In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to stay home and help in preventing the spread of the virus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel the world through sipping well-known cocktails from sunny Spain to Rainy London and as far as to the city that never sleeps, New York. It is not fun if you are staying at home for months, but there are still things you can do to have a little fun. From taking virtual museum tours from some of the top museums to watching travel shows on Netflix, and of course, why not have a happy hour with 10 of the most popular cocktails from around the world.
“During a crisis, cocktail hour can be almost any hour.”
1. Margarita- Mexico
You don’t need to travel far and long to try Margarita, as this is one of the most popular cocktails in the world and you can enjoy it even at home as it is not hard to make. There are different stories where the cocktail originates from, but most agree that Mexico is the country of the Margarita, and they even have a National Margarita day on February 22.
Here is what you need to make your Margarita at home:
2 oz. Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
1 oz. Cointreau
Salt for the rim
Lime wheel garnish
If you want to have the perfect Margarita at home, make sure you get the iconic Cactus glasses. This is one of my favorite cocktails, and I love it frozen, and if you check my Instagram, you will surely find many photos of me holding a glass of iced, frozen Margarita! You can also get this cocktail with different flavors; my favorites are Watermelon and Passion Fruit. Yummy 😊
2. Mojito- Cuba
Mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail made out of rum. Being the cheapest alcohol found everywhere in the country, locals got creative and made this cocktail now known all around the world. To make this drink more appealing, the locals would add some fresh lime juice, mint leaves, and sugarcane. This is one of the best cocktails to sip in the hot summer days.
Here is what you will need to make the perfect Mojito at home:
2 oz. Light rum
2 tsp White sugar
1 oz. Lime juice
5-10 Fresh Mint leaves
Mojito is typically served in a tall Collins glass with ice. If you want to go the extra mile and have your cocktail in the right glass, check out this set of 4 glasses for Mojito. This cocktail comes in different flavors, again, Passion fruit is so good, and it is my favorite.
3. Singapore Sling- Singapore
Singapore Sling was created in the Raffles hotel, and it is the signature cocktail of this amazing country located in Asia. Initially, the cocktail was meant to be a women’s drink for its pink color, but today it is enjoyed by all. If you visit Singapore, your stay wouldn’t be complete without having the drink at the Raffles Hotel.
Here is what you need for the perfect Singapore Sling (The original recipe made in the Raffles Hotel):
1 ½ oz. Dry Gin
½ oz. Cherry Liquor
¼ oz. Cointreau
¼ oz. Benedictine
4 oz. Pineapple juice
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz. Grenadine
1 dash Bitters
Cherries for the garnish
The cocktail is shaken and served chilled normally in a Collins glass. Of course, as you are going to make it at home, you can make it according to your taste and create your own unique recipe of Singapore Sling.
4. Aperol Spritz- Italy
Can’t travel to Italy, no problem! You can enjoy this Italian cocktail in your backyard and dream about the fantastic gondola rides on Grand Canal Venice. The cocktail is also called Spritz Veneziano, and it is one of the top world cocktails. It is very easy to make and doesn’t require special skills. 😊
Here is what you will need for the perfect Aperol Spritz:
4 oz. Brutto Prosecco
2.5 oz. Aperol
0.75 oz. Club Soda
Orange slices for garnish
If you want to enjoy your Aperol Spritz in a fancy glass, check out this set of 2 glasses, and of course, you can use the glasses for other cocktails. To be honest, this is not my favorite cocktail, and I have tried it only once. Have you tried it, and how do you like it?
5. Manhattan- USA
This cocktail is for whiskey lovers. It is strong and has a slight bitterness with some herbal undertones. If you are looking for something multi0dimentional with little sweetness, then this is your cocktail. There are different variations of the drink, from Black Manhattan to Blonde and even Cuban, but here is the recipe for the original cocktail as it was created back in the 1870s in New York City. The cocktail can be served shaken or on the rocks, but as you are going to make it home, feel free to be creative and prepare it for your taste.
Here is what you will need to make this cocktail at home:
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
Maraschino Cherries for garnish
6. Sangria- Spain
If you are a wine lover and you love fruits, you will love this boozy fruit punch, perfect for the hot summer days. The name translated from Spanish means Bloodletting, and it dates back from the 18th century. Today you can find many variations of the drink, prepared with red or white wine and different fruits. My favorite Sangria is with red wine, and I must say I had the best Sangria back in the days when I was visiting Barcelona, Spain.
Here is what you will need to make your perfect Sangria at home:
1 bottle of Red wine
3.4 oz. Brandy
When you make your Sangria, you can be as creative as you want, you can put white wine, or you can add soda water to make it bubbly. Fruits are optional too, some people put green apples, strawberries. If you try to make Sangria at home, how did you make it? Please share with me in the comments below.
7. Pisco Sour- Peru
Pisco Sour is considered as one of the best South American classic cocktails, with both Peru and Chile claiming it as their national drink. The cocktail’s name comes from Pisco, which is the base liquor and sour in reference to the taste of sour citrus juice. An interesting fact is that Peru has a public holiday in honor of the cocktail every year on the first Saturday of February.
Here is what you will need to make your perfect Pisco Sour and feel like you are on vacation in beautiful Peru:
2 oz. Pisco
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Egg white
½ oz. Simple syrup
4-6 Papaya cubes
8. Pina Colada- Puerto Rico
Pina Colada comes from the beautiful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, and it is best enjoyed on the beach. While we are all stuck in the pandemic, you can still enjoy this drink made in your home. It is initially made in a blender, but it can also be shaken. The classic Pina Colada is made of 3 ingredients only: white rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream, but you can find different variations. I still remember having my best Pina Colada in San Juan on one of my trips. The cocktail is sweet, creamy, and delicious. A must-try for the coconut lovers!
Here is what you will need to make your perfect Pina Colada at home:
2 oz. White rum
1 ½ oz. Coconut cream
1 ½ oz. Pineapple juice
½ oz. Fresh lime juice
Pineapple wedge for garnish
9. White Russian- Belgium
This cocktail originates from Belgium, and it is a three-ingredient cocktail. The White Russian came from the original Black Russian, but with added cream. If you like coffee, you might give it a try, as it has coffee liquor. To be honest, I don’t remember trying this one, but I think it will be similar to Espresso Martini. Interestingly, most people believe the cocktail comes from Russia for its name, but a Belgium bartender created it back in the days.
Here is what you will need to make your White Russian at home:
2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Kahlua liquor
Splash of Heavy Cream
10. Kir Royale- France
If you are dreaming about being in France, eating French baguette, and sipping French wine, you might want to try one of the country’s popular cocktails called Kir Royale. The cocktail is made of two ingredients, and it very easy to make. This easy to make cocktail is an excellent alternative to rose or champagne, but with added a little sweetness. Kir Royale is very celebratory.
Here is what you will need to make your Kir Royale at home:
½ oz. Crème de cassis
2 oz. Champagne or any other sparkling wine
I know having cocktails in your backyard is not the same as traveling the world and collecting memories, but as times are tough right now, why not prepare yourself a cocktail. If you are interested, learn a little bit more about the country where the drink is from and why not start planning a vacation in 2021.
Have you tried any of the cocktails, and what is your favorite? Are you planning to make one of the heavenly drinks at home? Let’s have a happy hour with an iced fruity Sangria or maybe a White Russian before dinner and plan our next adventures around the world!
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