Like many travel-lovers out there, I’m at home searching for ways to ignite my wanderlust. Last week, I shared 10 international dinner recipes to inspire travel and felt that it was only fitting to round up my favorite drinks from around the world, too!
Summer is right around the corner, so what better time to master a refreshing travel-inspired cocktail to celebrate the season!
If you’re at home dreaming of distant lands, head to your cupboard and pull out the cocktail shaker because we’re about to travel the globe with these 12 drinks from around the world!
12 Drinks From Around the World to Spark Your Wanderlust
1. Pisco Sour (Peru)
Inspired by the Whiskey Sour, the Pisco Sour was created in 1916 at the Morris Bar in Lima, Peru. Since then, it has grown into the nation’s most famous beverage and even has its own National Holiday!
The Pisco Sour is tangy and sweet with a dash of bitterness. The cocktail is topped with egg whites, which makes for a super creamy texture and refreshing taste.
2 oz Peruvian pisco
1 fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 egg white
Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and vigorously shake until well blended. Strain into a glass filled with ice cubes and garnish your Pisco Sour with some bitters.
2. Pimm’s (London, UK)
I discovered Pimm’s when I spent a summer in London and quickly became obsessed with this fruity punch. Everywhere we went, it seemed like all of the pubs were overflowing with locals sipping on this sweet summer nectar, so we obviously had to join in!
Making this classic London cocktail is super simple! All you need is a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 and some lemonade.
200ml Pimm’s No. 1
Fill a large, clear jug with ice and pour in the Pimm’s first. Next, pour the lemonade over the Pimm’s and ice and give it a good stir. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, sliced cucumber, oranges and strawberries.
3. Singapore Sling (Singapore)
If you love gin, then you’ll love the Singapore Sling.
The Singapore Sling is an icon of this Southeast Asian metropolis. Read any guide on Singapore, and I guarantee you will find recommendations to grab this classic cocktail at the Raffles Hotel.
The Singapore Sling first appeared on the scene in 1915. Its smooth, semi-sweet, and complex flavor has remained a favorite for over 100 years! Though there are many versions of the recipe that have surfaced over the last century, the one below is as close to the original as it gets.
3/4 oz quality gin
1/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/4 oz herbal liquor
1/4 oz cherry liquor
1 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Club soda (to top)
Add all ingredients except the club soda to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well blended. Strain into a glass and top with the club soda. Garnish with a cherry, a pineapple or orange slice!
4. Aperol Spritz (Italy)
An Aperol Spritz, or Spritz Veneziano, is a wine-based cocktail that will instantly transport you to the Italian Riviera with just one sip. This summer cocktail has been an Italian favorite for years, but it wasn’t until recently that its popularity exploded across Europe.
Only three ingredients are needed to create this refreshing, bubbly cocktail at home.
3 oz prosecco
2 oz Aperol
1 oz soda water
Add all ingredients to a large wine glass and stir well. Top it off with an orange slice and you’re good to go!
5. Cosmopolitan (New York City, USA)
A Cosmopolitan, or informally a cosmo, is a legendary cocktail with a huge history. This pink-hued drink became ultra-popular when it appeared on the show, Sex and the City. Although this cocktail was well-known before Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha were seen toasting with it, they made this very New York drink even more New York.
This Cosmopolitan recipe is the perfect ratio of sweet and tart and can be shaken up in a matter of minutes.
2 oz quality (non-citrus) vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
3/4 oz cranberry juice
1/4 oz fresh lime juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange peel.
6. Sangria (Spain)
This list of 12 drinks from around the world wouldn’t be complete without a crowd favorite – Sangria.
Originally a staple beverage found in Spain and Portugal, Sangria’s popularity has spread across the world! This festive summer punch undeniably refreshing on a hot day and pairs perfectly with Spanish tapas or Mexican tacos.
Sangria is made with red or white wine (depending on your preference), and a mix of freshly cut, seasonal fruit, making it super versatile.
1 bottle of fruity wine (like Garnacha or Pinot Noir)
1/2 cup brandy
1 apple sliced
2 oranges (1 sliced, 1 juiced)
1 lemon (sliced)
Maple syrup or honey to sweeten
Add all of the ingredients into a large, clear jug, and stir until well blended. Taste the mixture and adjust if needed. Top it off with a few sprigs of mint for garnish.
