Iconic Cocktails from Around the World

Friday Nov 12th, 2021


We’ve all heard of them, yet some of the most famous of all cocktails are also the simplest:

We’ve gathered some of the world’s most classic cocktails, ready to be sipped and savored.

Country: Singapore; Cocktail: Singapore Sling 

The original recipe was lost decades ago thus the drink that they currently serve at the Raffle Hotel’s Long Bar is based on memories of former bartenders, and some written notes that were discovered. Here’s one version believed to be close to the original.

Recipe: Singapore Sling

12 oz gin

12 oz Cherry Heering

14 oz Cointreau liqueur

14 oz Benedictine

4 oz pineapple juice (unsweetened)

12 oz lime juice

13 oz grenadine

1 dash Angostura bitters

Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Shake with ice. Strain into an ice filled Collins’s glass.

Garnish with cherry and slice of pineapple.

Country: Cuba; Cocktail: Daiquiri 

Constantine Ribalaigua Vert better known by his customers as “Constante,” who started behind the bar of El Floridita in 1914, is said to have invented over 200 drinks. His variations on the Daiquiri were his masterpieces.

Recipe: The Daiquiri (blender version)

2 oz white rum

Juice of half of a lime (hand squeezed)

Tsp sugar

Tsp Maraschino liqueur

Tsp grapefruit juice

12 oz (1 1/2 cups) crushed ice

Add rum, lime juice, sugar, Maraschino liqueur and grapefruit juice to blender. Add 12 oz (1 1/2 cups) of crushed ice. Blend for about 30 seconds. Serve in a cocktail glass.


Country: Chile and Peru; Cocktail: Pisco Sour 

There are several ways to make a Peruvian Pisco Sour and some recipes call for more simple syrup or use white sugar instead. You can blend it in a blender or shake it vigorously in the shaker to foam the egg white – but don’t leave that ingredient out.

Recipe: Peruvian Pisco Sour

2 oz Peruvian Pisco

1 oz lime juice

1 fresh egg white

.5 oz simple syrup

3 drops Angostura bitters

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a Champagne flute. Garnish with a lime wheel and 3 drops of Angostura Bitters.


Country: England; Cocktail: Pimm’s Cup

 Origin story: OK, we admit that England’s not exactly tropical, but visitors to England consume some 40,000 pints of the summery drink in just two weeks. The cocktail is made with Pimm’s No. 1 (a gin-based liqueur made in England from gin, liqueur, fruit juices, and spices) with the addition of sparkling lemonade, sliced fruit, cucumbers and mint. Pimm’s was first introduced to London England’s dandiest gents in 1823 by James Pimm at his famous Oyster Bar restaurant. Oysters and gin were a favorite pairing of the day and Pimm’s flavored gin served in a small tankard known as a “No. 1 Cup” quickly became all the rage.


Recipe: Traditional Pimm’s Cup

2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1
4 oz. sparkling lemonade (or lemon-lime soda)

Sliced fruit such as strawberries and apples.
Mint sprig & cucumber slice for garnish

Add ice to a chilled tall glass. Add the Pimm’s, sliced fruit and lemonade soda. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig and cucumber slice.




By: Margaret Swain


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