Sazerac Cocktail (The Sazerac House, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
This one is for whiskey lovers and people who don’t know that they love whiskey, yet. It has been called the oldest known American cocktail. In 2008 it became the official cocktail of New Orleans. Originally made with Sazerac Rye, our version uses Bulleit Rye. We doubt that a city with such a rich jazz tradition would mind a little improvisation.
Rum Runner (Holiday Isle Tike Bar, Islamorada, Florida, USA)
A drink that is truly more than the sum of its parts. A testament to American ingenuity…What do you do when you’re a bartender and the boss tells you to get rid of some of the dusty bottles? You make a drink that tastes so good that people forget that they don’t like a single component on its own. It’s name is a nod to the rum-runners of colonial and prohibition days.
Mojito (LaBodeguita de Medio, Havana, Cuba)
Sure, the U.S. has had an embargo on Cuba since the early 60’s, but that doesn’t mean you can’t taste what it would be like to be there. Lest you think that this is some sort of frou-frou concoction; it was a favorite drink of author, adventurer, drinker, and super badass Earnest Hemingway; it’s far from girlie.
Singapore Sling (Raffles Hotel,Singapore)
This cocktail was initially intended to be a “ladies drink”, hence its pink coloring, but has since become popular with both men and women. Leave it to a country whose symbol is the Merlion to take gin, a notoriously gloomy liquor, and transform it into a tropical refresher.
Springbokkie (South Africa)
The Springboks are the national rugby team of South Africa. You may not understand the rules of rugby, but you certainly understand taking a delicious shot. You can take this layered shot with your hands on your head like antlers as if you were a Springbok fan, but you don’t have to.
Caipirinha (Brazil…all of Brazil)
Any drink that is good enough to be the official cocktail of a huge country, filled with beautiful people who party ‘til dawn should be good enough for you. Plus, you get to put cachaça on your list of booze you’ve tried.
Mai Tai (Trader Vic’s, Oakland, California, USA)
“Maitai” means “good” in Tahiitian. There are many versions of this drink. Many are sugarbombs akin to mixing rum with Kool-Aid that will have you more likely kneeling to the porcelain god, than dancing with the Tiki gods. We’re pretty sure you’ll think original version of this now classic drink is the best.
Vodka and Russia are inextricably linked in the minds of most drinkers. There is good reason for that. The two have had a relationship with each other since the 1400s. Russians have gotten pretty good at vodka in the last 600 years. They must have known early on that vodka would be very special to them; it literally means “little water”.