Jack Maxwell's Quest for the Best Sips Continues

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Puréed Frog (Peru Is Magic)

Puréed Frog (Peru Is Magic)

The “energy drink” Jack encounters in Peru (after his interpreter asks him to choose a live frog from a box) isn’t suitable for vegetarians—or anyone who can’t stand to see their beverage-to-be killed, skinned, and blended—but “because I ordered it, I had to drink it,” Jack told Digital Spy. Lesson learned: in Peruvian markets, you point at your peril (the authorities do not take kindly to the sale of rare species for food).   960 1280

  

Airag (Mongolian Road Trip)

Airag (Mongolian Road Trip)

When you’re at the foot of the Khangai Mountains in Mongolia, doing as the locals do means milking a horse, straining the milk through a cloth, hanging it outside your yurt in a leather sack and quaffing it once it ferments. Offering your visitors a bowl of airag is a mandatory element of Mongolian hospitality—and rejecting it would be an horrific breach of etiquette. 960 1280

  

Perique liqueur (Dead in New Orleans)

Perique liqueur (Dead in New Orleans)

Perique, a spicy, barrel-fermented tobacco that hails from St. James Parish, LA, doesn’t turn up in too many pipes or bags of chew, as it’s both rare and pretty hard to handle straight. That said, an adventurous distiller is lobbying the FDA to approve it as a food additive—and, naturally, Jack had a taste of his perique-infused booze (which is said to lack the toxic risks associated with home-made tobacco infusions). 960 1280

  

Umqombothi (South Africa: Hidden Gems)

Umqombothi (South Africa: Hidden Gems)

Jack joins members of the Zulu tribe in a ceremony to honor their ancestors after trying umqombothi, their traditional beer. Made with maize, sorghum, yeast, and water, umqombothi is high in Vitamin B, low in alcohol and thought by some to be responsible for the high rate of esophageal cancer in South Africa, thanks to a fungus that’s known to contaminate the crops used to produce it. Yikes. 960 1280

  

Mampoer (South Africa: Hidden Gems)

Mampoer (South Africa: Hidden Gems)

If that potential cancer link scares you away from Zulu beer, know that mampoer (a popular South African spirit double-distilled from fruit) doesn’t have a similar risk. It doesn’t have a similar ABV, either: It’s so high in alcohol that Hakkiesdraad, the most famous brand, is sold with barbed wire wrapped around the bottle as a warning. 960 1280

  

Seaweed smoothie (Belize: Paradise Found)

Seaweed smoothie (Belize: Paradise Found)

Seaweed turns up on plates, in soap, as medicine, and—on Belize’s Little Water Caye Island—in mixed drinks. It’s blended up with condensed milk and honey, then spiked with brandy. Given that the weed itself tastes like a pickle, as Jack observes, that sounds...interesting. 960 1280

  

Brennivín (Iceland’s Warm Fire)

Brennivín (Iceland’s Warm Fire)

“Brennivín” literally means “burned wine,” but Iceland’s signature beverage is more commonly known in English as Black Death (because the Icelandic government placed a white skull on its label). Looks aside, Brennivín’s herbal flavor isn’t especially lethal unless it’s served with Iceland’s equally notorious signature dish: hákarl, or cured rotten shark.  960 1280

  

Walk Me Down (Tennessee: Red, White, and Booze)

Walk Me Down (Tennessee: Red, White, and Booze)

When does a mixed drink need its own neck strap? When it’s Blues City Café’s Walk Me Down, a hundred-ounce, yard-long quaff made with gin, rum, vodka, tequila, blue curaçao, and sweet and sour mix. Best of luck with that walk.  960 1280

  

Toaka Gasy (The Force of Madagascar)

Toaka Gasy (The Force of Madagascar)

The local drink in Madagascar, toaka gasy, doesn’t sound all that intimidating; it’s just rum, which is reliably delicious when made of and combined with all sorts of things. When the sort of thing in question is snake venom, however, it’s not for the faint of heart.  960 1280

  

Cow urine (India)

Cow urine (India)

Laid up with a hangover in India? As David Foster Wallace would say, urine luck: The locals are ready to provide you with the most memorable cure of all time.   960 1280

  

Tarantula Wine (Drink in the Zen)

Tarantula Wine (Drink in the Zen)

Travelers in Europe are fond of joining their hosts in beverage prep; who isn’t up for a rollicking afternoon of, say, stomping wine grapes with your bare feet? Similarly, in Cambodia’s Kampong Thom Province, you can help catch tarantulas for your booze. Bucket-list material, right?  960 1280

