Around the World in a Glass on World Cocktail Day

13 May 2016
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It’s World Cocktail Day! So gather a gang of cocktail aficionados and raise your glass to these creative concoctions. And while the origins of the boozy bevvy are sometimes hazy, plenty of countries have their own much loved version. So grab the shaker and get ready to go around the world in a glass.

Pisco Sour

Pisco afternoons #pisco #piscosour #relax

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Hotly contested as originating in Peru or Chile, the Pisco Sour is a sledgehammer in a glass. It’s made from pisco, a type of brandy, mixed with lemon or lime juice, syrup, and in some instances bitters and egg white.


Canada’s Caesar cocktail is as, well, interesting, as it sounds. A cousin to the Bloody Mary, it is made instead with Clamato juice (clam and tomato juice), vodka, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, pepper and served with lime and celery.


#mutimitiszol #manhattancocktail #latergram

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Popular in New York’s Mad Men era, the Manhattan is made with whiskey, vermouth and bitters, served with a Maraschino cherry. You’ll be channelling your inner Don Draper in no time.

Blue Hawaii

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Invented in 1957 by Hilton Hawaiian Village bartender Harry Yee, the Blue Hawaii is a mix of rum, pineapple juice, Curacao, vodka, and Sweet and Sour, garnished with pineapple or orange, and a Maraschino cherry.

Pina Colada

If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain, head to Puerto Rico (it’s the country’s official drink) for this sweet cocktail made with pineapple juice, white rum, coconut milk and served with pineapple or a Maraschino cherry.

Pimm’s Cup

Wimbledon in England is the place to be with a glass of Pimm’s in hand. The very British tipple is served in enormous quantities at the event – last year it was reported that more than 80,000 pints of Pimm’s and lemonade are sold to spectators each year. The classic Pimm’s Cup is Pimm’s No.1 and lemonade, garnished with mint, cucumber, strawberry and apple.

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I like to drink sangria wine... #jerryjeffwalker #sangria #monday

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Is it a cocktail? Is it a punch? Does it matter? Sangria is a Spanish treat made from variations of red wine, chopped fruit, brandy, soft drink and honey or another sweetener. It’s guaranteed to warm the blood.


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Dance on down to Havana, Cuba, the birthplace of the mojito. The mix of white rum, sugar, lime, mint and sparkling water will have you swaying in the tropical breeze in no time. Hemingway would be proud.

Singapore Sling

The Raffles Hotel in Singapore is the spot for a cocktail that hits the spot hard. The Singapore Sling was created in the hotel’s Long Bar possibly in the early 1900s, and consists of gin, cherry liqueur, Cointreau, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice and bitters, bedecked with pineapple and a Maraschino cherry.


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An elegant option, Italy’s blush-pink Bellini cocktail is made from Prosecco and peach puree or nectar. It was created in Venice in the 1930s by Giuseppe Cipriani, who founded the legendary Harry’s Bar, another Hemingway haunt.


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Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha is made with cachaca (sugarcane liquor), sugar and lime. It’s reputed to have medicinal qualities, and who are we to argue?


Сувенирный набор #krambambula #minsk #souvenirs #belarus A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Lera Ya (@yarchy) on

The less-well-known Krambambula – the national drink of Belarus – deserves a mention for its spectacular name, at the very least. It’s a mix of red wine and liquor such as vodka or rum, flavoured with honey and spices.

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Renae Spinks

Travel for me is about conversations and connections. There’s nothing like setting foot in a new land and meeting people a world apart. From talking to North Sea fishermen in Norway’s Lofoten Islands to breakfast chat at a B&B in my own back yard, there’s always a story to share and a tale to tell.