Signature Cocktails from Around the World

Happy National Fruit Cocktail Day! Also known as… an excuse to have a cocktail this Thursday. Check out these delicious drinks from around the world to try while you travel, at your favorite restaurant or in the comfort of your own home.

These global drinks are fairly easy to shake, but as always: mix responsibly.


Pimm’s Cup

From: United Kingdom

The Pimm’s Cup has been touted as the summer cocktail by Brits, likely because the drink is like a spiked fruit salad. Some bartenders add a few drops of Sprite or ginger beer instead of lemonade, but every version is incredibly refreshing to sip.


Based on recipe from Pimm’s

2 ounces Pimm’s No.1
5 ounces of lemonade
1 slice strawberry, orange, and cucumber
Mint sprig to garnish


Add all ingredients into a glass over ice and stir to combine. Garnish cocktails with a mint sprig.


Singapore Sling

From: Singapore

When the Singapore Sling was created in 1915, it was frowned upon for women in Singapore to drink alcohol in public. At the luxury Raffles Hotel in Singapore, bartender Ngiam Tong Boon would often serve a woman fruit juice instead of cocktails until, one night, he realized he could create a drink that looked like juice for women who wanted to join in on the fun. To make it, he mixed gin with pineapple juice, grenadine, lime juice, Cointreau, Benedictine, and a dash of cherry brandy to boost the juice-like color. The drink soon became popular among more than just the women in the room—and now it’s the national drink of Singapore.


Based on recipe from the Raffles Hotel in Singapore

1 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce Cherry Heering
1/4 ounce Cointreau
1/4 ounce Benedictine
1/4 ounce lime juice
1/3 ounce grenadine


Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a tall glass tumbler filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and pineapple slice. Add a dash of bitters (optional).



From: Brazil

Cachaça, a rum-like distilled liquor made from fresh sugarcane juice, has been produced in Brazil since the 1880s. While it can be enjoyed neat, it is most commonly used as the base for Caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink. The origins of this cocktail are often debated: Some locals believe that Caipirinha, which means “little peasant girl” in Portuguese, was created as a remedy for cholera in the mid-1800s. Others argue that it comes from the coastal region of Santos, where the first cachaça distilleries sprouted. The cocktails exact history is a mystery, but there’s no arguing that the mix is delightful.


Based on recipe from Pitú

2 ounces cachaça
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 lime


Cut lime into small pieces and place in old-fashioned cocktail glass. Add sugar. Muddle lime and sugar with pestle. Fill glass with ice and add cachaça. Pour contents into a shaker, shake well, and return contents to glass.



From: Bermuda

This two-ingredient cocktail was invented in Bermuda in the 1860s by the Gosling family (of Gosling’s Rum). After distilling their first dark rum, the family created a signature ginger beer. One fateful evening, the two Gosling libations were poured over ice and garnished with lime. The rest is history.


Based on recipe from Gosling’s Rum

1 1/2 ounces rum
5 ounces ginger beer


Pour ginger beer into tall glass filled with ice. Add rum.



From: Italy

The inspiration for the Negroni came from an Italian cocktail known as the Americano, which is composed of composed of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda. In 1919, however, a French general named Count Negroni thought that the drink wasn’t strong enough, and asked his bartender to add a touch of gin rather than soda to his mix. Ecco! The Negroni was born—and now it’s one of Italy’s most recognizable cocktails.

Based on recipe from Campari

1 ounce Campari
1 ounce gin
1 ounce vermouth rosso (red vermouth)
Orange slice to garnish


Stir liquid ingredients (chilled) and pour into an old-fashioned or “rocks” glass filled with ice. Add orange slice as garnish.



From: Mexico

We know what you’re thinking: Isn’t the margarita the official drink of Mexico? While the margarita is widely consumed across the country, the Paloma is the true national drink. But, surprise! It’s not much different from a margarita. Skip the Cointreau, add a few new flavors to the mix, and you’ve got a truly authentic drink.

Based on recipe developed by Don Julio

1 1/2 ounces tequila reposado
1 ounce grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 agave nectar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 splash soda water (or grapefruit soda)
Grapefruit peel or lime wedge to garnish


Combine tequila reposado, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass over ice. Add soda water. Garnish with grapefruit peel or lime wedge.


Let us help you arrange your next vacation. You’ll be sipping a paloma in Mexico, or a Dark’n’Stormy in Bermuda in no time! Contact a Fox World Travel advisor today.

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