7. French 75 (France)
The French 75, or le Soixante-Quinze if you want to be extra authentic, is a sparkling cocktail that an excellent accompaniment to your Sunday brunch. This French classic dates all the way back to 1915 when it was created in the most famous cocktail bar in Parisian history, “Harry’s New York Bar.”
2 oz gin
.05 oz Gomme syrup (or simple syrup)
1 oz lemon juice
Champagne (to top)
2 dashes of Absinthe
Combine all ingredients except the champagne in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake it up until the outside of the shaker is very cold (about 20-30 seconds). Strain into a tall glass, top with champagne and garnish with lemon!
8. Paloma (Mexico)
Most people order a Margarita when they visit Mexico, but the Paloma is actually the country’s official national cocktail. This refreshing and fabulous drink is a Mexican favorite that combines tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit soda.
The Paloma is a great alternative to the classic Cinco de Mayo sipper (Margaritas) and is super simple to shake up!
2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp sugar
2 oz tequila
2 oz club soda
Wet the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and dip it in salt. Then, add ice into the glass, followed by all of the ingredients, and stir until well combined.
9. Black Russian (Belgium)
Despite its misleading name, the Black Russian was actually invented in Brussels, Belgium in 1949. History tells us that Perle Mesta, an American ambassador to Luxembourg, was hanging out at a hotel bar in Brussels. The bartender decided to whip up a signature drink for her, the Black Russian.
This rich cocktail got its name from the dark color of the coffee liquor and the vodka – a traditional Russian drink.
1/2 oz vodka
3/4 coffee liquor
1 cup ice
Fill an old fashioned glass with ice, add the vodka and coffee liquor and give it a good stir.
10. Sake (Japan)
Sake (pronounced “sa-keh”) is one of the oldest drinks in the world – it even dates back to the 3rd century! Traditionally, this refined beverage was designed to be sipped slowly, like a glass of fine wine. If you want to learn about drinking sake the right way, check out these 8 tips.
But, if you’re looking for a modern and entertaining way to drink Sake, you could make a Sake Bomb – a beer cocktail made by dropping a shot of Sake into a glass of beer.
1 shot Sake
1 bottle Sapporo Beer
Fill a glass 3/4 of the way with beer. Place two parallel chopsticks on top of the glass and gently rest the shot of Sake on top of them. Hit the table using your fists until the shot of Sake falls into the glass of beer. Enjoy!
11. Mojito (Cuba)
Though the history of this famous cocktail is disputed, they say that the drink was originally introduced to the infamous pirate, Sir Francis Drake, when he and his crew invaded Cuba. Legend has it that the pirate was after a remedy for his crew’s scurvy and malnutrition when he arrived at the island in the late 1500s.
Whatever the Mojito’s origins, this minty and refreshing cocktail has boomed in popularity and was even loved by Ernest Hemingway and James Bond!
1/2 oz white rum
1/2 cup club soda
1/2 lime (cut into 4 wedges)
2 tbsp sugar to taste
Fresh mint leaves
1 cup ice cubes
Place mint leaves and one lime wedge into a glass and crush using a muddler. Add two more wedges along with the sugar and muddle again. Leave the crushed mint leaves and limes in the glass and add ice, rum, and club soda. Stir until well combined and garnish with a lime wedge!
12. Pina Colada (Puerto Rico)
I’m topping off this list of 12 drinks from around the world with a classic summer favorite – the Pina Colada! Although Pina Coladas have become a staple in nearly every bar across the world, the actual drink originated at a Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico in 1954.
One sip of this tropical cocktail and you’ll instantly be transported to a white sandy beach under swaying palm trees. Make this rich and tangy cocktail at home with just a few ingredients, and don’t forget to serve with an umbrella.
3 oz pineapple juice
1 oz white rum
1 oz coconut cream
Add all ingredients along with a handful of ice into a blender, and pulse until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
I hope these 12 drinks from around the world helped to ignite your wanderlust. Now choose one that you love (or want to try), shake it up, and pretend like you are on vacation in a faraway land!
Share your favorite worldly cocktails or drinks in the comments below.
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