Our favorite cocktail recipes from around the world to get you dreaming and feeling globally inspired. From Spain to Peru and down to Cuba, we have a cocktail for every traveler and every bucket list dreamer.
SPAIN: TINTO DE VERANO
Say hello to the "red wine of the summer" sangria of your dreams. It is cheaper than water in Spain.
1 cup red wine (preferably Spanish, such as rioja)
1 cup lightly-sweetened lemon-lime soda
1 lemon wedge
One of my fiancé's favorite drinks is Soju and I am so desperate to get him to visit Seoul with me again some day. I fell in love with Korea when I was working there for 2 weeks back in 2019. Okay so what is in this fave of ours? Its a blend of rice liquor (Soju) and some fresh watermelon and lime juices. Check this watermelon cocktail out.
1 mini seedless watermelon
1 bottle (375ml) of soju (you can substitute with vodka, white rum or sake)
1 bottle (355ml) of sprite
Sugar and Charm
A staple cocktail for many, did you know the mojito was invented in Cuba and preferred by Hemingway? The mint, the lime, the sugar, I am ready to book a one way ticket to the islands. Check out the recipe here.
8 leaves fresh mint
3 slices of lime, halved, divided
1-1/2 Tablespoons sugar
1.75 ounces rum
0.5 ounces Cointreau
Sparkling mineral water
Lime and mint for garnish
PERU: PISCO SOUR
One of my favorite transitioning-the-seasons cocktails: a sour. Yes, there’s egg in your cocktail and it is DELICIOUS. Some simple syrup here, a dash of lime there and a splash of Pisco (a Peruvian brandy) and you are in business my friend. Check out the recipe here.
2 ounces of pisco
1/2 ounce of lemon
1 ounce green apple juice
1/2 oz Grade B Maple Syrup
1 egg white
Garnish with bitters
FRANCE: KIR ROYALE
A classy and sophisticated sparkling aperitif with Champagne, crème de cassis and fresh berries. Is it too cheesy to say this drink is a oui oui? Recipe can be found here.
Chilled champagne or sparkling wine
Crème de cassis or blackcurrant liqueur about 10 ml crème de cassis to 90-95 ml champagne
Berries to garnish