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Make Drinks From Around The World At Home

By Bucket Listers

Cheersing to confinement. 🥂

Published March 16, 2020

The world is ending. Let's raise a glass! We may not be able to explore new cultures and countries at the moment but at least we can share a sip of them. See below for 11 recipes of our favorite cocktails – inspired by some of our favorite cities.

Paris: French 75

It’s no wonder the French phrase for “cheers” – À votre santé! – quite literally translates to “To your health.” A French75 a day keeps the doctor away.

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 ounces dry sparkling wine (such as brut Champagne), chilled

Best served in a thin flute.

Positano: Aperol Spritz

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Summertime in a sip. Best paired with sunshine, an OOO reminder and the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack. Saluti!

  • Ice
  • 3 ounces Aperol
  • 3 ounces dry Prosecco
  • 1 ounce (a splash) club soda or unflavored sparkling water
  • Orange slice, for garnish

Best taken with a load of knowledge, including historic and modern recipes.  

San Francisco: Wine Flight

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Introducing the wine capital of America: Napa. Your kitchen. Support your local liquor stores (priorities, right?), pick up a case of vino and curate your own wine tasting from the comfort of your couch. 

Best sipped then noted in a journal.

Los Angeles: Frosé

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“Whoever said Aperol Spritz was the new Frosé was seriously disturbed.” - Someone in LA probably. Typically reserved for basking the summer sun (preferably on a rooftop), the second-best time to sip this pretty in pink potion is whilst quarantined. Lucky us!

  • 1 bottle of rosé wine 
  • 1 1/2 cups of halved strawberries, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice

The quarantine can get repetitive – Best to mix things up a bit.

Russia: Vodka

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Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Best taken in shots, preferably ice cold.

New York: Espresso Martini  

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In the city that never sleeps, everyone is pretty much just running on Espresso Martinis. Watch out for the perfect alcohol to coffee ratio– the sweet spot should result in a roughly 1/2 inch foam finish.

  • 1/2 ounce Vodka
  • 1-ounce Espresso coffee
  • 2/3 ounce coffee liqueur
  • Optional pinch of salt
  • Espresso beans for garnish

Best made with a true espresso.

Barcelona: Sangria

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If you’re looking for a party, you’ve got one… in your glass. 

  • 1/2 medium apple (cored, skin on, chopped into small pieces)
  • 1/2 medium orange (rind on, sliced into small pieces, large seeds removed // plus more for garnish)
  • 3-4 Tbsp organic brown sugar or organic cane sugar 
  • 3/4 cup orange juice (plus more to taste)
  • 1/3 cup brandy (plus more to taste)
  • 750 ml bottle dry Spanish red wine*
  • 1 cup Ice to chill

Best prepared with a large sangria pitcher.

London: Pimms Cup

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They're saying Pimms is the new Aperol (by they I mean the Brits)? Get us a little sweetness to this indoor Corona-tine, a simple recipe for a faux-spring feel. If you’re feeling like the full spread, some shortbread cookies always hit the spot.

  • 1 part Pimm's Cup No. 1
  • 3 parts lemonade
  • Garnish: mint, orange, and/or strawberries
  • Garnish: cucumber slice or peel

Best taken with some shortbread cookies.

Dublin: Guinness

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Nothing cozier than a tall and fat Guinness. "And don’t skimp out on that foam," is what we imagine Kate requesting. If you're feeling extra Irish, throw a shot of Bailey's into the glass, yes gooood - drink up! 
Best taken with a set of pint glasses. 

Mexico City: Paloma 

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Take a trip to the tequila capital of the world. Bring the sun indoors with one of our favorite cocktails - and think about all of that vitamin C you're about to intake.  

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 grapefruit wedge
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup mescal or tequila
  • ¼ cup club soda

Best prepared with some party cocktail glasses.

Tokyo: Saké 

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The wine of Japan. Made from fermented rice, please heat up to about 45º celsius for the perfect saké drinking temperature. Kanpai!

Best taken in teeny tiny traditional saké glasses.

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