From Singapore to Cuba we’re on a mission to see how far you can travel on the contents of one cocktail cabinet. Fasten your seat belts and let’s get the journey under way!
Disclaimer: Obviously dealchecker thinks you should enjoy alcohol responsibly. So you should probably not attempt to drink your way around the world in an hour for example, or indeed even in one single evening. These cocktails are located many thousands of miles apart – please allow yourself suitable journey time!
Agua de Valencia
Images: Valencia by –Filippo–
Would you believe it, Europe is shockingly under represented in the cocktails-named-after-places stakes. We think this should be rectified immediately and this could be the cocktail to do it.
Mix orange juice and a shot of Cointreau in the glass
Top up with Cava
Add sugar to taste
Did you know that a ‘Mule’ (or Buck) is actually the name of a family of drinks? Ahh, you learn something new everyday with dealchecker. They’re a family of mixed drinks involving ginger ale (or ginger beer) plus citrus juice and a spirit of course.
The Moscow Mule was invented in the USA, and has almost nothing to do with Moscow beyond the fact that they also drink vodka there. But don’t let that stop you mixing one.
Mix together one part lime juice to two parts vodka
Top up with ginger beer
What’s this? Two cocktails for Russia? Well it is the largest country, and our Mule ran out as we trekked across Siberia.
A proper Black Russian should only be made from vodka and coffee liqueur – making them fairly deadly. I won’t tell if you want to top yours up with cola (aka a Tall Black Russian).
You should use about 50ml of vodka to 20ml of coffee liqueur
Serve over ice
Images: Singapore © javier brosch – Fotolia.com – Singapore Sling by James Cridland
Ladies and Gentlemen at long last we have a genuine geographical connection! The Singapore Sling was invented in Singapore in the iconic Raffles Hotel sometime around 1915. The recipe has altered somewhat through the years, even at Raffles Hotel today they serve an updated version.
20m Cherry brandy
5ml DOM Bénédictine
80ml Pineapple juice
30ml Fresh lemon juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
Shake all the ingredients together with ice
Pour and garnish
Images: cocktail © mdi – Fotolia.com – Hawaii © PhotoMan – Fotolia.com
And onwards into the tropics, where the Blue Hawaii was invented in Waikkiki. Now garnishing is important when you’re making tropical cocktails, so don’t forget the pineapple wedge and all important cocktail umbrella.
1 part White Rum
1 part cream of coconut
1 part Blue Curaçao
2 parts pineapple juice
Simply shake all ingredients together with ice
Garnish! Garnish! Garnish!
Both Chile and Peru claim the Pisco Sour for their national drink. For the purposes of our journey we’re going to be sipping this blend of Pisco, lime and bitters in the Peruvian coastal town of Pisco, just to keep the location connection.
8 parts Pisco (a grape brandy)
4 parts lime juice
3 part syrup
1 egg white
1 dash bitters
Shake (or blend) all ingredients except bitters with ice
Strain into glass
Bitters are an optional garnish – pour over the pisco sour foam
Images: Cuba Libre © Food&More – Fotolia.com – Cuba © Andrey Armyagov – Fotolia.com
I’ve always assumed that a Cuba Libre was a fancy name for a rum and coke, and in any case I’d rather have a mojito, gracias. But apparently it should also contain lime so I’m giving it another chance. The origins of the drink are a mystery, but a popular theory is that the drink (which means Free Cuba! in Spanish) originated from a toast to the island at the beginning of the 1900s.
50ml white rum
1 lime, cut into quarters
Pour the rum over ice (in a glass, obviously)
Squeeze the lime wedges into the glass
Top up with cola
Long Island Iced Tea
Images: Long Island © air – Fotolia.com – Long Island Iced Tea © ExQuisine – Fotolia.com
Last stop on our whirlwind tour, and even though Britain hasn’t featured its nice to end our voyage with a tea.
15ml light rum
15ml orange liqueur
15ml fresh lemon juice
15ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp sugar syrup
cola, to top up
lemon wedge to garnish
Shake the alcohols, juice and syrup together with ice
Strain into a glass
Top up with cola and garnish with the lemon wedge