Traveling? Find Some Drinks!

What are you most looking forward to when you take a vacation? What about if you’re going on a last minute business trip without your boss? Most Americans are looking for some rest and relaxation for vacation, but a close second is enjoying a cocktail! (Making love was a distant third place)

So, I’ve asked some friends in the travel industry to send me the drink that symbolized their city for both vacationers and business travelers. Oh, and these cities have plenty of taxis so you can get back to your hotel (safely!) to finish that report you’re supposed to give your boss! Yeah – good luck with that.

Chicago

You’ll want to order a glass (or three) of “312” from Goose Island Brewery. It’s been a staple in Chicago forever. The 312 beer is named after Chicago’s primary area code… Good stuff. – Michael, Global Wholesale DevelopmentGoose Island Brewery, Chicago

Goose Island Brewpub | ©Bernt Rostad/Flickr

Dallas

Frozen, Liquid Nitrogen Margarita! Everything in Dallas is big. In fact, the frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas, and we’re taking it to a new level. Instant frozen margarita via liquid nitrogen – find this spectacle by celebrity chef Stephan Pyles at his restaurant Stampede 66. – Liliana, Director of Tourism SazeracLiquid Nitrogen Margarita

Margaritas made with liquid nitrogen in Dallas. #latergram | ©opacity/Flickr

Miami

The (un)official drink of Miami has to be the Mojito. When properly crafted, the drink is both refreshing and exotic: Rum, sugar, lime and mint leaves blended with a touch of fizz to tie it all together. The trend in Miami these last couple of years has hand-crafted variations on the theme: Blueberry Mojito, Coconut Mojito and even Mango Mojitos, among others.Miami Mojito

Travelers can make their way around Miami Mojito-by-Mojito and pick their personal favorites! – Sandra, Product Development Executive

New Orleans 

The Sazerac! One cube sugar; 2 ½ oz. rye whiskey, 2 bashes bitters, absinthe, garnish with lemon peel in an old-fashioned glass. Part of the ritual is to actually mix the drink and muddle the sugar in the old-fashioned glass (not a mixing glass). I’ll bet you thought we were going to write about the Hurricane! – Maria, Tourism SalesSazerac New Orleans

the original sazerac | ©Jenni Konrad/Flickr

New York City

The Manhattan. I guess by saying: “Only the tourists drink Cosmos” is defeating the purpose of this article. But what speaks of style and The City more than the name of the island itself: Manhattan.
Combine vermouth, bourbon whiskey, and bitters with 2 – 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass. Stir gently, don’t bruise the spirits and cloud the drink. Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the whiskey mixture over the cherry. Orange peel twist for the oils, but don’t drop it in! – Ryan, Regional VP Hotel ProductManhattan

San Antonio

That’s easy – The Margarita… great for close-to-the-border enjoyment! And, because this is San Antonio, go all the way with a Prickly Pear Margarita. It looks and tastes like vacation! Stay at the Grand Hyatt and stop by Bar Rojo for some R&R. – Dorah, Director of TourismPrickly Pear Margarita

prickly pear margarita and lemon drop | ©Jacob Moyer/Flickr

Seattle

Gin… Breaking the rules a bit here, but at trendy ‘Speakeasy’ style bars in Seattle – like the Bathtub Gin & Co. – ask your bartender to surprise you with your favorite drink made from one of the many local gins. Hint: Look for speakeasy bars in the Belltown neighborhood. – John, Destination MarketingGin

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