Aside from today’s social media norms, it’s still a vacation even if you don’t take a picture of your Caipirinha in front of a scenic backdrop on your trip to Rio, but it’s worth trying. There’s something magical about sipping a colorful cocktail in the sun or as you soak in the exotic sights and sounds of your new surroundings.
The beginning of all spontaneous moments and wonderful memories is a good drink. If you’re traveling to a new destination, you may want to go for the local cocktails that you’ve never tried before, but this is not easy if you’re not accompanied by a friendly local who can show you around. This is where this guide comes in handy, here are the most popular cocktails from around the world that you need to try.
This kind of drink was first discovered around 200 BC when the Romans occupied Spain, planted vineyards there, and imported vines. It’s safe to say that the Spanish wine industry was established as soon as grapevines started flourishing in the Mediterranean soil. This wine punch known as Sangria, along with other palatable drinks, was made at that time to replace water which was not safe to drink. The cocktail is made by mixing brandy, red wine, fruit, and spices but it can also be enjoyed with white wine or sparkling wine instead.
This Brazilian cocktail is made from a rum-like liquor called Cachaca, originally extracted from sugar cane juice. Although it’s commonly referred to as the Brazilian Mojito, the Caipirinha is made from mixed-up limes rather than mint. This drink also comes from a debated history where some people claim the Caipirinha was first made as an elixir to treat the Spanish flu due to its abundance of Vitamin C. Other drinkers, however, say that it originated on the Sao Paulo state farms for parties and social gatherings. Popular variations of this drink include Morango which is made from strawberry, and Maracuja made from passionfruit.
Peru’s Pisco Sour
The Pisco Sour is considered the national drink in Peru, although some may trace back its origins to Chile. When it comes to how to make this drink, all you need is lime, egg whites, and Angostura bitters. This cocktail goes back to the early 1920s when it was believed to be crafted as a riff on the whiskey sour by an expert bartender, Victor Vaughen. Now, the Pisco Sour is served as a double in a cathedral glass and is known worldwide as Peru’s national drink.
New Orleans’ Sazerac
Although the sazerac dates back to the 19th century, it was recently declared New Orleans’ signature tipple as of 2008. This goes back to 1830 when Antoine Amedee Peychaud served toddies from cognac and bitters to his apothecary customers as his secret family recipe. After his remedial drinks gained popularity, a bar called Sazerac Coffee House was able to purchase the full rights to the bitters made by Peychaud. The bar was then able to switch the cognac in the recipe with its very own Sazerac rye whiskey.
Venice’s Aperol Spritz
Aperol Spritz is a fizzy cocktail that has been enjoyed by the Venetians for decades now. The German spritz was introduced to Northern Italy after the Napoleonic wars, at that time, it wasn’t common to add water splashes to Italian wines at all. This drink was then marketed to women who were into sports as it had a lower alcohol volume compared to most other cocktails. Later on, a signature Spritz recipe was designed by Aperol in 1950.
New York’s Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan is one of the newest cocktails introduced to the worldwide list of best cocktails, now, it’s pretty much a regular on every cocktail menu. It was brought to light back in the late 80s and gained more popularity throughout the 90s. People were looking for a drink with the same martini class but a little easier to drink, so the cosmo provided the answer everyone was looking for.
Traveling is all about finding your favorite spot, whether it’s on the beach or in the middle of a crowded city, and sipping on your favorite cocktail as you discover the new sights in your new environment. That’s why it’s essential that you read this list and decide on your next must-try cocktail now. Are you going to go for everyone’s favorite, New York’s cosmo? Or are you more into dry punch like New Orleans Sazerac? Every city offers its very own special drink; find your favorite from this list we put together before traveling to your next destination.