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Masato (Peru is Magic)

Masato (Peru is Magic)

In his adventures on the Amazon, Jack eats pirahna, learns to shoot darts out of a blow gun, and accepts a tribal king’s offer of a drink—which turns out to be ‘spit beer,’ a concoction of tubers that are masticated, spit out, and fermented (and tastes pretty much the way it sounds like it would). He’s grateful for the experience, though: A warm welcome is a warm welcome.  960 1280

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Prairie Oyster (69 Colebrook Row, London)

Prairie Oyster (69 Colebrook Row, London)

If you’re not quite ready for India’s hangover cure, you could try Islington’s: At 69 Colebrook Row, Tony Conigliaro bends molecular gastronomy to his will and creates a deconstructed Bloody Mary that looks for all the world like a Prairie Oyster (the post-bender remedy made with a raw egg, Worcestershire sauce, tomato juice, vinegar, hot sauce, and salt and pepper). Tony’s version features an alginated tomato-juice “yolk,” lab-made horseradish vodka with green tea, spice mix, and herbs. 960 1280

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Flaming Ferrari (Nam Long, London)

Flaming Ferrari (Nam Long, London)

Pyrophobics would do well to steer clear of Nam Long’s Flaming Ferrari (which the Daily Mail listed among the “world’s most dangerous cocktails” in 2014), but everyone else clamors for it. Royals, Rolling Stones, and A-listers from around the world have visited the Knightsbridge bar, where mixologists blend dark rum, Grand Marnier, and green and yellow chartreuse, then set the resulting concoction alight and invite patrons to drink up through a straw.   960 1280

  

King Louie’s Downfall (Bootlegger Tiki, Palm Springs)

King Louie’s Downfall (Bootlegger Tiki, Palm Springs)

If you’re looking to overcome a fear of fire on this side of the Atlantic, pay a visit to Bootlegger Tiki in Palm Springs and request King Louie’s Downfall (a blend of Cuban-style rums, mezcal, maraschino liqueur, vanilla syrup, banana butter cordial, and bitters). Unlike the Flaming Ferrari, co-owner Jamie Kowal says, “we do tell our guests to wait until the fire goes out (or they blow it out) before drinking.” Like some of Jack Maxwell’s foreign finds, this cocktail packs a punch: “There isn’t a warning per se on how many people can drink—however, they find out soon enough.”  960 1280

  

Bamboo Shroom (Vie, Chicago)

Bamboo Shroom (Vie, Chicago)

Fancy some fungus in your glass? In Western Springs, Illinois, bar manager Julius White prepares a tincture of locally-foraged morels for the Bamboo Shroom, Vie’s savory amalgamation of Lustau amontillado sherry, Carpano dry vermouth, Grand Marnier, and orange bitters.  960 1280

  

Fiesta Punch (The Punch Room, Charlotte, NC)

Fiesta Punch (The Punch Room, Charlotte, NC)

If you fear kombucha (the fermented-tea drink that’s all the rage with new-age digestive-health types), you’re not alone. You might soon be alone, however. At The Punch Room, Bob Peters’s Fiesta Punch (made with tequila, cilantro, jalapeno, lemon, lime, and locally-produced Lenny Boy beet ginger kombucha) is so popular that he’s put it on tap.  960 1280

  

Black Tie White Noise (Beauty & Essex, NYC)

Black Tie White Noise (Beauty & Essex, NYC)

If you’re in the market for a murky drink that doesn’t contain endangered frog, New York City’s Beauty & Essex—a restaurant, bar, & lounge hidden behind a pawn shop—is the place for you. Like Jack’s sketchy Peruvian ‘health’ drink, the Black Tie White Noise has an interesting mouthfeel—but in this case, it comes from a capsule of activated charcoal (blended with ½ oz. simple syrup, ¾ oz. lemon zest, ½ oz. yellow chartreuse, 1½ oz. Gentleman Jack, and ¼ oz Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scotch).  960 1280

  

Black Mamba Margarita (The Carbon Bar, Toronto)

Black Mamba Margarita (The Carbon Bar, Toronto)

