Whether you’re traveling or at home, cocktails are a great way to experience a bit of the world. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite cocktails from some of our favorite places.
Pimm’s Cup – England
Let’s start our journey in London, the birthplace of the Pimm’s Cup. First invented in the 1800s by James Pimm, this sweet summer cocktail is the official drink of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. It’s traditionally made with gin liqueur (Pimm’s No. 1) and sparkling lemonade and served over ice in a highball glass garnished with fruit.
Irish coffee – Ireland
Next up is Ireland and its irresistible irish coffee. The perfect complement to a stormy winter night next to a fire. Chef Joe Sheridan first created it in 1943 on a flight out of Foynes Airbase that had to turn around. He wanted to bring a little warmth to the flight’s weary travelers, and it worked. Reportedly, it was such a hit that there was complete silence once the drink was served. If you want to make it yourself, just grab some fine Irish whiskey, whipping cream (not the can stuff), brown sugar, and high-quality coffee. Be sure to float the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
Aperol Spritz – Italy
From the United Kingdom, we head across the English Channel to Italy for one of our favorite aperitifs, the Aperol Spritz. First invented in 1919, this low-ABV aperitif is served before dinner to awake the appetite. But we think it’s terrific any time of day. The simple combination of Aperol, prosecco, and a splash of soda is perfect for those late summer afternoons with friends.
Manhattan – United States
No one knows the exact origins of the manhattan. The only thing people agree on is that it was invented in Manhattan around the 1880s and that it’s delicious. This cocktail was one of the first to use vermouth, and it predates the other vermouth heavies, like the martini and the Rob Roy. Whether at home or a rooftop bar watching the sunset over NYC, the manhattan is sure to please.
Paloma – Mexico City
Last on our list is one of our personal favorites: the paloma. When most people think of Mexico, they think margaritas, but palomas are what the locals drink. While its true origins are unknown, this pink-hued crowd-pleaser of tequila, grapefruit, and lime is all you need on a hot summer day. It’s sweet, sour, and a touch bitter all at the same time. Add a little salt to the rim, and you’ve got all four taste sensations in every sip.