While the Russians and Polish may stake claim to having invented vodka, they certainly don’t hold the exclusivity to making it anymore. Today, the Swedish, French, Canadians, and most recently, the Japanese, have gotten into the game, too, turning out quality swill that rivals the original makers. But those aren't the only surprises when it comes to spirits. Did you know that Mexico produces fabulous wines? And have you ever sampled premium sake from the U.S.? We’ve scoured the globe to round up a selection of excellent spirits that are currently making a splash in some surprising locations.
by Kathleen Squires
A serial traveler who often lets a country’s cuisine dictate her itineraries, New York City-based writer Kathleen Squires has visited all 7 continents and over 60 countries, with stints living in London, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. Her work also appears in The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Cooking Light, and National Geographic Traveler.