Around the World in Eight Summer Cocktails

Summer is finally here! That means warmer, lighter evenings – perfect for sitting outside in the sun with a cocktail or two. I’ve been planning a series of posts focusing on cocktails from around the world, so when fab drinks recipe site theBar.com asked me to come up with a post about my favourite drinks, I was very excited! To kick things off, I’ve rounded up a few of the best summer cocktails from around the world. All the recipes can be found on theBar.com if you want to try your hand at making any. Drink your way right around the world with these fabulously light and fruity summer cocktails…

Britain: Pimm’s and Lemonade

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It really doesn’t get more British than a classic glass of Pimm’s and Lemonade, does it? A sweet liqueur infused with fruits and herbs, Pimm’s was born at a London bar in 1823 and was the creation of one Mr James Pimm. These days, a jug of Pimm’s No.1 with lemonade, orange, cucumber, and sprigs of mint has become the iconic summertime drink in Britain. It’s practically illegal to host a barbecue without one.

Spain: Sangria

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Off to the continent now, for another fruit-filled drink. Sangria is a classic Spanish cocktail that’s perfect for summer. Made from spice-infused red wine, orange juice, lemonade, and fresh fruit, it’s a surprisingly light and sweet cocktail that can be really refreshing. Traditionally, Sangria is made with just about any combination of fruit you like, although oranges usually make an appearance, so get creative!

Singapore: Singapore Sling

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It’s origins and exact recipe are often disputed, but the Singapore Sling is undoubtedly one of the world’s best cocktails. Created by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon at the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel, Singapore sometime at the beginning of the 20th century, the Singapore Sling is usually made with gin, benedictine, and cherry brandy. Some recipes add lemon juice, others soda water, and it seems very few bar tenders agree on the correct recipe. But we can all agree that this sweet and tangy cocktail is perfect for a summer’s day.

Australia: New Frontiers

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On to Australia now for a relatively new cocktail. New Frontiers was invented fairly recently by Luke Ashton, winner of Time Out Sydney’s Best Bartender competition 2012 and Australia’s representative for the World Class Bartender of the Year final 2013. A play on the Bulleit Bourbon, New Frontiers blends Zacapa 23 rum with Australian pineapple for an exotic, Tiki-inspired drink that makes great summer drinking.

West Coast USA: Zombie

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The states have given us so many of the world’s best cocktails, lots of them made famous by Hollywood’s best movies. So Hollywood is the perfect next stop on our cocktail tour of the world, for a drink which was first created back in the 1930s. Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, aka Don the Beachcomber, was a design consultant on movie sets and a big rum drinker. He was also the creator of the Zombie, a fruity and tropical punch that’s packed full of rum, brandy, and fruit juices. The ultimate beach cocktail.

East Coast USA: Cosmopolitan

Over on the East Coast, cocktails tended to be a little more classy. And there’s no classier summer drink than the Cosmopolitan, a hot pink nineties cocktail made famous by Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Tart, fruity, and luridly pink, Cosmos are a simple blend of vodka, cranberry juice, and lime, served in a classic martini glass for a drink that’s as pretty as it is delicious.

Cuba: Mojito

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Down to Latin America now, for another of my favourite cocktails. Made with rum, soda, lime, mint and sugar, Mojitos are super tangy and ideal for drinking in the sunshine. This classic drink was invented in Cuba, and was brought to fame in the fifties by Ernest Hemingway when he lived, wrote, and well, got drunk, in Havana. Now, it’s the third most popular drink in Britain (source) – alongside plenty of other tropical classics. Us Brits do love to escape!

Peru: Pisco Sour

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Last but not least, we’re swinging by my favourite continent for the backpacker’s best loved cocktail, the Pisco Sour. Pisco is the national drink of Peru – although there’s some debate with Chile over where the brandy originated. Never tell a Chilean taxi driver that pisco is from Peru – trust me! Made with pisco, lime juice, syrup, egg white and Angostura bitters, Pisco Sours look (and smell) a little offputting, but the super sour taste is actually incredible. Get the Recipe here for a fab South American experience!

What are your favourite summer cocktails – and where are they from? Scroll down to leave a comment!

This post was brought to you in collaboration with theBar.com. As always, all words and opinions are my own. Please remember to drink responsibly 

About Emily Luxton

An award-winning writer and travel blogger on a mission to explore the world through deeper, more intelligent travel. Seeking out adventure, cultural exchanges, food experiences and more as she attempts to get to know the world. Lover of the great outdoors, sunsets, good food, and the odd bit of luxury!

34 Comments

  1. I’ll have one of each! Great list.

  2. ive never really understood the appeal of cocktails. but these sure look refreshing!

  3. I’m a mojito girl through and through – passion fruit ones are my absolute faves! I actually went to the bar in Havana where they were invented but I found them too sweet for me! More lime than sugar, and a whole lotta rum obviously 🙂

  4. I love love love Pisco Sour! I would definitely add a Caipirinha – the one thing I drank more than water in Brazil. Also for New York – Vodka Martini!!

  5. What a great compilation. I’ve never tried a Singapore Sling or New Frontier, so thanks, I’ll be tipping some back soon! Like Chloe, I’m definitely a Mojito girl!

  6. Hmmmm you need to add Brazil and Caipirinha 😀 Or an Old Fashioned with whisky from Scotland 😀

    • Haha yes I really wanted to include caipirinhas, they’re one of my favourites! But the list was getting too full as it was! I’ll have to write a follow up I think 😉

  7. Nice cocktails. I have just started drinking cocktails. I like the beer ones. The ones you have mentioned are quite innovative and look so fresh and visually appealing. Damn, I feel like having one now.

  8. I love all these cocktails, especially the pimms and lemonade. My favorite has to be Mexico and the classic margarita. Living in Spain now, l am always dying for one :-). I can’t find a really good one anywhere.

  9. Now it’s before 10AM and I want to go to the pub for some Pimm’s! Great list, and a fantastic excuse to drink your way around the world 🙂

  10. Great post . I have tried Mojito and Singapore Sling many times . Though my favorite is Singapore Sling. I am yet to have the rest of them. But I am very much tempted to the name New Frontiers.

    • Yeah I’d like to try the New Frontier too, sounds really intriguing. It’s the only one I’ve not tried yet – a new discovery whilst I was researching this post and one I’ll be attempting to make myself soon!

  11. Mmmmm! I love pina coladas and Malibu and pineapple. Yum yum yum!

  12. I went to New York and had my first cosmopolitan and it blew my head off lol i like a fruity vodka based cocktail 🍸

  13. My favourites are margaritas and daiquiris but I have no idea where either comes from. The caribbean? Mexico?

    • I think margaritas are Mexican origianlly, and daquiris (another fave of mine) are apparently from Cuba. There’s a beach in Cuba called Daquiri – sounds like the kind of place I want to visit 🙂

  14. Now this is one fun post for the summers..one can try a new drink from a different country kind of virtual travel 🙂 while enjoying a drink…

  15. Such a great list of cocktails! Pimms is so a British drink! haha Must admit i’m in Spain (well Tenerife) now and I have swapped Sangria for a different cocktail. Found a bar that does a Tiramisu cocktail and it is amazing!!

  16. how fun! i love mohitos during the summer – so refreshing!

    Sher

  17. New goal: have each of these in their respective countries!!! Thanks for the inspiration 😀

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