It’s all Greek to Me

water_and_ouzo.jpgThirsty Thursday is here again and you know what that means, time for the drink of the week. This week’s feature comes to us all the way from Greece–Ouzo. This anise flavored liqueur is the national beverage of Greece, but it can also be found in Cyprus. It became an exclusively Greek product in 2006, similar to Sangria of Spain and Portugal as well as Champagne to the Champagne region of France. Lets learn a little more about this cultural beverage.

First created by monks in the 14th century in Mt. Athos, Ouzo didn’t go into modern production until the 19th century. The first distillery was located in Tyrnavos in 1856 and owned by Nikolaus Katsaros, which is where one of the most popular brands of Ouzo comes from–Ouzo Tyrnavos. Unlike many Thirsty Thursday feature we don’t have any conflicting stories about Ouzo. Sorry no bar fights over a drink this week.

Generally taken as a shot, the drink can also be served with water on the rocks. It is known as an aperitif and if you have been an avid reader of the blog, you know that means a before dinner drink or part of happy hour. Generally served with appetizers such as fish, olives and feta cheese. Ouzo tastes similar to absinthe because of its anise flavor. But became much more popular with the banning of Absinthe during the 20th century.

To try your own Ouzo shot, give us a call at Ambassador Travel 920.236.7777 so we can start creating you Greece getaway today!

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Thirsty Thursday

KC0205_Paloma_s4x3.jpgFor all of our travelers headed to Mexico here is a drink you are certainly going to want to order. According to bonappetit.com, “It turns out the Paloma, not the Margarita, is Mexico’s most beloved cocktail.” So lets learn a little about this fun festive drink.

Paloma, the Spanish word for dove, is a fun refreshing beverage for anyone. Whether you are drinking it in it’s native Mexico or making at home for upcoming barbecue’s it is a great warm weather drink. There are two options for making the drink. Originally it is made with white tequila, and grapefruit soda. Served over ice and garnished with a lime wedge. For a fresher taste fresh grapefruit juice and club soda along with freshly squeezed lime can replace the soda.

So for all of our travelers you will have one more drink option for your unlimited drink and food package. Good luck and please feel free to write me after you’ve tried your first or seventh Paloma!

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Excuse my French

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Whether you live the fabulous life or just want to add a little class to your next cocktail party, this fancy drink will be right up your alley. The Kir Royale is a French cocktail that will make you feel like you are sipping your bubbly at Versailles even if you’re just in your living room. And the best part, it only calls for two ingredients. Someone famous somewhere said, “There is beauty in simplicity,” and I honestly believe they must have been talking about the Kir Royale. So here is what you will need: Champagne and Creme de Cassis. And for those of you who have never heard of the second ingredient, no worries, it’s actually fairly common and you should be able to find it at any large liquor stores.

lejay-bottle.jpgSo lets learn a little more about this simply fantastic drink. A Kir Royale is actually a spin on another French cocktail just known as a Kir. Kir’s are made with Creme de Cassis and a white wine. So the only difference is the champagne, but lets be honest champagne makes everything more fun. For those of you wondering what Cassis is, it’s a dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants. Blackcurrants are berries native to central and northern Europe and as far as I can tell are similar to blackberries and are also used in jellies and jams. One of the most common brands of Creme de Cassis is known as Lejay. And if this drink wasn’t already fancy enough, the same cassis buds used for Lejay Creme de Cassis are also used in the high end perfume Chanel No. 5. But don’t worry the Liqueur is much cheaper per ounce than the perfume.

So now that I have inspired your thirsty Thursday drink of choice it is time to get out there and sample this fancy beverage. I plan on making them this weekend for my husband’s birthday, make sure to check out our Instagram for pictures!

For more information or if you would like to sip this fancy beverage in it’s country of origin please call Ambassador Travel at 920.236.7777 or visit ambassadortravelltd.com to schedule an appointment.

My My Mai Tai

It’s Thirsty Thursday everyone!! That means the weekend is right around the corner. Get through the next few days by sipping on our featured drink of the week the Mai Tai. OneMock-Mai-Tai2.jpg thing this drink does is put you in the mood for a tropical vacation. Some of the best Mai Tai’s I’ve ever had were in the Bahamas and every time I sip one it brings me back to paradise. Let learn a little bit about this vacation style beverage.

