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35 MUST TRY COCKTAILS AROUND THE WORLD

07 Jun 2017 By

Wherever you are around the world, there’s a cocktail with your name on it.

35 Cocktails Around The World to Try

by Maura Walters and Christopher Ross (Illustrations by Holly Wales)

Whether you consider yourself a martini man or prefer an old-fashioned, there’s a good chance that no matter where you are traveling, you’ll be able to find a memorable place to have a drink in just about any city in the world. Sometimes the atmosphere of a place can turn a good drink into a great one—and sometimes the quality of drink transcends its environment. For the 35 cocktails below, we found both: a great drink in a great bar. Some of them are classic destinations, some are hidden-away hot spots. The only rule? Don’t order a beer. 

 

Amsterdam

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Be Kind Unwind at Door 74

A twist on the Martinez—a sweeter, maraschino-cherry-inflected precursor to the martini—made with Tanqueray Malacca gin, Saint-Raphaël aperitif, Toschi Nocello, maraschino liqueur, and bitters. Address not listed, email for more information

 

Buenos Aires

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Transatlantico Fizz at Florería Atlántico

Egg whites and soda give this whiskey drink, dosed with yerba maté bitters, its foamy character. Arroyo 872

 

Chicago

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The Porthole at The Aviary

Try out the bar’s custom-made infuser, which instantly gives any spirit the flavors of fruit, vegetables, herbs, and spices. 955 West Fulton Market

 

Copenhagen

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Clover Tea Club at Oak Room

Licorice tea-infused Beefeater with homemade raspberry syrup, lemon juice, and an egg white. Birkegade 10

 

Denver

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Sundance Kid at Williams & Graham

Coffee-infused Rittenhouse rye adds a caffeinated boost to cognac, sherry, Amaro Montenegro, and bitters. 3160 Tejon St.

 

Dublin

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Old-Fashioned at The Green Hen
Legendary, and not only in Ireland. Cherry juice sweetens the bourbon and bitters served in a cut-glass crystal tumbler. Look around and admire the movie-star photos and mirrors, some of which have the day’s specials written on them, a clear indicator of the type of French brasserie that Green Hen aspires to be here in the heart of Dublin’s fanciest shopping district. 33 Exchequer St.

 

Florence

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Negroni at Caffe Rivoire

The chocolatier, which started in 1872, is always popular with tourists. Get a couple of single-origin chocolate bars to go, and stay for the classic version of the Italian cocktail: equal parts gin, vermouth rosso, and Campari, with an orange peel. Via Vacchereccia 4

 

Hamburg

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Gin-Basil Smash at Le Lion Bar de Paris

Le Lion isn’t simply one of the best bars in Germany—it’s one of the best in the world. The drink that put it on the map? The Gin-Basil Smash, a cocktail as simple as it is ingenious, combining gin, lemon, simple syrup, and basil in a botanically infused tipple that’s nearly too easy to drink. Rathausstrasse 3

 

Hamilton, Bermuda

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Rum Swizzle at Swizzle Inn

Use the paper umbrella to stir this icy party starter of rum, orange juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, and Falernum at the island institution where it was invented. 3 Blue Hole Hill

 

Havana

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Mojito at La Bodeguita del Medio

If you want to drink like a famous writer in Havana, head to La Bodeguita del Medio, a low-key hangout for Pablo Neruda and Gabriel García Márquez in decades past. Whether or not it’s truly the birthplace of the mojito remains a matter of debate, but the minty Cuban highball has been made here since 1942, and few do it better. Empedrado No. 207

 

Honolulu

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Mai Tai at the Royal Hawaiian’s Mai Tai Bar

What else would you order at the historic Waikiki Beach hotel but the bar’s namesake drink? Go with the classic version composed of pineapple juice, orange juice, orange curacao, orgeat, and rum, and listen to the waves crash on the beach. 2259 Kalakaua Ave.

 

Hong Kong

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Gin Martini at Butler Bar

A precise touch of Japanese perilla liqueur adds a bittersweet, herbal note to the after-work basic. 5-6/F, Mody House, 30 Mody Rd.

 

Istanbul

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Toucan Brogue at The Bar With No Name

Expats (and locals) gather here for this particular blend of tequila, single-malt Scotch, lime juice, pineapple juice, with a splash of Campari. Gönül Sokak No. 7B, Beyoğlu

 

Johannesburg

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Dawa Cocktail at Sir James van der Merwe
An iconic cocktail in Kenya, the Dawa, which means “medicine” in Swahili, is a refreshing mixture of vodka, fresh lime juice, and honey. A favorite of game hunters, today you can find it at the antique-stuffed, warehouse-like space of Sir James, served with a dawa stick to squash the limes. 6 Desmond St.

 

Lima

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Chilcano at Mayta

Mayta is among Lima’s most imaginative restaurants, reinventing Peruvian cuisine one colorful dish at a time. It’s also a destination for the chilcano, a classic, thirst-quenching Peruvian ginger-ale-and-pisco highball, inspired by Italian immigrants who mixed grappa and ginger ale. 28 De Julio 1290

 

Singapore

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Singapore Sling at Bar & Billiard Room at Raffles 

In 1915, bartender Ngiam Tong Boon created the Singapore Sling—a juicy, pink, gin-based cocktail made with pineapple juice and cherry heering—at the Long Bar of the opulent Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The Long Bar is currently closed for renovations, reopening in 2018, but you can order it at the Bar & Billiard Room in the meantime. 1 Beach Rd.

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