Happy hour can be celebrated almost anywhere in the world. Shaken or stirred, cocktails are refreshing ways to explore regional flavours while meeting some of the friendly locals – buy them a round and make new buddies! The strange city you’re in won’t be so strange anymore after getting a good buzz from their local brews and catching the effervescent vibe of the locale. So when travelling, aside from visiting a country’s postcard-worthy sites, get yourself acquainted with its signature cocktail as well. Every holiday you take is worth celebrating, don’t you think? Bottoms up!
Served in bars and resorts all over the world, it is a must to get a taste of the real thing when in Cuba. Delicious on hot summer days and nights, the tropical party in a glass consists of rum, lime juice, simple syrup, soda water and mint leaves.
The Singapore Sling (Singapore)
A beverage invented in 1915 by Bar Captain, Ngiam Tong Boon at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore. The Singapore Sling is a red, fruity concoction made of pineapple juice, cherry liqueur, gin, Benedictine herbal liqueur, Cointreau, lemon juice, Angostura bitters and grenadine syrup. So when in Singapore, be sure to drop by the colonial-inspired Raffles Hotel and sip on this tasty brew.
Aside from the famous Ipanema beach and the even more famous bodacious bodies that adorn its vicinity, Brazil is also known for its national cocktail, the Caipirinha. It comprises of Cachaca (rum that is distilled from sugarcane and is Brazil’s best known spirit) limes, and then sweetened with simple syrup.
Nothing says summer like Sangria – wine (usually red) infused with spices and fresh fruit (apples, grapes, oranges, limes, lemons, peaches) and mixed with soda water, fruit juice, sugar and sometimes, brandy. Served with tapas, you’ll be saying “Si, Si!” in no time. This chunky cocktail can also be served by the pitcher. Por Favor!
Perhaps the most recognizable cocktail in the world. The word tequila alone will make you imagine a super chilled glass of the citrusy cooler and you’re already halfway to Mexico. An authentic margarita combines tequila, Cointreau and lime juice and then poured into a salt-rimmed glass. Just one sip and you’ll be in fiesta mood.