A Mai Tai is made with white rum, dark rum, orange curaçao, Orgeat syrup and lime juice. They are typically garnished with a pineapple or a tropical flower. Shake your drink with ice and pour over ice for a refreshing cocktail that will transport you and your tastebuds to white sand beaches and crystal clear skies.

RoyalHawaiianMaiTai.JPGThe Mai Tai is claimed to be invented by two rival restaurants in L.A. Trader Vic’s owned by Victor Bergeron claimed to have made the drink in 1944. Vic had friends visiting from Tahiti so he created this cocktail. One of the friends yelled out “very good” in Tahitian, which in the native tongue translates to Mai Tai. The rival restaurant who stakes their claim to fame is Don the Beachcomber restaurant. This tinsel town eatery claimed to have invented the drink in 1933, 11 years before Vic and his Tahitian friends. Reports claim that the Mai Tai’s from both restaurants taste so different that you may not even know they are the same drink. Officially there are 11 different ways to make a Mai Tai, so the argument will still persist.

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Thirsty Thursday: Jenever

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Welcome to Thirsty Thursday today we are taking a trip across the pond to Europe to learn about a beverage known as Jenever. Jenever translated means Dutch Gin in English. It is a very popular liquor in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. As far as I can tell the Dutch part does not mean it comes from there, but makes it a specific type of gin because it is described as tasting more like vodka.

The European Union states that it can only be called Jenever if it is made in 2 northern French Departments (also known as regions or states) and in 2 German Federal States. The drink itself is produced by distilling malt wine with added herbs such as the juniper berry. In Dutch the word juniper is translated to jeneverbes hence Jenever as the name.

Like many alcohols it’s history is a little confusing and disputed, but lets learn about it shall we. Jenever is attributed to being invented by Dutch Chemist Franciscus Sylvius de Bouve. And it was first sold by him as medicine in the 16th century. One problem with this theory is that Bouve was not born until the 17th century, so him inventing it in the 16th is pretty much impossible. There are also records showing that in 1606 it stopped being considered a medicine and that pretty much completely discredits Bouve. The National Jenevermuseum in Belgim claims it was created in Flanders in the 13th century by Professor Eric Van Schoonenberghe. There wasn’t much proof or history behind that, but it would make more sense for it to be invented at this time.

There are two types of Jenever: Old and New. This doesn’t have anything to do with it’s actual age, but instead the distilling process. New style contains more grain than malt. According to guidelines new style cannot contain more than 15% malt wine and no more than 10 grams of sugar per liter. Old style must have at least 15% malt wine and no more than 20 grams sugar per liter.

The liquor is served generally in a tulip shaped glass, poured to the brim at room temperature. It is often consumed as well in a frosted shot glass.

To try out this beverage yourself you will need to call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to set up an appointment with one of our excellent Travel Consultants!

Best Drinks From Around the World

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If you are like me then you are obsessed with Buzzfeed articles. I can barely scroll through my Facebook timeline without seeing their humorous articles and I can NEVER pass up one of their quizzes.. like who doesn’t want to know which version of Taylor Swift they are, (I got leaving the gym looking perfect Taylor, naturally), but today I found an article perfect for our Thirsty Thursday blog. In said article they lay out 13 of the world’s best drinks and where in those cities to try them. I don’t know how they landed on these 13, but several have been featured right here on our blog, so naturally I wanted to share it with all of my lovely readers!

article: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/delicious-boozy-drinks-from-around-the-world?utm_term=.xsNjwXx13#.fd46VZ5Ry

Although I’ve written about quite a few of these I have actually only tried 2 of them myself. I would love to hear from all of you if you have tried any of these drinks. I have had the Pimms cup, which by the way I love and is becoming more popular again. You can find it at many bars. And the Paloma, which I would say far rivals the margarita any day. But please don’t hold back tell me what you think about these worldly beverages!

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Thirsty Thursday: Pina Colada

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What gets us in the mood to travel south more than a delicious Pina Colada. Now most of us have enjoyed this delicious umbrella drink, but do we know anything about its history? If not, then keep reading; if so I guess go make yourself a Pina Colada and wait until tomorrow’s blog post.

esmokeking-pina-colada-finest-selection-eliquid-10ml-600_5Pina Colada is Spanish for strained pineapple, which comes from one the drink’s main ingredients. Other ingredients include white rum and coconut cream. It has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978 and the people of the island celebrate national Pina Colada day every year on July 10th. Like many popular drinks the Pina Colada has a history that is debated and still to this day a definite rivalry. The two main accounts of where the drink was first made come from a dispute between two bartenders. The first, Ramon Marrero Perez, claims to have made the delicious drink first at the Caribe Hilton Hotel’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan in 1954. Another Ramon tells a different story though; Ramon Portas Mingot says he created the drink in 1963 at the Barrachina Restaurant in Old San Juan. And regardless of which account you believe you can still visit both locations to sample what claims to be the original Pina Colada.

