The word “Cocktail” may invoke the feeling of a charming environment, beautiful lightings, calm ambient melodies, and behind the bar a friendly barman who genuinely blends your drink.
History of the cocktail traces back to the 19th century. Martini was the first cocktail, whose origins come from an 1862 recipe for Martinez. This drink was first made at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco for a gold miner coming back to his home in Martinez. Like Danny Meyer said “A cocktail done right can really show your guests that you care.”
Here are 7 popular cocktails around the world you must taste this summer.
1. Mojito at La Bodeguita del Medio, HAVANA
La Bodeguita del Medio is an acclaimed tourist hub because of the personalities who savoured a drink at this iconic bar: Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Allende, the writer Pablo Neruda, the craftsman Josignacio and numerous others.
Although other cocktails are available, and the food is pretty good, Mojito should be the first drink you order here. This bar’s menu has the authentic mojito recipe printed on it.
2. Manhattan cocktail in Newyork
Manhattan cocktail was initially served at a dinner out of appreciation for US presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden in 1870. Generally decorated with a maraschino cherry, the Manhattan is firmly identified with the Brooklyn mixed drink, made with dry vermouth and Maraschino alcohol. A Manhattan is made with sweet vermouth, herbal essence, bourbon and sharp flavouring.
3. Bloody Mary at Harry’s New York Bar PARIS
Birthplace of the bloody Mary, the most legendary Parisian landmark. There are many stories about the creation of this famous cocktail, the widely accepted one is – The barman at Harry’s named Fernand Petiot found vodka too dull so he added tomato squeeze and spices to give it some flavour.
As for the name – it is “bloody” because it has tomato juice and “Mary” is believed to be somebody’s girlfriend.
4. Sazerac in New Orleans
This oldest American drink is a blend of cognac or rye bourbon, absinthe or Herbsaint, sugar and Peychaud’s Bitters. Carrying the New Orleans legacy forward, Sazerac Bar is serving this drink since 1938.
5. Piña colada in Puerto Rico
A sweet mixed drink made with rum, coconut cream or coconut milk and pineapple squeeze, it is normally served either mixed or shaken.
Piña Colada was created after three months of diligent experimentation, which Mr Marrero felt caught the genuine nature and essence of Puerto Rico. He kept on serving the drink at the Caribe Hilton for a long time after its creation and was rewarded in 1978 when Puerto Rico officially declared the cocktail its national drink.
6. Sizzling Ouzo in Greece
This refreshing cocktail is made with fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, pear puree and Sparkling Moschofilero. Garnished with a lemon twist, it is a perfect solution for your Greek hot summer nights.
7. Rio De Janeiro Caipirinha at Bar dos Descasados
This beautiful bar overlooking the bay with outdoor seating has amazing food. Enjoy Caipirinha and the sunset view of the city. This cocktail is lauded as Brazil’s national drink, and the recipe is pretty simple, the main ingredients are liquor, sugar muddle, and lime.
Raise your glasses to the refreshing and culturally celebrated cocktails. Don’t forget to taste these cocktails if you are planning to visit these countries.