Just like food, cocktails should be a bucket-list item when traveling to a new destination. Let’s take a look at
what signature cocktails look like around the world. Puerto Rico’s official drink
is a must-try when visiting. The piña colada can be found
in just about every bar or restaurant on the island. It’s a sweet cocktail made
with cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and rum,
preferably Puerto Rican rum, and mixed with ice. It’s usually garnished with
a pineapple wedge and cherry. The creation of the drink
is a bit controversial, since both the Caribe Hilton
hotel and Barrachina restaurant claim to be the inventors. But regardless, it should not be missed. This British drink is for gin lovers. Pimm’s cup, or Pimm’s No. 1 cup, is made with gin, lemon
soda or ginger ale, and, most importantly, a dark liqueur, Pimm’s No. 1. Garnishes include mint,
cucumbers, strawberries, citrus, and even apples. The gin-based liqueur was invented sometime between 1823
and 1840 by James Pimm, the owner of many oyster bars in London. Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail. It’s a refreshing drink made
with sugar, lime, and cachaça, a distilled spirit from the
fermented juice of sugarcane, which dates back to the 1500s, when the Portuguese arrived in Brazil. There are many theories on
how the cocktail was created. Some believe a variation of the drink was used to help cure the Spanish flu. Nowadays, caipirinha
can be used as a remedy for the common cold. If you’re headed to Havana, you must know that it’s the
birthplace of the mojito. The Cuban staple, like
many other cocktails, has a blurry origin, but it’s pretty simple to make. A traditional mojito has
only five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime
juice, soda water, and mint. The mint is muddled with the mixture to create a refreshing flavor, and the drink is served
in a highball glass. The signature cocktail is often said to be one of author Ernest
Hemingway’s favorite drinks. A proper negroni is stirred, not shaken. The strong Italian cocktail is made with gin, vermouth,
Campari, and orange peels and is usually drunk before a meal. Legend says it was created
in a cafe in Florence when the Count Camillo Negroni asked his friend, a bartender, to replace soda water with
gin in his Americano cocktail. An orange garnish was
added instead of a lemon. Have you ever heard of a Singapore sling? The gin-based cocktail was
supposedly invented in 1915 at the Long Bar at
Singapore’s Raffles Hotel. The hotel says the drink
was invented by a bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon. Today, the drink is popular
throughout Singapore. It resembles a fruit punch and is made with cherry
liqueur, Cointreau, grenadine, Bénédictine, gin, pineapple
juice, and lime juice. This highball cocktail is made
up of only two ingredients. That’s right. Dark rum for the dark, and ginger beer, which
is obviously the stormy. The unproven legend says that
the name came from a sailor who compared the color of
the drink to storm clouds. The rum used is usually
Gosling’s Black Seal dark rum, and it’s followed by ginger
beer and a lime wedge. The Goslings family was one of
the most well-known families on the island of Bermuda and began their rum business in 1857. This Spanish drink is one for wine lovers. Sangria is a combination of
red wine and chopped fruit. Brandy is sometimes added to the mixture. It’s known to be a classic
summertime punch with alcohol. The drink became widespread in Europe and was soon seen in Spanish
restaurants in America. It became even more popular in the States when it was served during the
1964 World’s Fair in New York. Today, there are many
variations of the cocktail. Pisco is a grape brandy that some historians
believe originated in Peru. However, it’s a complicated debate, with some arguing that
pisco was created in Chile. Well, regardless of the exact origin, the cocktail pisco sour is
enjoyed throughout the region. Ingredients include pisco as the base, along with lemon juice, egg
white, and a simple syrup. It’s garnished with Angostura bitters. Calling all Champagne lovers. This French cocktail, known as Kir Royale, is made with Champagne
and crème de cassis, a black-currant liqueur. The original Kir cocktail was created in France’s Burgundy region by a hero of the French Resistance, Felix Kir. Legend has it, when the
Nazis invaded Burgundy, they confiscated all
of the best red wines. In an attempt to mimic
the color of red wine, Felix Kir mixed available Aligoté, a dry white wine, with
black-currant liqueur, and voilà: a red cocktail. In a Kir Royale, Champagne
replaces the Aligoté. You might think the margarita is the must-try drink
when visiting Mexico. Mm, but not really. The cocktail of choice
is actually la paloma. They’re both tequila-based cocktails, but the paloma is made with
grapefruit soda, lime juice, and any tequila of your choice. It’s garnished with a lime
wedge and served on the rocks. This cocktail is a Nairobi classic. Beloved by Kenyans, the
drink is made up of vodka, lime juice, and honey. The final touch includes a “dawa stick” to stir the honey at
the bottom of the glass. You can feel tropical vibes
from this rum cocktail. The painkiller, as it’s called, is a favorite on the
British Virgin Islands. It was created in the
1970s at Soggy Dollar Bar by a bartender named Daphne Henderson. The recipe calls for Pusser’s
rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut,
and nutmeg for garnishing. So tell us, which drinks
will you be adding to your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below.