Every country and region in the world has its own signature taste, a taste reflected both in the cuisine and beverages favored in a specific area of the world. Countless travelers worldwide are driven by their curiosity to explore the cuisine of the overseas, and luckily, we can satiate (at least in part) our culinary desires and the urge to travel to new destinations by preparing and tasting the foods and drinks from different destinations on the planet. Take a sip of one of these 16 refreshing cocktails and imagine yourself in the picturesque countries and cities they came from, be it a Parisian cafe, an Italian promenade, or a beach in Brazil.
What could be better than a cocktail that reminds you of a chocolate sundae? A Mudslide is just that, a milkshake or scoop of ice cream drizzled with chocolate bathing in a mix of vodka, coffee liqueur, and Baileys Irish Cream. The delectable cocktail was invented at the Rum Point Club Wreck Bar located on the Grand Cayman Island in the 1950s, but it’s quite popular worldwide now.
A refreshing Venetian specialty, the Bellini is a cocktail that uses prosecco, a white sparkling wine from the Veneto region in Italy, and peach puree served in a champagne glass. The invention of the drink dates back to the 1930s or 1940s, and it is attributed to Giuseppe Cipriani, the founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. To this day, it’s one of the most popular drinks in the historic city, but it’s also well known across the globe.
Another refreshing summer cocktail based on wine is the famous sangria, and it is known as a Spanish cocktail, although this popular drink is said to have originated back in the days of Ancient Greece and Rome. Traditional sangria is prepared with red wine, brandy, a variety of fruit, such as citrus fruit and apples, as well as spices, such as cinnamon and cloves. There is also a variety of sangria made of white wine, but it’s less common and traditional.
4. Black Russian
The name of this deceptive cocktail is quite misleading, as it really has little to do with Russia, and neither does the White Russian or the Moscow Mule. The Black Russian was invented in Brussels in the 1940s by bartender Gustave Tops, and it consists of vodka and coffee liqueur. An improved version of the drink is the White Russian, which includes an added splash of cream. The Moscow Mule, in turn, comes from Los Angeles, California.
5. Dark and Stormy
One of the oldest cocktails on this list is the Dark and Stormy, a simple yet classy mixture of rum and ginger beer that was invented in the 1860s on the Islands of Bermuda. This cocktail is similar to the Moscow Mule, but instead of rum, the Moscow Mule uses vodka. A splash of lime juice, a slice of lime, or some sugar syrup is also frequently added to both of these traditional cocktails.
Apart from being Ernest Hemingway’s favorite alcoholic beverage, the mojito is also one of the most widely-known and most refreshing cocktails in the world, capable of cooling you down even in the most unbearable summer heat. The cocktail is made with white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint, and it was famously invented in Havana, Cuba.
7. Rum Punch
Hailing from Jamaica, but often enjoyed all across the Caribbean, especially during Christmas time, the Rum Punch is a fruity and colorful cocktail that often features fruit, such as strawberries or lime, as well as sugar, rum, water, and ice. When preparing the cocktail, people are guided by the rhyme-recipe that goes like this, “one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak.”
8. Singapore Sling
Another light and fruity cocktail is the Singapore Sling, which actually did originate at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore in 1915. Ngiam Tong Boon is the author of the cocktail, and he created it specifically for women, who were socially discouraged to drink alcohol back in the day. The cocktail is based on gin and cherry brandy, and fruit juices, such as pineapple juice, grenadine syrup, and lime juice.