We all have that dust-covered bottle of mystery booze lingering at the back of a cabinet – the one with the kooky animal shape perhaps, or syrupy day-glo fluid. Most of us tend to dismiss such curiosities out of hand as mere gimmicks (may we suggest a sip of Cinnabon vodka?). Yet there's a big wonderful, or at the very least interesting, world beyond the usual and safe vodka-gin-whiskey-tequila club most of us cling to. Here are a dozen of the most intriguing or exotic concoctions we've seen from across the globe that you can actually buy and try yourself.
The drink of choice for winter sports enthusiasts at Austrian ski resorts, Alpensahne is a combination of local cream and brandy as well as pureed alpine mountain pears, which lend a light sweetness. The cream is the centerpiece though, and comes only from cows in Austria's Ennstal Valley. Because of its rich, creamy flavor, Lauria Alpensahne can be sipped alone but is often a companion to an espresso or alongside dessert. [$35 for 750ml; lauria.at]