What do you get when you combine Martini Rossi, rye whiskey and a drop of Angostura? Obviously a Manhattan. It’s easy to guess where this drink comes from but some other classic cocktails aren’t so easy to guess. Here are 5 cocktails (and their recipes) to enjoy from around the world.
This drink is a godsend on a hot summer day, no wonder it comes from Cuba. Legend has it that the drink was first “invented” when a bartender at the Venus, near Santiago, ran out of gin and changed it up by making a drink with rum, loads of lime juice and sugar in a glass packed with ice. Of course Hemingway made it famous in his novels taking place in Cuba and his many days and nights spend drinking at El Floridita in Havana. It’s the perfect way to beat the heat.
- 1 1/2 oz light rum
- 3/4 oz lime juice
- 1/4 oz sugar
- prepare with a shaker and serve without ice
The drink of choice of James Bond, the martini is a drink that comes with a lot of class. It combines a kick of gin and vermouth with a twist of lemon and garnished with an olive. It’s as classic as a LBD (little black dress). H.L. Mencken went so far as to say that a martini is “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” Today the drink comes in dozen of variations but if you are on holidays in San Francisco, where the drink originated, then order it the way Bond would; shaken not stirred.
- 2 1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth
- 1 green olive/lemon twist for garnish
- if you want a dry martini, add more vermouth
Sweet and seductive, the piña colada is no little league drink. The flavours of rum, coconut and pineapple are sweet to the taste but deliver a kick at the end. The birthplace of this classically delicious cocktail? Puerto Rico in the 1950s, at the Hilton’s bar for that matter when hotel management asked their head bartender to create a signature drink to impress the hotel’s star-studded guests. Little did he know that his drink would become one of the tastiest cocktails to have ever been mixed.
- 3 oz coconut cream
- 6 oz pineapple juice
- 1 1/2 oz white rum
- mix in a shaker with crushed ice, garnish with pineapple or maraschino cherry
Long Island Iced Tea
This drink is highball drink and has nothing in common with the iced tea you’re used to drinking. The drink originated, not surprisingly, at a bar on Long Island in the summer of 1975. It’s thirst quenching and if you want to taste it where it was first mixed, grab a flight to NYC and head to the Oak Beach Inn in Babylon. Many bars now served the Long Island with brandy instead of tequila but don’t be fooled. As for it the original Long Island and watch the afternoon pass you by.
- 1/2 oz triple sec
- 1/2 oz light rum
- 1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz tequila
- 1 oz sour mix
- lemon wedge
- serve on ice in a highball glass
This is the national drink of Brazil and unless you’ve found a bottle of imported cachaça sugar-cane rum, can’t be made anywhere else but in Brazil. It’s been a mainstay cocktail in bars, restaurants and homes around Brazil for ages but it wasn’t until recent years that the drink has made its way outside of South America. The variations on this drink is endless, especially when mixed with different types of fruits (kiwi, passionfruit, strawberry,mango, pineapple). If you’re looking for something fresh and refreshing, mix yourself up a cold caipirinha.
- 1 lime, quartered
- 1 tsp fine sugar
- 2 oz cachaça
- serve on the rocks
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It’s time for a round of cocktails, which do you prefer?