For all adventurous travellers and tourist, this should be an interesting read and of course if you just like a glass or shot just as much I do, then you are on this list.
So it’s fun when you get to a bar and your taste buds already telling you what drink or cocktail to order or sometimes you just want to try something new and different but can’t quite remember a name as it popularly called, don’t frit this article should help.
Below are listed 10 out of the 52 signature cocktails around the world and history behind them. So I visited 15 bars in Lagos and 5 in Rwanda, 4 in Kenya, and asked which cocktail are mostly ordered. Wink
1. Mojito- cuba-
Cuba was a big farmer of rum and sugarcane in the 18 th and 19 th centuries and so the country’s national drink sprang out of sheer availability. To make easier to drink, sugar, mint and lime juice were added to cut the alcohol. A lot of people say the drink was created by English pirates who sailed to the shores of Havana searching for gold, while others say it was brought by the African slaves who worked for the sugarcane plantation.
The most famous place to have a mojito in Havanais la Bodeguita del medio, were its said that Ernest Hemingway who moved to cuba from florida during prohibitionin 1939- ejoyed the cocktail so much that he scrawled an ode to the drink in the
bar’s walls. Now the weather and worn bar is literally covered in signatures and messages from past patrons who asodo doubt enjoyed the bar minty drink. So visit your closest lounge and order a mojito and join in the legacy.
The swizzle inn, claims the invention of the cocktail in the early 1900s. Typically the drink is made with dark rum, triple sec,and pineapple, orange,and lemon juice mixed with bitters to give it a kick. The dark and stormy drink gets a lot of attention from sailors and tourist as it is the locals favorite drink- you should too if you ever find yourself in the shores of Bermuda.
Thank to the neighbors of the south for this classic cocktail. The margarita is a mix of tequila, citrus juice, triple sec or Cointreau for a refreshing drink that pairs perfectly with savory Mexican food or can be sip ped by itself on Mexico’s sandy shores. If you are interested about learning more on the
agave plant and history and process of making tequila, visit the tequila trail in the state of Jalisco, a western state in Mexican state fringing the pacific Ocean.
4. Caipirinha- Brazil
Brazil’s most popular cocktail is made with cachaca, a rum-liquor made from sugar cane juice. You may have heard people refer to the cocktail as a Brazilian mojito, mixed with muddle lime instead of mint in this case. It is claimed that it was created as an elixir for those suffering from the Spanish flu outbreak in the early 19 th century, as limes provided high dose of vitamin C.
5. Pisco Sour- Peru
Chile claim rights to the origin of this cocktail as it is Peru’s national drink. The pisco sour as we know it- egg whites, lime and Angostura bitters- was invented in the 1920s in a bar in Lima. It’s said that the expert bartender Victor Vaughen Morris, hailing from Utah, created the drink as a riff on
whiskey sour. When in Lima, one of the storied places to have a pisco sour is the Gran Hotel Bolivar, where the drink was popularized in the early 20 th century.
6. Pina –Colada- Puerto Rico
The pina colada is a relative newcomer as it was created in 1954 by Ramon Monchito’’ a bartender at the Caribar Hilton in San Juan. Marrero experimented with different concoctions for three months
before arriving at a cocktail he felt captured the sunny, tropical vibe of Puerto rico. The result was a frothy blended mixture of rum, pineapple and coconut cream.
7. Aperol Spritz- Italy
Unless you are living in gold age, you ve probably seen this orange- red drink in bars, restaurant, and all over social media. Aperol was invented by the barbieri brothers in Padua, Italy. Citrusy, sweet, and slightly bitter, the aperitif’s recipe consists of oranges, herbs and roots, although the proprietary ingredients and proportions are top secret.
8.Sangria – spain
Sangria‘s origin likely dates back to the middle Ages, when water was often unsafe to drink due to bacteria and viruses. In response, people turned to alcohol to stay hydrated (not something we would recommend now). A fermented mix of red wine, brandy, and fruit was created. Today, Sangria is the classic accompaniment to Spanish Tapas, and variations are made using white wine and cava, Spanish sparkling wine.
9. Pimm’s Cup- United kingdom
Number 1 cup of gin bases- liquor that was created by the fishmonger james Pimm in the 1840s. Pimm marketed the tonic as a digestive aid to accompany the bivalves sold in his London oyster bar.
These days , the drink is made with Pimm’s sparkling lemonade, and topped with whatever fruit you can fit in the glass- though a proper Pimm’s cup should have strawberries, blueberries, blackberries,
orange slices and a few sprigs of mint.
10. Singapore Sling – Singapore
Another drink invented in a hotel bar , the Singapore sling came to existence in 1915 at the city’s historic Raffles Hotel. Ngiam Tong Boon, a bartender at the hotel noticed that while it was socially acceptable for men to order liquor, per traditional etiquette women weren’t supposed to consume alcohol in public and often had to order tea or juice instead. So, he set out to create a fruity colourful cocktail that looked like juice, but cleverly concealed gin and liqueur .Thus, the Singapore Sling was born.