Drink Your Way Around the World with these International Cocktails
Posted on Aug 13, 2014
Forget soccer: We believe the world’s most popular sport happens outside of a court and inside a bar. There are very few practices around the world as popular as drinking and almost every culture has a different boozy tradition. Whether you’re planning a trip to a place far away or just want to pretend your backyard is a sunny beach in Rio, these cocktails will transport you around the globe.
Let’s start with the national cocktail of Brazil, the Caipirinha. Made with the sugarcane spirit cachaça, lime juice and sugar, this drink can be made right in the glass. That means it’s easy to make at home or even have someone else make it for you right on a sunny beach. Now that cachaça is gaining popularity outside of Brazil, you can pick up a bottle and try out the Latin American staple yourself.
Called “one of the great names in cocktails” by author, cocktail historian and Liquor.com advisory board member David Wondrich, the Singapore Sling is a century-old mixed drink originating in Southeast Asia. Combine gin, a couple of fruity liqueurs and club soda and you’ve got a cocktail with sweet and smooth flavors.
Leave it to the French to create an effortlessly elegant aperitif. Made with Champagne and Chambord, a French blackberry liqueur (use crème de cassis for the classic Kir Royale), this is a simple sparkling cocktail that will elevate any dinner party and impress your friends.
It may not be easy to visit Cuba, but you can sure drink like a Cuban. Actually, you might be doing so already. Known in the U.S. and many countries around the world as a Rum and Coke, most people don’t know that this classic highball was invented in Cuba around the turn of the 20th century, sharing the same birthplace as the Daiquiri and Mojito. Want to elevate your Cuba Libre? Add some lime juice before garnishing.
Have a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 on hand? You’re one step closer to celebrating summer like a Brit. With some ginger ale, fresh fruit and Pimm’s, you can build the essential cocktail of Wimbledon in no time. Don’t believe us? Watch our How to Cocktail video.