Around The World In 32 Cocktails

Grab your passport and lose it at the bar. Because learning to deal with THAT is what studying abroad really teaches you.

1. United States- Manhattan

There’s no better way to start a trip around the world than with a Manhattan, especially if you’re leaving from JFK, in which case you’ll need ALL OF THE MANHATTANS.

2. Canada- Maple BBQ Caesar

Because you can’t drink poutine, but you can wash it down with this glorious concoction. Canada’s unofficial drink of choice, the Caesar, is a combination of vodka, clam juice, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. This version ups the game with bacon, maple syrup, and barbecue sauce. HAIL CAESAR.

3. Mexico- Margarita

MARGS OBVI. Seriously though, margaritas on the beach is the reason you’re going south of the border in the first place. And this can go one of two ways. 1. Relaxing, all-inclusive resort with spa treatments and turn down service, or 2. Spring break in Cancun with nights at Señor Frogs. The beautiful thing is that either way, you’re having margs.

4. Puerto Rico- Piña Colada

Pineapple, coconut, and rum. Where is the nearest poolside bar?

5. Cuba- Mojito

While your American passport won’t get you there, you CAN make up a ton of these and watch Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights, so don’t despair.

6. Peru- Pisco Sour

When ordering pisco sours, the only Spanish you’ll need to know is ¡Sí, el otro, por favor!

7. Brazil- Caipirinha

Beautiful beaches, beautiful people, and beautiful cocktails. Caipirinhas are just another reason the world has to be thankful for Brazil.

8. Argentina- Fernet Cola

Fernet is a highly popular, highly alcoholic spirit that the people of Argentina adore. It’s mixed into everything, but cola is the most popular choice. Drink this on the beach, on the ranch, after a game of fútbol, just don’t cry for me after you have too many.

9. Uruguay- Clericó

Uruguay, you lovely country. This is basically white wine sangria with oranges, strawberries, and raspberries. Oh, and other fruits are allowed to the party too? I’M SOLD. Now where are the bottomless clericó brunches?

10. Chile- Terremoto

Ok, this drink is ***perfecto. White wine and pisco with a little bit of sugar and then you add a scoop of PINEAPPLE ICE CREAM. The name means “earthquake” because you will be wobbly after a few, so proceed with caution.

11. South Africa- Banana Dream

Vodka, banana liquor, orange juice, and a splash of cream. Go B-A-N-A-N-A-S on these.

12. Kenya- Dawa

Say jambo to this wonderful mixture of vodka, lime juice, and honey. Dawa is the Swahili word for “medicine,” and this elixir is said to get rid of anything that ails you. That is, unless what ails you is the urge to drunk text your ex.

13. Morocco- Mint Tea Cocktail

Moroccan mint iced tea + vodka. Have a few of these to cool off under the hot, North African sun.

14. Spain- Sangria

The Pénelope Cruz of mixed drinks, sangria is the cocktail that all other cocktails aspire to be. Keep the pitchers coming, mi amor.

15. France- St. Germain Cocktail

If you find yourself in the City of Light, don’t sleep on the chance to drink a few of these at brunch on the Champs-Élysées. St. Germain elderflower liquor + champagne. Actually, don’t wait for Paris, you can make these at home.

16. United Kingdom- Gin and Tonic

Arguments could be made for the Pimm’s Cup to be the UK’s entry here, but for my pound sterling, there’s nothing more British than a good G+T. Add a wedge of your favourite citrus, and enjoy royally, but too many will have you spinning like the London Eye.

17. Ireland- Bailey’s White Russian

If you’re in Ireland, go for a pint of Guinness, for Christ’s sake. But if you must have a cocktail, make it this dreamy Bailey’s White Russian. The Irish creme will make you feel lucky as a leprechaun.

18. Sweden- Wolf’s Paw Cocktail

The Wolf’s Paw is an amazing drink served up at the Icebar in Stockholm. This particular drink includes the very Swedish taste of lingonberries and is served in glasses carved out of ice, so that’s something you’ll inevitably post to Instagram.

19. Germany- Radler

One of Germany’s beloved Biermischgetränke, or beer mixed drinks. The Radler is similar to American shandies, half beer and half carbonated lemonade or Sprite. What’s important to keep in mind here is that Radler means “cyclist” in Bavarian German, meaning this is basically as close as the Germans get to Gatorade.

20. Poland- Szarlotka

If you can pronounce the name of this drink effortlessly, you’re either Polish, already drunk, or both. Szarlotka is Polish for “apple pie” and this drink has two ingredients, so why have you never had one? Żubrówka vodka + apple cider.

21. Czech Republic- Magic Eye

CZECH IT OUT, a pint of beer and a shot of peppermint schnapps. I’m skeptical about this one, too.

22. Italy- Bellini

Peach puree and prosecco, this is another brunch staple. But if you’re in Venice, have one at Harry’s Bar where they were invented, and then proceed to eat ALL OF THE GELATO.

23. Greece- Santorini Sunrise

You don’t even need to have a drink called the Santorini Sunrise to appreciate the Santorini sunrise. That shit will have you drunk on LIFE. But if you can have both at the same time, why wouldn’t you?

24. Turkey- Turkish Delight Martini

This gorgeous cocktail combines white crème de cacao and vodka with rose syrup, rosewater, and rose petals. And then you top it with chocolate because life can be that good sometimes.

25. Russia- Vodka Shot

No comment needed.

26. India- Mango Lassi Cocktail

Ohhh if mango lassi isn’t your jam yet, listen up. Fresh pureed mango and yogurt with a little bit of sugar. Then top it off with some florals or pistachios and it’s like the best mango smoothie of your life. No one will look if you add a shot or two of whatever you like best.

27. Thailand- Tom Yam Siam

Lychee, lime, lemongrass, and Thai chillies are added to vodka and Malibu rum. It’s like tom yum soup in a more delicious cocktail form.

28. Singapore- Singapore Sling

The best thing about Singaporean cuisine is that you get the best of Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian cuisine all on one tiny island nation. Sling a few of these back with whatever you’re having.

29. South Korea- Yogurt Soju Cocktail

SOJU BOY TELL ‘EM. Tell ‘em about this liquor, which is the most popular alcohol in the world. The latest craze is to mix soju with yogurt, which sounds crazy to me. The world also seems to have jumped on board with k-pop, though, so anything’s possible.

30. Japan- Sake

Sake, sake, sake! I’m not sure if they actually do sake bombs in the Land of the Rising Sun, but if they don’t, they absolutely should. Regardless, arigato for sake, Japan.

31. Australia- Tim Tam Martini

Any cocktail that features chocolate sandwich cookies is at the top of the list in my book. Except this drink is actually at the bottom of the list, but everything’s backwards in Australia I’ve heard.

32. Polynesia- Mai Tai

Stumbling to the last destination on our list, if you’ve made it this far, your efforts will be rewarded. The mai tai. The golden nectar of the gods. Drink umbrellas have never looked so good. Sit under an umbrella yourself and put your feet up. You’ve come a long way. Drink safe and happy travels!

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