Best Drinks in the World

It is no secret that one of the cornerstones of travel is going out on the town and enjoying the interesting nightlife around the world where locals and travelers converge, drink, laugh and share stories. Often times these are the moments we remember most when returning home to chuckle with our travel companions rehearsing those “remember when” moments.

As we travel the world one thing that becomes evident is that each new place brings new people, places and customs. The drinking culture around the world offers something different at every corner and seemingly every new place we visit has a new drink of choice.

Best Drinks

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The following beverages are some of the best concoctions to wet your whistle after a long day of sightseeing.

Looking for a tasty drink to help cool off by the beach? That is the precise predicament Ramon Marrero found himself in while working at the Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in 1954. Luckily for all of us, Ramon invented just the drink to tickle our taste buds and the Pina Colada was created. The Pina Colada is made with Rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice all blended together to create a delicious drink worthy of the sun drenched Caribbean Beach Bars. This creamy concoction has only increased in popularity since its inception in San Juan, Puerto Rico and now can be found at resorts and bars throughout the world. The sweet, creamy juices combine with tasty white rum to create a cocktail unlike any other.

Puerto Rico

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Our next drink is a hotly debated topic of which both Chile and Peru lay claim to being the original creators. The Pisco Sour is a scintillating South American cocktail that is made with Pisco, lemon or lime juice, simple syrup, egg whites and bitters. Though the drinks origin remains unknown, one thing that Peruvians and Chileans alike both agree on is that this cocktails is worthy of being a national treasure. So much so in fact that the first weekend in February, the nation of Peru celebrates Pisco Sour day. With its soft foamy top and tart soft tones, the Pisco Sour makes the list as one of the world’s best drinks.

This may come to surprise many of you, but did you know that the popular island favorite the Mai Tai was actually invented in Oakland, California in 1944? Trader Vic’s restaurant serves as the birthplace of this cocktail which is now serves in bars and resorts worldwide. The Mai Tai is made with white rum, Curacao liqueur, syrup, lime juice and dark rum. The drink is a favorite for its sweetness and makes for a great beachside companion.

Hailing from Ensenada, Mexico, the Margarita is one of the most popular drinks, especially in North America. To mix a Margarita, you simply need Tequila, Sweet and Sour and Triple Sec Liqueur. This can be served “on the rocks” or blended and the tart beverage with a sweet finish is a wonderful blend that makes the Tequila go down easy. Massively popular in Mexico, the drink is a favorite particularly in the resort towns along the coast. Just remember to drink responsibly as it doesn’t take much to have one too many Margaritas.


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The next beverage on our list is the no frills or gimmicks type. If you’re looking for a beverage to exemplify drinking culture in the Southern region of the United States, look no further than the Whisky Coke. It is just as it sounds, made with Whisky and Coca Cola, two American ingredients that blend seamlessly together. The creation is a spinoff of the highball brought to the US in 1894 by EJ Radcliff and English Actor. The highball was a mix of Scotch whisky and carbonated water, known today as Scotch and Soda. This simple cocktail has lasted as a favorite for years due to its relative simplicity and ideal blending of flavors.

Another common beverage for those looking to get a little rowdy and partake in a drinking ritual is the Irish Car Bomb. Made with Guinness Stout, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Jameson Irish Whiskey this drop shot style drink is a favorite at the many Irish Pubs around the world. In a shot glass Bailey’s Irish Cream is poured and then Jameson Whiskey is floated on top. The shot is then dropped into a half pint of Guinness Stout and swigged down all in one shot as it must be drunk quickly or it will curdle. This drink has gained popularity largely because of its mellow taste and outrageously fun ritual that goes along with drinking this cocktail with friends.
The next cocktail also has quite the loyal following and its preparation and nostalgia have brought the drink to prominence over the years. The Vodka martini is a staple cocktail among well to do socialites and the drink is a simple but strong cocktail.

Irish Car Bomb

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To mix a Vodka Martini a double shot of Vodka and a splash of dry vermouth are poured over ice in a cocktail server. The beverage is then shaken or stirred depending on the client’s preference before being sieved into a chilled martini glass. The drink is then garnished with an olive and served. It should be noted that Martini’s can be elusively strong and being sure to drink responsibly when enjoying this cocktail should be a top priority. The drink is very common at cocktail parties and formal affairs as it is considered to be a drink favored by the well to do cocktail lover.

All of these drinks come from spirits and ingredients that come together from all corners of the globe to create an unforgettable cocktail that is sure to inspire a second round. Each drink has a long and storied culture surrounding its enjoyment and these rituals are what make going out and wetting your whistle such a fun experience. Whichever cocktail fits your fancy, always remember to drink responsibly. With this in mind, get out there and sample these amazing cocktails which have earned their spot as the World’s best drinks.

Date posted: 1st November, 2012

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