Our neighbors to the north offer immersion therapy for fear of fire and fear of the dark in margarita form, which is a handy way to address many concerns, really. The Carbon Bar’s Black Mamba Margarita features 1½ oz. charcoal-infused Olmeca Altos tequila, 1 oz. St. Germain, 1 oz. lime juice, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 3 spritzes of Bowmore scotch, a salt rim, and a lime wheel; it’s flamed with Bacardi 151. “It’s been fun letting people know about the health benefits of the activated charcoal,” restaurant manager Sam Lamonde says. “It also whitens your teeth!” We can get behind that kind of personal improvement. 960 1280

  

Hawaii Time

Hawaii Time

Jack poses with some new friends on the shores off Hawaii. 960 1280

  

He’e Holua

He’e Holua

Jack enjoys a beverage before hitting the mountain for “he’e holua” – the ancient tradition of mountain sledding. 960 1280

  

Sunset

Sunset

Sharing a cocktail with friends at twilight on a Hawaii is not a bad way to close the day. 960 1280

  

Hobbit Hole

Hobbit Hole

A trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Hobbit hole in Hobbiton. 960 1280

  

Drinking Kava

Drinking Kava

Jack holding his bowl of Kava, a special New Zealand drink made from the roots of a plant barring the same name. 960 1280

  

Hitting the Pitch

Hitting the Pitch

Jack Maxwell getting ready to hit the pitch for some Rugby in New Zealand. 960 1280

  

Quiapo Market

Quiapo Market

Jack check out the Quiapo Market in the Philippines’ capital city of Manila. 960 1280

  

Catching a Ride

Catching a Ride

Jack catches a ride through Banaue, Philippines.  960 1280

  

Oyster Toast

Oyster Toast

Off the coast of San Leon, TX, Jack and some new friends share some fresh oysters from the Gulf of Mexico and a cocktails from the Railean Distillery. 960 1280

  

Um... Bingo!

Um... Bingo!

Jack learns the finer points of Chicken S---Bingo while in Austin, TX. 960 1280

  

Bangers Sausage House

Bangers Sausage House

Located on popular Rainey Street in Austin, TX, where bungalows have been converted into bars, sits this local favorite, Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden. 960 1280

  

Sheep Herding

Sheep Herding

Jack Maxwell poses with a herd of sheep in Greece before leading them into town. 960 1280

  

Romantic View

Romantic View

The view of Athens, Greece is amazing to enjoy as a couple… 960 1280

  

Late Night View

Late Night View

… or with a cocktail of your choice. 960 1280

  

Sicily, Italy

Sicily, Italy

Jack cheers his glass of Marsala wine as he walks through a grape field in Marsala, Sicily. 960 1280

  

Shaved Ice with a Kick

Shaved Ice with a Kick

In Palermo, Sicily Jack and guide Chico Palladino find a Grattatelle stand (shaved ice with flavoring) where Chico has the shop owner add a little liquor to Jack’s serving. 960 1280

  

Big Time Bugatti

Big Time Bugatti

Jack gives a cheers as he takes off in a 1929 Bugatti in Palermo on the Targa Florio track. Looks kind of like the car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! 960 1280

  

Bar Kaluma

Bar Kaluma

Jack grabs a drink at Bar Kaluma while in Finland. 960 1280

  

Boot Tossing

Boot Tossing

Jack tries his hand at the interesting and unique Finnish sport of boot tossing. 960 1280

  

Hitting the Streets

Hitting the Streets

Jack and his Finnish guide Nikko wait at a bus stop in the city of Helsinki. 960 1280

  

Fishing in Hungary

Fishing in Hungary

Jack and local Hungarians fish in the murky water of the Tisza River with a traditional Roma fishing net. 960 1280

  

Budapest

Budapest

The capital city of Hungary, Budapest, prepares for a large storm. 960 1280

  

Nagyhegyes Farm

Nagyhegyes Farm

Jack Maxwell enjoys a large traditional breakfast on a local Hungarian farm in Nagyhegyes. 960 1280

  

Memento Park

Memento Park

Jack walks through Memento Park in Budapest where statues of Hungary’s past communist leaders stand. The statues were relocated after communist rule fell in 1989. 960 1280

  

Maasai Elders

Maasai Elders

Elders of the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe enjoy honey wine with Jack Maxwell in the great Ngorongoro Conservation Area of Tanzania. 960 1280

  

Cheers!

Cheers!

Jack toasts to the camera while in Tanzania. 960 1280

  

Banana Beer

Banana Beer

Jack asks a local how much banana beer he consumes a day. The answer is a surprising 5 liters. 960 1280

  

Mini Horses

Mini Horses

Jack checks out some miniature horses with on the beach in Shetland, Scotland. 960 1280

  

Highland Games

Highland Games

Jack shares whiskey with Robert, the MC of the Highland Games while in Scotland. 960 1280

  

Can You Knit That?

