Whether you’re staying at home or venturing out into the world, one of the best ways to know any country is to know it’s national cocktail and how to make it. Some of your future best friends can be found at that cool bar somewhere in the world, know what to bond over with these 10 signature cocktails from around the globe:
1. Peru: The Pisco Sour
Created in the city of Lima, this refreshing blend of lime juice and Peruvian liquor pisco is a great way to end any day. The touch of egg-white gives it a nice frothy finish.
3 ounces pisco
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce key lime juice
1 egg white
Angostura bitters (2-3 dashes)
1. Mix the pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker.
2. Add ice to fill, and shake vigorously.
3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass, and sprinkle the Angostura bitters on top of the foam.
4. Serve immediately.
2. Brasil: The Caipirinha
A little sour, a little sweet. If you’ve spent time in Brasil, you know that it’s signature cocktail represents everything this country gives.
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice, plus 3 lime wedges and 1 lime wheel
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces cachaça
Fill a rocks glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lime juice and lime wedges with the sugar and simple syrup. Add the cachaça and 1 cup of ice and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into the rocks glass and garnish the caipirinha with the lime wheel.
3. Singapore: The Singapore Sling
Considered the cocktail that started the tiki erin craze, this cocktail was created in the famed Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Get into it’s history and learn how to make it with this video:
4. Kenya: The Dawa
Considered a medicinal cocktail in Nairobi, this cocktail’s Brazilian roots are blended with Kenyan Dawa sticks, perfect for twirling honey.
1 tbsp sugar
2 oz vodka
crushed ice cubes
1 whole lime quarter with skin on
1 Dawa twisted in creamed honey
Put lime and sugar into a whisky tumbler.
Crush limes slightly, add ice and pour in the vodka.
At this point you twist a dawa (or swizzle) stick into some honey and add the stick to the drink. A wooden honey stick or other type of stick twisted in honey will work.
Muddle limes with dawa or honey stick. The more you crush the limes into the mixture and stir the sweeter the taste.
5. Mexico: The Margarita
Need we say more? Just remember to lay off the sweetness and go for top shelf tequila. Always.
Salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave)
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec)
1. If using salt, place in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with a dampened paper towel, then dip in salt.
2. Fill the glass with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau; and stir a few times until chilled. Serve immediately.
6. Spain: The Tinto Verano
It’s the official summertime drink of Spain, as it literally translates to “Red Wine Of Summer.” Bonus? It’s incredibly easy to make.
Red table wine
Lemon-flavored sparkling water (or for a sweeter finish, lemon/lime soda)
Take equal parts wine and sparkling water and pour over ice. Add lemon slice to garnish.
7. USA: The Bourbon Old Fashioned
It’s the drink that outlasted prohibition, and here’s how to make it the right way:
8. Great Britain: The Pimm’s Cup
Everything about this drink, from the Pimm’s to the English cucumber and ginger beer screams summer in London. Get into what millions of Brits drink by the pitcher during the warm months.
1 3-inch piece English cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch slices, plus 2 spears (for garnish)
3/4 cup Pimm’s No. 1*
3 tablespoons fresh Meyer lemon juice or regular lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 sprigs each fresh rosemary, thyme, and mint
2 lemon slices
2 fresh strawberries, halved
Ginger beer, chilled
2 rhubarb stalks (for garnish)
1. Place 1/2-inch-thick cucumber slices in cocktail shaker.
2. Using muddler or handle of wooden spoon, mash well.
3. Add Pimm’s, lemon juice, and sugar. Fill 2 pilsner glasses with ice; set aside.
4. Add ice to Pimm’s mixture, cover, and shake vigorously 20 times. Strain into glasses.
5. Push 1 rosemary sprig, 1 thyme sprig, 1 mint sprig, 1 lemon slice, and 2 strawberry halves down into each glass.
6. Fill glasses with ginger beer. Garnish with cucumber spears and rhubarb stalks.
9. Thailand: The Siam Sunray
Slightly new to the fold, this tropical cocktail was crowned the official cocktail of Thailand just a few years ago. All of the ingredients are said to create “Thailand in a glass.” See for yourself with this video:
10. Caribbean: Island Rum Punch
We’ve already broken down how to make the Bajan version, but this one represents the best of the Caribbean as a whole. Mix it up, layout in the sun and imagine you are on your favorite island whenever you wish.
1 can guava nectar
1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
1 1/2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
1 1/2 cups rum
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
8 drops Angostura bitters
Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
Stir together all ingredients except nutmeg in a pitcher. Serve over ice, sprinkled with a bit of nutmeg.
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