5 Cocktails From Around The World

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Most people would agree that there is little better than relaxing with a refreshing cocktail in hand when you’re on holiday. Whether you are stretched out upon sun-drenched sands and in need of a quick cool down or you’re ready for a night out and need something to warm you up, there’s a drink with your name on it that is just waiting to be enjoyed.

Most countries are famous for at least one type of alcoholic beverage and it would be almost rude not to taste them when you’re visiting. If you’re not really up for doing straight shots of tequila, vodka or rum though, you needn’t worry – all of these can be mixed up into a tasty cocktail treat!

If you’re heading away this year, keep an eye out for some of these classic cocktails and where to get the most authentic tipple:

Mojito-Cocktail

Mojito

  • White rum
  • Mint leaves
  • Sugar
  • Lime
  • Soda water
  • Crushed ice

If you’re looking for a bit of a Caribbean twist, then Havana rum is sure to hit the spot. The classic Mojito is one of the most popular cocktails around the world and, with the refreshing taste of mint and lime, it’s easy to see why.

Originating in Cuba, drinkers would use whatever they had to hand to improve the taste of cheap rum. Limes, sugar and mint all became firm favourites and thus, the mojito was born! The island of Cuba is a real paradise of white sandy beaches and a lively Latin flair where you can’t help but get involved in the culture – and if you haven’t experienced an authentic Cuban Mojito … well, you haven’t experienced authentic Cuba.

Perfect for: Slurping by the pool when you need to cool off or when you’re dancing away on the beach at sunset.

Where to get the most authentic Mojito? To get a traditional taste of this refreshing pick-me-up, head back to its birth town of Havana. If anything can help quench your thirst and cool you off in the Cuban sun, it’s a Mojito.

Margarita-Cocktail

Margarita

  • Tequila
  • Triple sec
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge
  • Salt or sugar to rim the glass

One of the things Mexico is most famous for is its tequila. Created in the state of Jalisco and a few other limited regions, it is one of the oldest and most refined spirits in the world. There are strict laws on the production of tequila, one of the most important being that it has to contain at least 51% of the blue agave plant.

Usually enjoyed straight up with a lick of salt and slice of lime, it is a great party drink. However, if you are looking for a drink to enjoy rather than down, the world-renowned Margarita is the perfect choice. This classy cocktail has been modified over the years and, although there is no solid proof of how it was originally invented, it’ll definitely tantalise those taste buds of yours and provide you with a little slice of Mexican heaven.

Perfect for: A classy night out at a cocktail bar.

Where to get the most authentic Margarita? To get a really authentic Margarita, you’d better make the town of Tequila itself your first port of call. If you want somewhere closer to the beach though, then Tulum is a great choice. With lots of traditional Mexican bars, beautiful beaches and fantastic scuba diving on offer, you take in the mesmerising sights both above and below the water’s surface.

Bellini-Cocktail

Bellini

  • Peaches/peach juice or a combination of the two
  • Sparkling wine – preferably Prosecco
  • Chilled glasses

The Bellini brings a certain sophistication to the cocktail world and is enjoyed best in a classy, expensive bar when you are all dolled up. Generally made with Prosecco, one of Italy’s best sparkling wines, it is a real girly delight. It was invented in Venice and named after a 15th century painter, Giovanni Bellini, and has been a popular drink throughout Europe ever since.

Perfect for: A romantic meal out

Where to get the most authentic Bellini? To get a true Bellini you absolutely have to head to Harry’s Bar in Venice where the drink was first created. A popular haunt for the rich and famous, including Ernest Hemmingway, you can really go back in time and enjoy the cocktail’s heritage.

jelly-bean-Cocktail

Jelly Bean

  • Ouzo
  • Blue Curaçao
  • Grenadine
  • Lemonade
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge

If you fancy something a little different and you enjoy the aniseed taste of ouzo, then a Jelly Bean was made for you. Ouzo is one of the traditional spirits from Greece and is often served with a small plate of appetisers or after a large meal. Traditionally, it’s mixed with water but, let’s face it, a fruity cocktail sounds much more appealing!

Perfect for: When you really want to let your hair down and party!

Where to get the most authentic Jelly Bean? The most famous ouzo distilleries are found in Plomari in Lesbos, so a holiday to this little Greek Island would be perfect. If you head there in mid-July you can also make the most of the annual ouzo festival. How’s that for something different?

Singapore-Sling-Cocktail

Singapore Sling

  • Gin
  • Cointreau
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lime
  • Soda water
  • Grenadine
  • Fruit

The delicious Singapore Sling originated in … you guessed it, Singapore. A bartender in one of the famous Raffles Hotels created it as a way to attract British visitors who were looking for a more delicate and girly cocktail that just couldn’t be found elsewhere in the city.

Since then, it has remained a firm favourite and is still sold, although heavily modified, in the hotel today.

Perfect for: Pre-dinner drinks

Where to get the most authentic Singapore Sling? Raffles Hotel in Singapore, of course!

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Author bio: Claire Howson loves food, drink and travel, especially when you combine them all! She is an account manager for www.addmustard.com, a digital marketing agency, where she looks after a range of travel clients.

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