The war of the genders is alive and well, played out in bars across the globe. The sweeter and prettier sex wants a drink that is, well, sweet and pretty (most of the time). Men want to abide by ‘man laws’ even though, deep down, they actually want that pink hibiscus martini. Here’s what he said, and what she said, about what to drink in these top nightlife destinations.
Pisco is the national drink in Peru, a brandy distilled from Quebranta grapes. It can be aged in wood for a deeper flavor and color. This stuff is lethal: it does not taste as strong as it really is! Time for Pisco in Lima, Peru:
- He said: “Forget the girly drinks. Leche de Tigre for me- the leftover ceviche juice mixed with a shot of Pisco at La Canta Rana.”
- She said: “Of course I’m having the national drink: Pisco Sour. Pisco brandy, sugar, lime, and egg whites… the best is at Huaringas!”
Chic Sake and Shochu are the reigning liquors in Japan. Sake has gone from a more rustic wine to a serious drink, and Shochu has gone from an ‘old man’s’ drink to the hip thing to imbibe in Tokyo, Japan:
- He said: “I’m looking for a quiet night with some top sake at Ryohana.”
- She said: “Chu-hai for me! Lemon-flavored Shochu and soda in a can, cheaper than beer, with more alcohol and fewer calories!”
- He said: “Black (Extra Old rum) and Coke. I’ll grab a bottle of the rum at the Mount Gay Rum Tour!”
- She said: “The Mount Gay Bar makes the best rum punch: one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, and four of weak!”
Anyone who has ever taken a philosophy or art history class knows absinthe’s infamous history in Paris. Outlawed in 1915 for the supposed hallucinatory side-effects of wormwood’s thujone chemical, absinthe has enjoyed a recent (yet highly regulated) return to bar culture. At least one variety can be found at most well-stocked cafes and bars in the city. Drink like Nietzche in Paris:
- He said: “On the rocks, with water. None of that crazy fountain stuff.”
- She said: “I want the whole ritual, with flames and sugar cubes and intricate spoons. Hotel Royal Fromentin and La Fee Verte do it best.”
Personally, myself and my male counterpart partake in the drink of California: California wine! What is your favorite destination’s signature drink?
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