Can You Knit That?

While in Scotland Jack tries to knit as fast as Hazel Tindall, the fastest knitter in the world. 960 1280

  

Wagon

Wagon

Riding in the back of a wagon in the city outskirts in Hungary. Their preferred method of transportation. 960 1280

  

Acropolis

Acropolis

The theater at the Acropolis in Athens. 960 1280

  

Booze Crew

Booze Crew

The Booze Traveler crew in Manila, Philippines. 960 1280

  

Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

Well, no going back now … 960 1280

  

Bridge of Death

Bridge of Death

Walking across the so-called “bridge of death” in the Philippines. 960 1280

  

Bugatti

Bugatti

In a 1929 Bugatti. A pretty good way to see Sicily, Italy! 960 1280

  

Chocolates

Chocolates

Making chocolates in Savannah. Yes, we are adding liquor to them. 960 1280

  

Cow's Blood

Cow's Blood

Drinking cow's blood with the Maasai in Tanzania can get a little messy. 960 1280

  

Dive Bar

Dive Bar

Tanzania, Africa. I like dive bars, but ... ;-) 960 1280

  

Drinkin' and Fishin'

Drinkin' and Fishin'

Drinkin' and fishin' in the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Well, I'm drinkin' and they're fishin'. I mean, the show is called Booze Traveler! 960 1280

  

Female Impersonator

Female Impersonator

At a female impersonator show in Savannah. This is all I can show you. ;-) 960 1280

  

Gypsy Dance

Gypsy Dance

Dancing with Hungarian gypsies. 960 1280

  

Hobbiton

Hobbiton

Walking through the Shire in Hobbiton, New Zealand. 960 1280

  

Hungarian Feast

Hungarian Feast

Lunch the Hungarian way — a gigantic, all-day feast. 960 1280

  

Ifugao People

Ifugao People

With the Ifugao people in the Philippines. 960 1280

  

Jeepney

Jeepney

Riding on top of a jeepney, because that's how they do it here in the Philippines. 960 1280

  

Kava

Kava

Trying some kava at a formal ceremony in New Zealand while wearing the traditional lava-lava. 960 1280

  

Maasai Warriors

Maasai Warriors

Walking with the Maasai warriors of Tanzania. 960 1280

  

'Macbeth' Throne

'Macbeth' Throne

Something whiskey this way comes. At the castle in Scotland that inspired Macbeth. 960 1280

  

Maui Sailing

Maui Sailing

Sailing old-school on Maui. 960 1280

  

Patagonia

Patagonia

Patagonia, Argentina. I would turn around to see that beautiful view of the Andes, but I'm afraid I might fall. 960 1280

  

Pharmacia

Pharmacia

Stopping into a place called Pharmacia for a little "medicine" in Buenos Aires. 960 1280

  

Puppet

Puppet

Hey, wait a minute: This puppet in Sicily looks an awful lot like me … ;-) 960 1280

  

Rugby

Rugby

About to play rugby with some professionals in New Zealand. This could go a little sideways, I'm thinking. 960 1280

  

Sailing

Sailing

Sailing into the sunset in Zanzibar, Tanzania. 960 1280

  

Rock Sledding

Rock Sledding

Doing a little rock sledding in Hawaii. It's all downhill from here. 960 1280

  

Shepherds

Shepherds

With shepherds on the Greek island of Crete. 960 1280

  

Deer in Argentina

Deer in Argentina

Oh, deer! 960 1280

  

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

A little snowshoeing through the Andes of Patagonia, Argentina. 960 1280

  

St. Andrews

St. Andrews

At the world-famous St. Andrews golf course in Scotland. Oh, yeah, and I'm wearing funny clothes. 960 1280

  

A Match Made in New Zealand

A Match Made in New Zealand

I love you... still 960 1280

  

Viking Cruise

Viking Cruise

Oh, it's THAT Viking cruise line?! (Shetland, Scotland) 960 1280

  

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While working in the bars of South Boston, Jack Maxwell learned one thing: sit down with a stranger and a couple of drinks, and the whole world opens up. Booze Traveler is Jack's search for the world's most interesting drinks, and the people who drink them.

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Booze Traveler Cocktail connoisseur Jack Maxwell will take his respect and appreciation for specialty cocktails to explore new locales, seeking out the people, places, customs and cultures behind drinks across the globe.
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