I find it fascinating to research the different kinds of cocktails and spirits that different countries take pride in. A drink that we don’t really consider ordering all the time in America could be the drink that every single person in another country has on the brain constantly. Luckily for me, I am able to sample a majority of these worldly cocktails in most of the bars in this great city. Isn’t cocktail diversity great?
Just like different countries specialize in different kinds of cuisines and ingredients, they specialize in different spirits as well. Some of them are well known to many: Russia and Poland for Vodka, Brazil for Cachaca, Italy for Sambuca. But some of them may come as more of a surprise, as well as a learning experience. Did you know that the Irish make their own spirit called Poitin? Well, now you do.
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So here is my collection of worldly cocktails, just in time to get you in the mood for some diverse boozing for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Sports and alcohol, two things that bring all of our different worlds together.
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Brazil: CachacaCocktail: Caipirinha
½ lime, quartered
1 tsp sugar
2 ½ oz Cachaca
1 cup ice cubes
In a large rocks glass, muddle the sugar with the lime, squeezing out the juice first. Add in the cachaca, and stir well to combine.
Peru/Chile: PiscoCocktail: Pisco Sour
2 oz Pisco
1 oz lemon juice
Dash of simple syrup
1 egg white
Dash of bitters
Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Add ice and shake again. Pour into an old fashioned glass and top with a few dashes of bitters.
Italy: CampariCocktail: Negroni
1 oz Campari
1 oz gin
1 oz vermouth
Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange slice.
Japan: SakeCocktail: Saketini
2 oz gin or vodka
1 oz Sake
Combine both ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive or lemon peel.
Ireland: WhiskeyCocktail: The Emerald
2 oz Irish Whiskey
1 oz vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
France: CointreauCocktail: French 75
1 oz gin
1 oz Cointreau
1 sugar cube
squeeze of lime
Combine all ingredients in a champagne flute. Stir well, and top with champagne.