There are too many drinks, too many countries, and not enough time, but if you fancy challenging yourself to a drinking game that can last a lifetime and one you will really enjoy, then here’s an excellent place to start. All over the world, there are places famous for inventing certain drinks, and these are usually the best places to try these drinks. While you’ve probably tried them elsewhere, there’s nothing like a local drink and having it where it originated. Ever tried wine in France and loved it and then brought it home to find it tasted horrible? You’re not the only one. So, with so many to choose from, where do you start?

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Italy – Campari

Campari, the bright red, sharp, bitter orange aperitif, is the base of many delicious cocktails, such as a Negroni or Campari and soda. 

South Africa – Wine

While there is wine everywhere, South Africa has some of the most excellent wines in the world. It is three times the size of California and is home to an array of different landscapes, making it a perfect wine-producing country. Do some research before you go by having a look at to make sure you get the best out of it. 

France – Absinthe

At around 80% alcohol content, Absinthe is one of the most alcoholic drinks in the world. Some even say the french liquor is mind-altering and hallucinogenic, so much so that it’s illegal in some parts of the world. 

Japan – Sake

When in Japan, make sure you enjoy a glass of Sake, a world-famous alcoholic drink made of fermented rice. Widely considered as one of the oldest beverages in the world, Sake is a huge part of Japanese culture and history and can be served either hot or cold.

The USA – Bourbon

American Bourbon is arguably the best. Made from corn and obtaining its distinctive flavor from being aged in wooden barrels, you can enjoy it served straight or on the rocks depending on taste.

Mexico – Tequila

Until you travel to Mexico, you won’t appreciate just how good tequila can be. 

Spain – Sangria

Sangria is basically a wine punch loaded with delicious fruit, but there is no real traditional recipe, as each place serves its own variation of a delicious Sangria. Perhaps it’s worth doing a sangria tour of Spain? 

Greece – Ouzo

Ouzo is the national drink of Greece, and rightly so for its potent, fiery, taste. The anise-flavored liquor is enjoyed straight and strong, so avoid using ouzo in a cocktail.

Russia – Vodka

Russia. Vodka. That’s it, really.

Jamaica – Rum

With more than 50 million liters of rum produced, each year, Jamaica boasts the widest variety of rum out of anywhere else in the world.

Ireland – Guinness

Guinness is one of the most consumed beers worldwide, but it never tastes better than in the country itself, so get yourself over there and, even better, head to the Guinness Factory and enjoy a pint there.