Hundreds of countries have their spirit of choice — tequila in Mexico, rum in Cuba, and Jameson whiskey in Ireland, for example. Then there are the lesser-known liquors that are favored by a country, often enjoyed while laughing and conversing with friends and family at a neighborhood restaurant. Check out our list of six countries around the world and their lesser-known intoxicants that we’d argue are worth a flight for — or we’d at least make the argument after a shot or two…


6. Sombai in Cambodia

Cambodia‘s national drink comes from Siem Reap, a tourist-heavy town known for the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat temple. Sombai is a rice spirit that’s distilled with one of eight distinct flavor combinations — such as banana and cinnamon, coconut and pineapple, and mango and green chili — that was developed by expats. Most uniquely, though, the liquor is sold in hand-painted bottles with traditional checkered krama cloth decorating the top; the result is a one-of-a-kind bottle that makes for a great gift or souvenir. There’s a Sombai tasting room for travelers who want to sample the flavors before making a purchase.

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