Sure, Americans drink craft wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages, but if you drink only American products, you are missing out. You should explore more of the available liquor selections from around the globe. Not only will you gain a new appreciation for how the rest of the world crafts adult beverages, but you may also find something you really like. You should try all of the following beverages the next time you visit a liquor company like HWC. Each is accompanied by its own reason for trying something new.
The taste of absinthe does not appeal to everyone because it has a licorice sort of flavor. It was a very popular drink during the mid to late nineteenth century across most of Europe, and it originated in Switzerland. It was the favorite drink of artists and musicians of the day, including Toulouse-Latrec.
Even if you decide you do not like the taste, you cannot but help but admire and appreciate the artistic process in which it is served. It is poured and strained over a sugar cube that is sitting on top of an absinthe straining spoon, into a an absinthe cordial glass. Be sure to pick up the absinthe equipment to enjoy this properly.
King Louis of France was issued a bottle of this fruit cordial as a birthday gift. The king loved it so much that he commissioned regular batches to be made and sent to his palaces so that the king would have enough on hand for special occasions. Today, the recipe for this dark, raspberry-flavored cordial remains the same as it was hundreds of years ago, and is still a signature drink for royalty.
This gin was the gin bottled and given to the Queen's guards at the White Tower of London. The soldiers were not often paid in coin, but were instead paid in good gin and quality cuts of beef. The soldiers/guards could not buy much, but they definitely ate and drank well. This gin is still imported from Britain, so it may be worth the "snoot-ful" to see what they drink "on the other side of the pond."
Sake, good sake, is refined more than once to produce the smoothest-tasting rice wine Japan offers. If you go to a Japanese restaurant, ask for a bottle of their best sake. That way, you not only get a chance to taste the good stuff, but you also get to see what the bottle looks like so that you can find it and buy it in larger liquor stores.