17 Nov 7 cocktails in the world that you can’t stop trying
Traveling includes much more than just strolling the mysterious and exotic streets of our destinations. Mixing with its inhabitants, eating the typical dishes, and drinking like the locals is also part of the experience. And, so that yours is complete, from Exoticca we tell you about some cocktails in the world that you cannot miss when you travel to their country of origin.
United States: the cradle of the most famous cocktails in the world
Gimlet: gin and lemon juice
There are many places in the world where gin and lemon mixes are drunk. In Menorca, for example, there is the famous Menorcan pomade, which is obtained by mixing lemonade with a local gin. But the Gimlet became world-famous thanks to literature and film: Raymond Chandler wrote it for his detective, Philip Marlowe, and Humphrey Bogart popularized it in films like The Eternal Dream. Drink it if you travel to Los Angeles, Marlowe’s hometown.
Dry Martini: gin, sauternes wine, and olive
A native of Martínez, the Dry Martínez is the closest neighbor of the Gimlet, since his hometown is in San Francisco Bay. The mixture was made for the first time around the 18th century, although other sources assure that its author has his own name; specifically, Jerry Thomas, the first master mixologist in history.
Dry Martini is undoubtedly one of the most iconic drinks in cinema.
Gin Fizz: gin, lemon juice, sugar, and soda
We are still in the United States, a country that takes the cake in the preparation of cocktails in the world. There the gin is the star. In the case of Gin Fizz, the name is due to the noise of the soda bubbles coming out of the siphon.
France, the birthplace of the Bloody Mary
We jumped to the other side of the Atlantic and arrived in Paris, France, and in 1921. In the well-known Henry’s bar in the French capital, the waiter Fernand Petiot created this mixture of vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco, English sauce, ice chopped, and pepper and thus increased the list of cocktails in the world.
There is no agreement about the origin of his name. Some connect him with Mary Tudor, the English queen who murdered many Protestants. On the other side of the ring are those who prefer the anecdote that two clients from Chicago, upon seeing the cocktail, said that it looked like a waitress from their city. The poor woman, named Maria, had her cheeks flushed all the time and was nicknamed Buckett of blood. Either way, Bloody Mary is recommended for hangovers. Although we do not advise it.
Cuba Libre, a cry of freedom, rum, and CoCa-Cola
Until the end of the 19th century, Cuba had been a Spanish colony, something that Cubans did not like at all. In fact, they had already tried to become independent several times when, in 1898, in the port of Havana, the battleship Maine exploded. The attack was attributed to the Spanish, which caused the US army to enter the fray on the Cuban side.
At that time Coca-Cola was marketed in Cuba. The pairing with the national drink, rum, was immediate. The result? One of the best known and most consumed cocktails in the world: Cuba Libre. Travel to Cuba to taste it with the best rum.
Puerto Rico: delicious Piña Colada
In Puerto Rico not only do you drink piña colada, but this cocktail even has a national day: July 10. How were we going to leave it off the world’s cocktail list?
The mixture of white rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice was born in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ramón Marrero, known as Monchito, had orders from the hotel manager to create a unique drink that would leave guests speechless. And wow he got it.
There are however legends that speak of a pirate captain who invented a similar recipe to make his crew not give up. Unfortunately, the ship would have sunk taking the recipe with it.
Cachaça is fermented cane liquor. If sugar, lemon, and a lot of ice are added, we have in our hands one of the richest cocktails in the world: the caipirinha, a Brazilian heritage since 1918. In 2003 it became the national drink of Brazil, but its origin is much earlier. He was born in Sao Paulo in 1918 as a remedy to fight the Spanish flu. For some time its sale was forbidden since it was so successful that Portuguese wines stopped being sold in Brazil.
Some of its varieties are caipiroska, which is made with vodka instead of cachaça, or Caipirissima, in which the alcohol is put by white rum.