Around the World… in Cocktails!

For my birthday this year I’ve decided to celebrate in the best way possible. On a round the world trip! But this isn’t just any kind of round the world trip. I’m doing it all from the comfort of my home in the company of my friends. The world is coming to us… via cocktails!

We will be posting LIVE as we try out different cocktails from our favourite countries, giving you the recipe and our opinions as we go. Expect us to get vastly incomprehensible as we go, and to not remember anything tomorrow morning…

Here’s where our round the world trip will take us:

  • Scotland
  • Russia
  • Thailand
  • New Zealand
  • United States
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • France
  • Ireland

And here we go…

  1. Highland Flying – Scotland
    Recipe: Blend 25ml each of Scotch, Kahlua, Orange Juice and Cream with ice and then strain into glasses.
    Verdict: Tasty and a very good start to our round the world trip! A few people commented it tasted like chocolate oranges, or melted ice cream.
    Score: 7/10
  2. Moscow Mule – Russia
    Recipe: Mix vodka with lime juice and ginger beer. Drink!
    Verdict: It’s gooood… The kind of thing you can drink a lot of, and then stand up and realise how drunk you are. Good job we’re only on our second one… 
    Score: 7.5/10
  3. Tom Yam Siam – Thailand
    Recipe: Mix Mekhong (Thai liquor) with Vodka, lime juice, sugar and lots of ice. Garnish with chilli, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaf to taste.
    Verdict: Careful, this one has a bit of a kick! It felt like we were drinking curry and definitely transported us back to Thailand with the flavours.
    Score: 6/10
  4. L&P and vodka – New Zealand
    Recipe: Mix L&P and vodka. Simples!
    Verdict: Not strictly a cocktail… but made a refreshing change from all the complicated flavours! I preferred the L&P on its own though.
    Score: 6/10
  5. Margarita – Mexico
    Recipe: Tequiiiiilaaaa, cointreau and lime juice in a glass with salt around the rim.
    Verdict: A very safe choice – my friend Chris has no imagination – but he does know how to make a MEAN margarita. Deeelicious. A firm favourite so far.
    Score: 9/10
  6. The Bee’s Knees – USA
    Recipe: Gin, lemon juice and honey simple syrup served with a lemon slice.
    Verdict: Smells amazing, and tastes like a liquid lemon curd. I’d much rather have this than lemsip when I’m ill!
    Score: 8/10
  7. Caipirinha – Brazil
    Recipe: Muddle limes and sugar, add crushed ice and then pour over cachaca. ‘Nuff said.
    Verdict: Quite drinkable, but we think we used the wrong type of sugar (don’t go too dark!)
    Score: 7/10
  8. African Brew – South Africa
    Recipe: Crushed ice, a scoop of chocolate ice cream, a banana and amarula all blended together. Pour into wine glasses and enjoy 🙂
    Verdict: It’s good, it’s nice. It’s like drinking a dessert and we like it! A few people have started to experience memory impairment. And there has been dancing.
    Score: 9/10
  9. Negroni – Italy
    Recipe: Equal parts gin, sweet red vermouth and campari. Serve with an orange twist. Fall on floor.
    Verdict: It’s strong!!!!!!! Ahhhh it makes me face go funny! Definite mixed reviews around the room – some people quite like it, the rest of us are putting on a brave face.
    Score: 5/10
  10. Agua de Valencia – Spain
    Recipe: A whole bottle of cava(!), a cup of orange juice and then double shots of vodka and gin. Mix it together with ice and imagine you’re in Spain 🙂
    Verdict: I’m biased because this is my favourite drink in the world. I’ll let others write the verdict for this… Chris says: Very refreshing, (much more so than Italy), though we are getting to the part of the evening where if someone shoved a glass of Bisto Gravy laced with Vodka in front of me I’d say it’s the greatest drink in the world. I feel would very much appreciate it even when sober!
    Score: 7.5/10
  11. Kir Royale – France
    Recipe: Creme de Cassis and champagne. On a 1:9 ratio. Easy!
    Verdict: It’s like a fizzy ribena! Except it will get you drunk! We like it!
    Score: 8/10
  12. Irish Eyes – Ireland
    Recipe: Whiskey, creme de menthe and cream (or milk if you’ve run out!) shaken, not stirred, and then poured over ice.
    Verdict: It tastes like polo mints, or like melted mint choc chip ice cream. A very good drink for a date – you don’t even need to brush your teeth! Despite the colour, it’s very drinkable indeed. A great one to finish on. We’re feeling incredibly fresh all of a sudden!
    Score: 8/10


What’s your favourite cocktail from around the world? 

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