If you are anything like me then you are probably yearning to travel again. I sometimes joke that AEGEE combines two of my favorite things -traveling and drinking. Whilst traveling might feel like a distant memory given the current situation, drinking is not. Here are some cocktails recipes inspired by my favorite cities to temporarily cure your wanderlust.
This article is meant to entertain and inspire people of legal drinking age to experiment with making cocktails – a fun and enjoyable activity if done responsibly and in moderation.
Writer Ernest Hemingway famously said, “Don’t bother with churches, government buildings, or city squares. If you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.” While we currently cannot visit churches, government buildings, city squares, or even bars, we can still drink. Therefore, it only seems fair that our drinking tour begins with a special homage to Mr. Hemmingway.
We will begin our tour in sunny Lisbon! Portugal’s stunning capital beautifully blends the country’s rich heritage with modern culture. To me, Lisbon is a Hemingway Daiquiri (although this cocktail was originally created in Cuba).
To make a Hemingway Daiquiri you will need
- 60 ml white rum
- 30 ml Maraschino liqueur
- 30 ml fresh lime juice
- 20 ml fresh grapefruit juice
- Lime wedge (if you’re feeling fancy)
- Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
- Add 60ml white rum, 30ml Maraschino liqueur, 30ml fresh lime juice, and 20ml fresh grapefruit juice and shake until the shaker feels cold to the touch.
- Pour out and strain into a glass and garnish with 1 wedge of lime.
- Sit back, relax and pretend you can feel the sea breeze on a warm Summer’s day
After Portugal, we go across the globe to far-away New-Zealand. Specifically, one of my favorite places in the world, a chill surfing town called Raglan. Raglan can be described as a laid-back town with a 1970’s charm. To me and to many people, Raglan is Paradise.
To make a “Raglan Paradise” you will need:
- 44 ml gin
- 30 ml apricot brandy
- 60 ml fresh orange juice
- Fill a shaker with ice cubes
- Add 44ml gin, 30ml apricot brandy, and 60ml fresh orange juice and shake until the shaker feels cold to the touch
- Pour out, strain, and enjoy whilst planning your next surfing adventure
We take another long flight, towards the city that never sleeps- New York, New York! The city is known for its excitement, diversity, and of course the famous cocktail, The Manhattan.
To make a classic manhattan you will need:
- 60 ml Rye Whiskey
- 30 ml Martini Rosso
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- Optional: a cocktail cherry (if you’re feeling fancy)
- Fill a shaker or large mix glass with ice cubes.
- Add 60 ml Bulleit rye whiskey, 30 ml Martini Rosso and 3 dashes Angostura Bitters.
- Stir this gently for 20 seconds and then pour out and strain it into a martini glass.
- Enjoy your cocktail whilst thinking about being on top of the Empire State Building
Our fourth stop is back in our trusty old Europe. Krakow is Poland’s iconic fairytale-esque city. Krakow has an old-school charm with modern appeal. To me, the perfect Krakow-inspired drink is a cherry martini.
To make a cherry martini you will need:
- 45 ml Vodka
- 14ml cherry brandy
- 45 ml cherry juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- In a glass, add 45ml vodka, 14ml cherry brandy, 45ml cherry juice,1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and ice
- Stir gently and enjoy whilst dreaming of your next romantic weekend in charismatic Krakow.
Our fifth stop is a place not only known for its painful past but also as an important art, culture, clubbing, and food destination. Welcome to Berlin! We could crack open a beer and call it a day, but how about we indulge in a cocktail known as Kölsch God (originally created by The Jolly Bartender)?
To make a Kölsch God you will need:
- 45ml Ruby Red vodka
- 60ml fresh grapefruit juice
- A can of beer
- In a shaker filled with ice, combine 45ml of Ruby Red Vodka with 60ml Fresh Grapefruit Juice and shake till cold to the touch.
- Add the vodka and grapefruit mix to a glass of beer
- Enjoy whilst dreaming up ways of getting into Berghain
Last but not least we go to one of the world’s wealthiest countries. Welcome to Singapore! Known for its wonderful warm climate, diversity, vibrant nightlife, and of course the famous Singapore Sling cocktail.
To make a Singapore Sling you will need:
- 25ml dry gin
- 25ml cherry brandy
- 25ml Benedictine
- 3 drops Angostura bitters
- 50ml pineapple juice
- 25ml lime juice
- Sparkling water
- Pour 25ml dry gin, 25ml cherry brandy, and benedictine into a mixing glass and stir.
- Add some ice and 3 drops of angostura bitters and stir until the mixing glass is cold to the touch
- Add in 50ml pineapple juice, 25ml lime juice, and top with sparkling water
- Serve and enjoy whilst dreaming of the Singapore skyline.
So there you go. Six cocktails to help you through these dismal times, whilst still keeping our traveling spirit alive. What cocktails did you come across during your travels? Make sure to let us know, for we could better well use them.
Disclaimer: This article is meant to be light-hearted and views drinking as a positive social activity in moderation; appreciate quality over quantity. Please drink mindfully and give your brain clarity to grow and develop.