Next time you’re having friends over, think about breaking the rules and making something not everyone has tried before —like a Pisco Sour or a Tinto de Verano. These simple drinks will make it a night to remember and a chance for guests to experience something completely new.

Most of this drinks are simple and you will find them in larger liquor stores, but not in your average supermarket. The price is just about the same from your usual vodka or beer, but we are not talking about price really—your guests will travel the world with every sip they take.

So, here are some of my favorite drinks:

Discover a new flavor from Peru, also known as the 5th white spirit. Pisco is a type of Brandy made from grapes at the foothill of the Andes Mountains and is a versatile spirit that you can add into your favorite mixers, replacing some other traditional spirits like vodka.

Tinto de Verano
Forget about Sangria and say hello to a refreshing drink for any occasion. It’s easy to make and usually mixed with rum, but Tinto de Verano is lighter. Spaniards drink it on hot summer days, but any occasion is more than fine. If you can’t find Tinto de Verano in the States, here’s a quick way to make it: one part red wine, one part Sprite or 7up and mix well.

Feel like something strong that locals around South America enjoy drinking? Try some shots of “fiery water” mainly taken in shot glass. Aguardiente might not be for everyone, but it for sure will fire up your next dinner party. Made from different sources like fruits, sugarcane or Grain-based ingredients, this special drink will vary from the brand and country you buy it from. Still wondering about the taste? Think Grappa, or Tequila without the taste.



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Henrique Kerch
I'm a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light. Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.