Cyprus has been making its own brandy since 1871, and the spirit (which is slightly less alcoholic than other European varieties) is beloved among locals. Fittingly, it is also the key ingredient in the island-nation's signature cocktail.
In the 1930s, when the King of Egypt, a young Farouk, stayed at a resort on the island, his Muslim background required that he not drink. A fan of Western cocktails, he requested an alcoholic drink that could be disguised as non-alcoholic.
The result? The Cypriot brandy sour, which resembles an ice tea but actually contains Cyprus brandy, lemon and bitters.
The drink quickly spread across the island's resorts, eventually making its way around the world.