There’s no better way to immerse yourself in a culture than to eat what the locals eat—and drink what the locals drink. Whether you’re hoping to strike up convivial conversations or simply sit back and sip on something delicious, sampling a local concoction allows you to stop and take a moment to quite literally drink in the customs and traditions that surround you. No matter where your travels take you, you can be sure that there’s a unique cocktail waiting for you at the other end. (We'll drink to that!).


01Paloma in Mexico

When it comes to national cocktails, most Americans think margaritas and Mexico go hand in hand. But talk to any Mexican, and you’ll discover that tequila-based beverage of choice among locals is actually La Paloma, which gets its moniker from the Spanish word for “dove.” More sour than sweet, enthusiasts consider this fizzy grapefruit-flavored drink to be one of the smoothest sips out there.

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