13 Iconic Cocktails from All Around the World
1. Pisco Sour from Peru: This cocktail is usually made with bourbon or whiskey (try Bulleit or Johnnie Walker Red), lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener. It originated in Lima, the capital of Peru.
2. Sazerac from New Orleans, USA: The Sazerac is sometimes referred to as the oldest American cocktail—mixologists believe this drink originated in the period before the American Civil War. This stiff drink is a mixture of Bulleit Bourbon, absinthe, sugar and bitters. Alternately, you can make it with Black Dog Whisky.
3. Pina Colada from Puerto Rico: Puerto Rican bartender Ramon Marrero first created and sold the piña colada in 1954. About two decades later, the government declared the piña colada the official drink of Puerto Rico. You can try making this at home with some coconut cream, pineapple juice and a shot of McDowells No. 1 Caribbean White Rum.
4. Kir Royale from France: A classic French cocktail, Kir Royale is made with crème de cassis (a liqueur made from blackcurrants) and champagne.
5. Caipirinha from Brazil: This sweet yet tangy cocktail is made with cachaça (sugarcane rum), sugar and lime. It is Brazil’s national drink and is a perfect pick-me-up after a long day! Check out the recipe here.
6. The Manhattan from NYC: This cocktail is synonymous with the most famous island in the world – New York City’s Manhattan. Dr.Iain Marshall was the genius and creator behind the Manhattan cocktail first served at a banquet in 1870. A Manhattan is made with sweet vermouth, whisky and bitters. It is usually garnished with a maraschino cherry. Here's a fun recipe using Antiquity Blue Whisky!
7. Pimm's Cup from London: Ever since the first Pimm’s Cup was served in 1823 in London, the drink has been very popular in the UK. Interestingly, it is the one of two staple drinks at the Wimbledon tennis tournament. For a refreshing summer cocktail, mix the gin-based Pimm’s Cup No. 1 with chopped fruit.
8. Sangria from Spain: What can we say about the sangria that has not been said already! This tasty wine punch consists of Four Seasons Wine (of course), chopped fruit, a splash of brandy and a sweetener, like honey, sugar, syrup or orange juice. Sangria is popular is Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Argentina.
9. Mojito from Cuba: Historians believe the African slaves who worked in Cuba’s sugarcane fields during the 19th century were instrumental in the mojito’s origin. The traditional Cuban cocktail consists of White Rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. Fun fact: the mojito was author Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktail. Check out this recipe containing McDowells No. 1 Carribean White Rum!
10. The Singapore Sling from Singapore: Created by a bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the Singapore Sling has become synonymous with the identity of the city. The cocktail uses Tanqueray Gin, cherry flavoured liqueur, Benedictine and pineapple juice. Follow this recipe to make your own now!
11. The Caesar from Canada: The Caesar, a Canadian favorite, is made from Smirnoff Vodka, clamato (clam juice), hot sauce, celery, and lime.
12. Bellini from Venice: Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy was home to the first Bellini ever made. The bar's founder, Giuseppi Cipriani, combined chilled Prosecco and white peach puree to make the iconic drink which is a favourite even today.
13. Black Russian from Belgium: Contrary to its name, the place of origin of the Black Russian cocktail is Brussels, Belgium. The cocktail is made of straight Ketel One Vodka and coffee liqueur.
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