With all our tours we explore the national or traditional drink of each country we travel too. Tours include wine tasting, and enjoying the different specialty drink/cocktail of each country. This year’s tour to Ireland will include a tour to the Famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin along with a tour to the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery. This years tour to Italy will include the Buccelletti Winery which produces organic wines and another wine tasting tour to the award wining Verrazzano Winery.
We explore the National Drink of each Country.
As part of our itineraries to Italy we include wonderful wine tasting tours. We had the opportunity to try many types of wine including: Super Tuscan’s, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Vermentino.
Limoncello is another traditional drink of Italy. Limoncello is the generic name for an Italian citrus-based lemon liqueur that is served well chilled in the summer months. Limoncello is now considered the national drink of Italy and can be found in stores and restaurants all over Italy.
Peru is known for their Pisco Sours. The cocktail originated in Lima, Peru, and was invented by Victor Vaughen Morris, an American bartender, in the early 1920s. Morris left the United States in 1903 to work in Cerro de Pasco, a city in central Peru. In 1916, he opened Morris’ Bar in Lima, and his saloon quickly became a popular spot for the Peruvian upper class and English-speaking foreigners. The pisco sour underwent several changes until Mario Bruiget, a Peruvian bartender working at Morris’ Bar, created the modern Peruvian recipe of the cocktail in the latter part of the 1920s by adding Angostura bitters and egg whites to the mix.
Ireland has two main national drinks. They are famous for Guinness Beer and Irish Whiskey. The Guinness brand is synonymous with Ireland. In 1759, Arthur Guinness acquired a four acre site and signed a 9,000-year lease for the St. James’ Gate Brewery in Dublin. The brewery became well known for brewing “porter,” which was a dark ale. Over the past 250 years, the dark ale has evolved in to an unique dark stout. According to the company, over 10 million glasses of Guinness are enjoyed daily around the world.
Ireland is home to several distilleries, which produce some of the world’s finest whiskeys. Uisce Beatha is the Gaelic term for whiskey and translates to “water of life”. The most common types of whiskey distilled in Ireland include single malt, single grain and blended whiskey. Examples of Irish whiskey include Black Bush, Bushmills, Jameson, Paddy, Powers, and Tullamore Dew to name a few.