Pound Yellowhammers on game day
Game day for the University of Alabama means throwing back Yellowhammers at campus mainstay Gallettes, before, during and after the football game. This fruity rum drink—served in a collectible yellow cup—is made with a secret recipe that no one can seem to replicate, which means you’ll just have to keep coming back to Gallettes for the real deal. Roll tide!
Sip craft beer on the Alaska Railroad
Alaska is home to some of the country’s best (and most plentiful) craft brews, which are best sampled aboard the Great Alaska Beer Train. This scenic journey on the Alaska Railroad takes you from Anchorage to Portage and serves six half pints of Glacier BrewHouse beer, with more beers for purchase; the landscape is jaw-dropping and the ale is local, fresh and delicious.
Watch a cactus wine ceremony in the desert
If you ask nicely or receive an invitation, you can participate in the rain ceremony of the Tohono O’odham, a Native American tribe that calls Arizona home. The ceremony involves dancing, singing, honoring ancestors and drinking lots of tiswin, or cactus wine. According to lore, if the natives’ bodies became saturated with wine made from the bright magenta fruit, so too would the earth become saturated with rain.
Try real moonshine in the Ozarks
The tradition of distilling white lightning is strong in Appalachia, where people have been swilling ‘shine in the Ozarks for generations. Forget the fruity drinks posing as moonshine—drink the real stuff in the mountains.