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We’re living in a golden era for fine food and drinks. Restaurants have gotten incredibly sophisticated in the last few years. There’s no excuse for having a lousy meal anymore, and even small, little-known establishments have something special for the world’s foodies.
We can say the same thing about drinks. Cocktails can make an establishment world famous. Let’s talk about three restaurants and bars known for their drinks, and be known, we mean known worldwide!
Harry’s Bar, Venice, Italy.
#HarrysBar is a legendary establishment in Venice, Italy. It opened its doors in 1931. This is no ordinary bar — it was declared a national landmark in 2001! Harry’s Bar was frequented by Truman Capote, Woody Allen, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, and many others. Why is this relatively small Bar so famous? The answer is on its drink menu.
Legend says the Bellini, the famous cocktail made with Prosecco and peach purée, was invented at Harry’s. Although the Martini is an American creation, experts agree Harry’s Bar has the best Martini in the world. Spoiler alert (They make the Martini in batches, store it in the fridge and serve it in short, stemless glasses!)
La Floridita, La Havana, Cuba
When it comes to Cuba, everyone thinks about the famous mojito. The mojito was created in La Bodeguita del Medio, in Havana. Of course, La Bodeguita could easily be on today’s list, but that would be too easy. Instead, let’s talk about the other famous cocktail in Havana — the Daiquiri.
The Daiquiri was created in #LaFloridita, another famous restaurant/bar in Cuba’s capital city, in the early 1900s. The cocktail’s origin is contested, of course. Still, everyone visiting Cuba goes to La Floridita for the same reason — to taste the refreshing combination of white rum, lime juice, and superfine sugar.
The Carousel Bar & Lounge, New Orleans, USA
There’s no shortage of great places to drink in New Orleans, but some are more historical than others. #TheCarouselBar in Royal St has its merry-go-round bar inside the Hotel Monteleone. Just sitting here is a life-changing experience.
The Carousel Bar is famous for its drinks, particularly the Vieux Carre cocktail. The “old quarter” cocktail is a combination of rye whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, and Peychaud’s bitters, and it looks a lot like a Manhattan. This is as complex and sophisticated as cocktails get, and, although hard to explain, the Vieux Carre tastes like New Orleans. People visit the Carousel Bar daily to taste this colorful and vibrant drink!
What Are Your Favorite Original Drinks?
Many restaurants and bars serve spectacular cocktails, but the magic happens when you try a drink where it was invented. Could you imagine trying pizza where it was created? How about hot dogs? And we’re featuring cocktails on today’s list, but the same goes for non-alcoholic beverages and food. Food and drinks are more than nourishment — they’re also history and tradition! What a time to be alive for a foodie!