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The best cocktails from every country!

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We are in the middle of the summer season, and the temperatures are reaching scorching temperatures. It is recommended to hydrate with a lot of water, to consume vegetables and fruits, rich in minerals and liquids, but occasionally we can also consume a refreshing cocktail. In this article I invite you to travel around the world and discover together the best cocktails according to each country!

It is an exciting journey into the world of cocktails that allows you to experience the unique flavors and cultural traditions of different countries. From classic dishes to innovative creations, every country has its own cocktail.

We have identified for you 10 of the most popular cocktails that people prefer to consume in the warm season.

Aperol Spritz – Italy

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One of the most popular cocktails consumed around the world has its origins in Italy. Aperol Spritz originates from the city of Padua and has become one of the most famous cocktails from Italy, but also from all over the world. Aperol liqueur has become a favorite aperitif in Padua. From its growing popularity, the Aperol Spritz was born in the years 1950, in northern Italy.

Essentially, the Aperol Spritz recipe is as follows: 50ml Aperol; 75 ml Prosecco; 25 ml mineral water; orange slice; ice. Put a lot of ice, put the orange slice; pour Prosecco and then Aperol and mineral water. In Romania, the Aperol Spritz cocktail has undergone a change, and instead of soda, Sprite is used, a slightly sweet acidic juice.

Sangria - Spain

Traveling to Spain, we encounter vibrant and fruity Sangria. This popular Spanish drink is a delightful blend of red or white wine, chopped fruit, sweetener and a splash of cognac. Sangria is a refreshing and social drink that perfectly complements the lively atmosphere of Spanish fiestas and tapas nights.

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml dry red wine;
  • 40 ml brandy;
  • 2 oranges;
  • 2 lemons; 
  • 2 peaches or 2 apples;
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar;
  • optional: cinnamon or cloves.

First, squeeze the juice from a lemon and an orange, and cut the remaining fruits into cubes. Put the juice together with the fruits in a two-liter glass carafe and add brandy and sugar over them. Mix well with a long-handled wooden spoon. Finally, add the wine and leave the dish in the fridge for 3-4 hours. If you want to eat it on the spot, you can add ice. If not, before serving, add 250 ml of mineral water and plenty of ice. Before consumption, do not forget to add mineral water.

Piña Colada - Puerto Rico

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If you arrive in the tropical paradise of Puerto Rico, you can try one of the most popular cocktails that has its origins in this corner of Heaven – the Piña Colada. This creamy cocktail combines rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice, often flavored with a slice of pineapple and a cherry. Piña Colada's tropical flavors and laid-back vibes make it a perfect cocktail for lounging on the beach.

Ingredients:

  • – a shaker
  • - a "poco grande", "hurricane" glass, a "jar" or a Collins glass
  • 50 ml premium white rum Plantation 3 Stars
  • 30 ml coconut cream (or milk)
  • 50 ml fresh pineapple juice
  • – ice
  • – pineapple slices or Maraschino cherries.

Pour into the shaker with ice Plantation rum, coconut cream/milk and fresh pineapple juice. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds to bring the liquid to a creamy consistency. Pour the drink into the pre-chilled glass and season with a slice of pineapple or maraschino cherry (or both).

Margarita – Mexico

Traveling through Mexico, we cannot miss the iconic Margarita. This refreshing cocktail combines tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur, usually served with a salt rimmed glass. The margarita perfectly captures the vibrant and lively spirit of Mexico, making it a favorite choice for sipping on the beach or for festive celebrations.

Ingredients:

According International Association of Bartenders, for a memorable cocktail you need:

  • - a glass MARGARITA or a glass of champagne
  • 50 ml tequila blanco Juarez Silver
  • 20 ml orange liqueur Pierre ferrand 
  • 15 ml lime/lemon juice
  • – ice
  • - salt
  • – lime slices/quarters.

The liquid components are poured into a shaker and topped up with ice. Shake vigorously and pour through a strainer directly into the glass garnished with salt and a quarter of a lime. Premium ingredients ensures the quality of the cocktail. A tequila blanco, or Weber Blue agave reposado and a perfectly balanced liqueur, along with freshly squeezed lime/lemon juice will make all the difference.

Mojito - Cuba

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Traveling to the Caribbean, we arrive in Cuba, the country of origin of the famous Mojito cocktail. This classic cocktail is made with rum, fresh mint leaves, lemon juice, sugar and mineral water. The refreshing flavors of the Mojito make it a popular choice for cooling off in the tropical heat. Enjoy a Mojito while enjoying the rhythms of Cuban music.

Ingredients:

  • – 50 ml white rum
  • – 30 ml fresh lime juice
  • – 6 mint leaves
  • - 2 teaspoons of sugar, or 20 ml of sugar syrup
  • – mineral water (approx. 25 ml)
  • - ice cubes.

First of all, a Collins glass is chosen. Then, with the help of a muddler, gently mix the sugar, fresh lime juice and mint leaves, until the volatile oils contained in the latter are released (but without crushing them, so as not to become bitter). Add the rum and stir to dissolve the sugar and raise the mint to the surface. The drink is topped up with ice and mineral water and garnished with lime slices and mint leaves.

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