Traveling is much more than strolling through the mysterious and exotic streets of our destinations. Mingle with the locals, eat the typical dishes and drink the local drinks is also part of the experience. And to complete yours, we will tell you about some international cocktails that you must taste when you travel to their country of origin.

The United States: the country of the most famous cocktails in the world

Gimlet: gin and lemon juice

The mixture of gin and lemon is drunk in several places in the world. In Menorca, for example, you will find the famous Pomada de Menorca, obtained by mixing lemonade with a local gin. But the Gimlet became world famous through literature and cinema: Raymond Chandler wrote it for his detective, Philip Marlowe and Humphrey Bogart popularized it in films like The Big Sleep . Drink it if you travel to Los Angeles, Marlowe’s hometown.

Dry Martini: gin, Sauternes wine and olives

Hailing from Martinez, the Dry Martini is the closest neighbor to the Gimlet, as its hometown is in San Francisco Bay. The mixture was first elaborated around the 18th century, although other sources claim that its author has a name of his own; that is, Jerry Thomas, the first cocktail master in history.

The Dry Martini is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic drinks in cinema.

Gin Fizz: gin, lemon juice, sugar and sparkling water

Let’s stay in the United States, the first country producing cocktails in the world. Here, gin is the star. Regarding the Gin Fizz, the name is due to the sound of the bubbles of sparkling water coming out of the siphon.

France, birthplace of the Bloody Mary

We crossed the Atlantic and arrived in Paris, France, in 1921. In the famous Henry’s bar in the French capital, bartender Fernand Petiot created this mixture of vodka, tomato juice, tabasco, sauce Worcestershire, crushed ice and pepper and thus increased the list of international cocktails.

The origin of its name is not really known. Some associate her with Mary Tudor, the Queen of England who murdered a mob of Protestants. On the other side of the ring are those who prefer the anecdote that two customers from Chicago, who saw the cocktail, said that it looked like a waitress from their city. The poor woman, named Mary, had red cheeks all the time and was nicknamed Bucket of blood. Anyway, the Bloody Mary is recommended for hangovers. Although we do not recommend it.

Cuba Libre, a call for freedom, rum and Coca-Cola

Until the end of the 19th century, Cuba was a Spanish colony, which the Cubans did not like at all. Indeed, they had already tried several times to become independent, but in 1898, in the port of Havana, the battleship Maine exploded. The attack was blamed on the Spanish, which brought the U.S. military into the battle on the Cuban side.

At that time, Coca-Cola was marketed in Cuba. The mixing of the national drink with rum was not long in coming. The result ? One of the best known and most consumed cocktails in the world: the Cuba Libre. Traveling to Cuba to taste the best rum.

Porto Rico: the delicious Pina Colada

In Puerto Rico, not only are pina coladas drunk, but this cocktail even has a national day: July 10. How could we leave it out of the international cocktail list?

The blend of white rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice was born in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ramon Marrero, known as Monchito, had been ordered by the hotel manager to create a unique drink that would leave guests speechless. And he succeeded.

However, there are legends that speak of a pirate captain who invented a similar recipe to prevent his crew from surrendering. Unfortunately, the ship would have sunk taking away the recipe.

Brazil: Caiprinha

Cachaca is a fermented cane liqueur. If you add sugar, lemon and lots of ice, you get one of the most delicious cocktails in the world: the caipirinha, a Brazilian heritage product since 1918. In 2003, it became Brazil’s national drink, but its origin is much older. It was born in Sao Paulo in 1918 as a remedy to fight the Spanish flu. For a time, its sale was banned because its success was such that Portuguese wines were no longer sold in Brazil.

Among its variants there is the caipiroshka, made with vodka instead of cachaca, or the caipirissina, in which the alcohol is white rum.

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