See the world through a drink. Traveling to other countries makes you realize how good you have it (I'm speaking to you, my fellow Americans), and you'll realize there are many things that unite us -- like a high quality cocktail. The Intercontinental is one of many examples. Thanks to Imbibe magazine for introducing me to it.
Combine in a shaker with ice, stir with the sexy and sophisticated demeanor of a world traveler, and strain into a chilled glass. Orange garnish optional.
The original Intercontinental recipe calls for Cognac, but use whatever brandy you prefer. Keep in mind all Cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is Cognac (it is all torched Dutch grapes). Brandy can come from anywhere, e.g. the pisco in a Pisco Sour comes from South America, but Averna and Luxardo maraschino liqueur only come from Italy.
I've had the good fortune to travel to various parts of the world, and I've embarrassed my wife, aka Ms. Wulf Cocktail Den, in many countries. We believe in trying the local stuff. We've had good experiences, e.g. Mekhong, a Thai "whiskey" (it is the base of the Mekhong Manhattan), and bad, e.g. Turkish beer. Either way we're richer for the experience.
Have passport, have liver, will travel.