I’ll admit it – I have a serious itch to go travelling at nearly all times of the day.
If you ask me what I’m thinking about, chances are it’s getting lost in a foreign city; the thought of whisking away to far away places fills me with a sense of both contentment and excitement.
I spend more time than I probably should planning out the routes I’ll take through France, Italy, Austria, and beyond. Not to mention the many other trips I want to take through the warm beaches of the Dominican, the steep mountains of New Zealand and the history-infused streets of Spain.
There are thousands of drinks around the world that I would love to try.
However, as of this very moment, I’m unable to jump on a plane and lose myself in the beautiful world that we live in.
To make up for this, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite drinks from ten different countries around the world – a little piece of faraway places at our fingertips.
Brugal daiquiri (Dominican Republic)
Brugal is a light rum, favoured by the Dominicans. Using the rum in the classic daiquiri gives it a spiced twist that I’m sure you’ll love.
- 3 parts Brugal rum
- 1 part lime juice
- 2 tsp. of sugar
- Crushed ice
- Chill your glass, either in the freezer or by filling it with ice
- Pour the lime juice in your cocktail shaker and mix in the sugar until it has fully dissolved
- Fill the shaker with ice and the remaining ingredients, mixing thoroughly for roughly 30 seconds
- Strain the drink into a glass
- If desired, garnish with a wedge or pinwheel of lime
Triple K (Malta)
Based with Bajtra liqueur, an alcohol made from the prickly pear, this cocktail is a popular choice in the gorgeous island of Malta.
Being part Maltese myself, one thing that I can confirm for you is that the Maltese love prickly pears and without a doubt, this cocktail is a sure favourite.
- 1 part Bajtra liqueur
- ¾ parts Tequila
- ¾ parts Triple Sec
- Dash of Monin Crème de Casis
- Kinnie (a bittersweet soft drink), to top off the drink
- Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, only putting enough Kinnie to fill the glass
- Pour the drink into the glass
It’s been said that Sweden is progressive in the global cocktail scene, with brand new cocktails being created as well as traditional drinks being vamped up in order to be enjoyed in a whole new way.
Brännvin (similar to vodka, as it is distilled from potatoes) is a favourite amongst the Swedes, so why not mix yourself a sweet drink honouring their cutting-edge cocktail innovations?
- 1 oz. of Brännvin
- ⅓ oz. of apple liqueur
- A splash of orange juice
- 1 tsp. of raw cane sugar
- Mix well the Brännvin, apple liqueur, and Seltzer
- Stir the cane sugar into the orange juice thoroughly and pour the mix into the remaining ingredients
- Mix together before straining into a glass
- Garnish with a slice of orange and a strawberry
Tamarillo Teaser (New Zealand)
This medium strength, fruity cocktail is popular in its native country of NZ. The pineapple and cranberry flavours compliment the taste of the tamarillo fruit quite nicely.
I wonder if perhaps The Green Dragon, Hobbiton’s bar, carries this cocktail?
- 1 oz. Tamarillo liqueur
- ½ oz. of your favourite rum
- Cranberry juice
- Pineapple juice
- Ice cubes
- Fill a highball glass with ice
- Pour in alcohol-based ingredients
- Top off with equal parts cranberry and pineapple juices
My slight obsession, sangrias are a perfect combination of the full flavoring of red wine and the refreshing essences of tropical fruits.
If you’ve not tried sangria before, I’m about to change your life. If you have tried it before, get ready to try this traditional Spanish styled sangria and be blown away.
- 1 750 ml. bottle of a Spanish red wine
- 1 cup of fresh orange juice
- 1 orange, sliced into halved rounds
- ½ of a pear, cubed
- Drop the fruit into a large pitcher
- Add orange juice
- Add wine, then stir the liquids together
- Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours before serving, allowing for the flavours in the drink to merge
- Garnish the glass with a pinwheel of orange
貔貅, or “Pixiu” (China)
Originating from China, the Baijiu liquor is slowly gaining popularity here in the west. With many bars and lounges beginning to feature cocktails containing Baijiu, you can undoubtedly find a liquor store carrying the drink to mix your own cocktails at home.
- ⅕ of Baijiu
- ⅕ of Liquor 43
- ⅕ of Crème de Cacao Dark
- 6 drops of chocolate bitters
- 1⅕ of a bold flavoured rum
- Using a cocktail glass, add a salted caramel rim
- Mix all the above ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into the glass
- Garnish with a cube of ice and a piece of chocolate
Brandy Sour (Cyprus)
The unofficial national cocktail of Cyprus, this carbonated drink will leave you dreaming of sitting sun kissed on the shoreline of a Cyprian beach.
- 2 oz. of your favourite brandy
- ½ oz. of lemon juice
- 1 tsp. of superfine sugar
- Chill a cocktail glass, either in the freezer or by filling it with ice
- Mix all the above ingredients thoroughly in a cocktail shaker
- Strain the drink into the glass
- Garnish with an orange wedge and a cherry
Sea Breeze (Hawaii, U.S.A.)
Born in the late 1920s, this summery drink survived the Prohibition era only to eventually become a Hawaiian favourite. Now you can enjoy it too, from wherever you’re located in the world.
- 1½ oz. of your favourite vodka
- A splash of cranberry juice
- 4½ oz. of pineapple juice
- Stir all ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass OR mix all ingredients well in a cocktail shaker, if you desire a foamy consistency before pouring into your glass
- If desired, garnish with a wedge of pineapple or a pinwheel of lime
The Ginjinha Cocktail (Portugal)
The Ginjinha (or Ginja) liqueur is popular in Portugal, tasting the most refreshing when served fresh.
You’ll be sure to love the flavours in this cocktail, only building up your excitement for the day you can taste it mixed right in Lisbon!
- 2 oz. of cherry liqueur
- 1 oz. of chocolate and honey liqueur
- ⅔ oz. of Ginjinja liqueur
- Mix all ingredients well in a cocktail shaker
- Pour into four glasses at room temperature
Brazil’s national cocktail is a refreshing drink you won’t be able to pass up. Reminiscent of their sandy beaches, blazing sun, and penchant for enjoyment, the Caipirinha will leave you feeling like you’re amongst all the hectic excitement without ever needing to set foot on a plane.
- ½ of a lime, quartered
- 1 tsp. of white sugar
- 2½ oz. of Cachaca
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- Take a large rock glass and crush and drop in the lime
- Add in sugar, mixing thoroughly with a spoon
- Pour in the Cachaca and ice, then stir
Well, there you have it. You might not be able to book your plane ticket to a foreign location tonight, but you can mix yourself one of these delicious drinks to enjoy with friends!
It’s not quite the same, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
Drink up, and enjoy responsibly!