines to traditional liquors, many people consider drinking a destination’s signature drink as a delicious rite of travel.

Then Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi speaks with then U.S. President George W. Bush during an informal dinner at Gonpachi, a posh Japanese restaurant, in Tokyo February 18, 2002. REUTERS/Pool/Shizuo Kambayashi

Travel website IgoUgo.com 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.

5. Margarita - Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Visitors to Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen in Sante Fe say it’s the place to find the “best margaritas you’ve ever had.” The restaurant is known for making a “terrific” margarita on the rocks, and don’t miss those made with reposado tequila.

6. Ouzo - Brettos, Athens, Greece

Brettos, a 100-year-old distillery, has a great home-brand ouzo and the atmosphere of an extremely traditional bar.

7. Painkiller - Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Devotees know this rum-based drink is best experienced at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke, named as visitors arriving by boat will have to swim to shore and as a result have wet money.

8. Port - Solar do Vinho do Porto, Lisbon, Portugal

For anyone with even a passing interest in port, the Solar do Vinho do Porto, the official bar of the Port Wine Institute, is worth a visit with over 400 varieties of wine available.

9. Sake - Gonpachi, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo’s Gonpachi restaurant never seems to go out of style, with special seats available for drinking sake and private rooms. A highlight of the restaurant is the top floor, which has garden seats “allowing you to escape and forget the busy city.”

10. Whisky - Glenlivet Distillery, Speyside, Scotland

For those who might think they hate whisky, the Scotch Whisky Trail will most likely change their minds. Among the distilleries dotting the route, Glenlivet stands out for its “perfect Highland setting” and tasting choices..

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