Want to try this delicious drink in its native land? Call us today to book your next trip to Puerto Rico. Also make sure to check out our website, here you can request an appointment online and learn more about what we do. 920.236.7777 or ambassadortravelltd.com

Brazilian booze

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday, the weekend isn’t far off and I am here to inspire you with some drinkspiration. Because we talked about Brazil’s Carnival yesterday I got to thinking about how much I want to visit the South American country. We are about to get a real taste of everything Brazil in the next few months because the Olympics are being held there this summer. And I know that that will just give me more of an itch to travel. So I decided to continue my fascination and feature Brazil’s national liquor for today’s Thirsty Thursday blog–Cachaca. home_cachaca_61.jpg

Cachaca is an alcohol similar to rum. It is made by a fermentation process with sugar cane juice. Sugar cane production was brought to Brazil by the Portuguese in 1532. The process of making Cachaca is similar to rum, except for the fact that rum is made with molasses and Cachaca comes strictly from the sugar cane juice. With 1.5 billion liters consumed within Brazil annually you can see why it is known as their national liquor.

Like rum, Cachaca has high end and cheaper versions. It can be bought white or unaged, which tends to be the lower quality and is generally used in mixed drinks. One of the most common mixed drinks that calls for Cachaca is Caipirinha, which I featured on a Thirsty Thursday blog last spring. The more higher end versions are generally aged and have a gold coloring. This type is supposed to be sipped rather than mixed to make cocktails.

Interested in learning more about Brazil? Give us a call 920.236.7777 or visit ambassadortravelltd.com to schedule an appointment with one of our South America experts.

Caipirinha (kai-pir-in-ya)

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So if you are a lover of our blog you may recognize this drink because we have featured it before, but this article is pretty cool about the history of Brazil’s Caipirinha.  Happy thirsty Thursday everyone, check out this article and let the flavors of Brazil inspire your next destination!

Article: https://www.gadventures.com/blog/caipirinha-brief-history-brazils-famous-cocktail/#.V-qtTcBX040.facebook

Interested in trying this beloved cocktail? Want to know more about Brazil? It’s time to call us here at Ambassador Travel Ltd.

 

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Southern Charm

shutterstock_74285437.jpgAs the largest city in Kentucky, Louisville has couples opportunities to offer it’s visitors. Founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark, the city is named for famed French King Louis XVI. Although there are endless options of things to do in the city, Louisville is mostly known for: the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and the Louisville Slugger baseball bats.

So what can you do in this cool city that is known for bringing us some of the best things in the world? Well I am glad you asked! First you can make a visit to Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby takes place each year. If you are there in May for the big horse race you can sample a mint julep, which is the official drink of the derby. Over 120,000 are sold each year over the course of the two day event. Also make sure to check out the largest baseball bat outside the Louisville Slugger factory.

This city is also know for excellent bluegrass music, Bourbon and southern style food. Visit Louisville’s Bourbon Bistro, which offers over 130 varieties of Bourbon. If you don’t like your Bourbon straight and want to order a cocktail stick to Old Fashions or Manhattans. People from Louisville frown upon mixing Bourbon with Coke.

Looking to take the kids? Great! Louisville has a great zoo that is sure to entertain. Or take them to the Muhammed Ali Center. Even if you aren’t a fan of boxing this huge museum offers interactive exhibits as well as amazing presentations. And don’t worry even if you see a lot of people going in ahead of you, this place is huge and there is generally not much waiting!

Are you a lover of history and literature? Louisville plays several interesting roles in history. The historic old Louisville neighborhood is one of the largest Victorian neighborhoods in the United States. Take a stroll by these gorgeous homes. Are there an F. Scott Fitzgerald lovers out there? As a young lieutenant F.Scott was stationed near Louisville providing inspiration for many settings of the Great Gatsby.

Ready to take the trip down south for some fried chicken and oversize baseball bats? Then it’s time to call Ambassador Travel at 920.236.7777