Travel and taste the world’s most loved cocktails


Do you know the history and origin of your favourite drink? Every time a mixologist prepares it, they honour the country where it was created, and here, we reveal where and when it was first concocted.

We’ll tell you where the world’s most famous cocktails come from, how they’re made and served, so keep reading.

Thanks to the globalised world we live in, we’ve been able to try hundreds of different drinks from different countries, being something of a national pride for those who share the same origin, as we tend to identify a country with its distinctive products.

However, it would be a great experience to venture out in the world to visit those countries that have given us those drinks that we love so much.

So, if we could say that every country is a cocktail, what would yours be?

Mexico: Margarita

There are many theories about the origin of this iconic drink, we don’t know if it was first made in Tijuana or Acapulco, but what we can say for sure is that it’s one of the best-tasting drinks in the world. We’ve all tried a Margarita once!

This drink was one of the first to mix salt with some type of spirits and was originally served in the eponymous margarita glass. Nowadays, margaritas are often served in everything from wine glasses to coloured schooners.

There are variations in the ingredients and flavours, but a margarita always has three essential ingredients.

What’s in it?

  • Lemon or lime juice

  • Triple Sec

  • Tequila (preferably Jalisco)

Cuba: Mojito

Legend has it that the Mojito was created by the privateer Sir Francis Drake at the end of the 16th century. He’s said to have made the first version of the drink with a mix of sugar, lemon, mint and a low-quality rum.

But it wasn’t until 1942 when the Bodeguita del Medio opened in Havana that the world famous Cuban Mojito was born. Ernest Hemingway made the bar even more famous when he became one of its regulars and wrote “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita” on one of the walls in the bar.

What’s in it?

  • Mineral water

  • Refined sugar

  • Peppermint

  • Lemon

  • Rum, better if it’s Havana!

Canada: Caesar Cocktail

The Caesar is a cocktail with an Italian influence that was invented in Canada in 1969 by the restaurant manager Walter Chell, after being asked to create a signature drink for the Calgary Inn restaurant.

Five years later, the Caesar became Calgary’s most popular mixed drink and little by little spread through Canada and the rest of the world. It’s also said to be an excellent cure for a hangover.

What’s in it?

  • Celery

  • Lime

  • Salt and pepper

  • Hot sauce

  • Vodka

Brazil: Caipirinha

This drink was created as a remedy for the Spanish Flu in Sao Paulo and at the time was made using lemon, garlic and honey, alcohol was added later to expedite the therapeutic effect.

It has become more popular in Brazil and all over the world because of the low cost of the ingredients.

The Caipirinha is usually made by mixing everything together in the same glass that’s used to serve the drink but can be served in large jars or low glasses, like the lowball.

What’s in it?

  • Sugar

  • Cachaça

  • Ice

  • Lime

Puerto Rico: Piña Colada

Who hasn’t tried this classic drink? It appears on every menu in bars all over the world! But what is the origin of this refreshingly sweet drink?

It’s said that the Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresi was the first to create the classic drink to boost his crew’s morale.

However, the Barrachina restaurant in Puerto Rica says a Spanish bartender, inspired by Argentinian culture, created this creamy drink in 1963.

What both stories agree on is the how the drink is made and the necessary ingredients.

What’s in it?

  • Coconut cream

  • Ice

  • Pineapple juice

  • White Rum

France: Kir Royal

Now to Europe, France in particular, which is also said to be the home of the Bloody Mary. However, the country’s cocktail par excellence is the Kir Royal. You may not have heard of it, but it’s something of an institution in France. It’s made with a blackcurrant liqueur called Crème de Cassis and Champagne or any dry white wine. Sweet, sophisticated and extremely tasty.

This drink was a traditional aperitif in the city of Dijon and originally called blanc-cassis. But it wasn’t until the 1940s when the mayor and priest Félix Kir invented the first cassis cocktail and it started to become popular and spread to neighbouring towns and eventually all over France.

What’s in it?

  • Champagne

  • Crème de cassis

Germany: Jägerbomb

This famous drink is mixed by dropping a shot of Jägermeister, which literally translates as “master hunter”, into a glass of Energy drink. The original Jägermeister was created back in 1934 by a hunter called Curt Mast to mitigate the cruel, cold weather he and his companions endured when hunting at night.

The Jägerbomb was created to soften the strong flavour of the liquor and is usually served in shot glasses. Be careful with this one though as it contains caffeine and alcohol and should be consumed in moderation.

What’s in it?

  • Energy drink

  • Jägermeister

Italy: Negroni

There’s no doubt as to where this drink comes from! This iconic Italian cocktail was concocted by Count Camilo Negroni.  Legend has it that the count asked the barmen at Caffè Casoni in Florence to strengthen his favourite cocktail, and the rest is history.

This beautiful, fresh drink satisfies even the most discerning palates, and although it’s considered an aperitif, nowadays it’s not uncommon to see people enjoying a Negroni on a night out.

There are several variations, such as the Negroni Sbagliato and the Martini Gin Grand Hotel, but don’t be fooled. Try the original the next time you visit Italy.

What’s in it?

  • Campari

  • Gin

  • Martini Rosso

Poland: Nalewka

This traditional alcoholic drink from Poland is made by macerating fruit, flowers, spices and herbs in vodka or other rectified spirits. When it’s good quality, it usually 40% to 45% alcohol, but you need to be careful as some can be as strong as 75%.

As this is an old drink, the recipe was handed down from generation to generation and kept extremely secret, and families in the Polish nobility, known as Szlachta, only revealed the recipe to their eldest children after the father of the family died.

What’s in it?

  • Fruit

  • Herbs

  • Spices

  • Sugar

  • Vodka

  • Liqueur

Singapore: Singapore Sling

Our last destination on our particular round the world tour is Singapore, which is known for being a modern and luxurious city-state but is also a great place to enjoy a delicious cocktail, something that not many travellers know when they land there for the first time. The Singapore Sling is a gin based cocktail combined with cherry brandy, Cointreau, D.O.M. Benedictine, pomegranate, lemon juice, pineapple juice and a splash of Angostura.

This smooth textured and complex flavoured cocktail was created by Ngiam Tong Boon in Singapore in 1915. It was originally called a gin sling – a sling meant the drink was a combination of spirits and several ingredients.

The Singapore Sling as we know it today resembles its original version from more than 100 years ago has been lost, and the only ones who knew it to the T were the waiters at that time. But one thing that’s never going to change is that it’s always served chilled, even when it’s freezing cold outside.

What’s in it?

  • Angostura

  • Cointreau

  • Gin

  • Pomegranate

  • Cherry brandy

  • O.M. Benedictine

  • Lemon juice

  • Pineapple juice

Now you know which cocktail to try on your next trip, or better yet, you know which country to visit if you want to enjoy your favourite cocktail prepared in the most traditional way.


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