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Foreign Cuisine Finder – Around the World in Seven Cocktails
November 23, 2017
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Around the World in 7 Cocktails | Duende by Madam ZoZo

For all those travelling around the world in seven cocktails, we are now open for boarding. Let’s take a trip from Singapore to London, enjoying the history, geography and recipes for some mixed drinks that will bring an international touch to your holiday season or celebration.

Singapore Sling

Let’s start in Southeast Asia with the Singapore Sling. The luminescent pink cocktail was created by bar tender Ngiam Tong Boon while working in the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, sometime in the 1910’s. Visitors to Singapore still flock to the Raffles bar to sip on a Sling.

This recipe is the current issue from Raffles Hotel. The very original was lost to history, and this version was conjured up from notes and staff memories.

Singapore Sling

 

Ingredients:

30ml gin

15 ml Heering Cherry liqueur

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

7.5ml Cointreau

120ml Pineapple juice

15ml Fresh lime juice (about one small lime)

10 ml Grenadine

A forceful dash of Angostura bitters

Ice cubes

Garnish with pineapple and Grenadine soaked cherry

 

 Method:

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add enough ice cubes to make the shaker approximately three-quarters full. Cover while shaking hard and fast until the shaker feels cold.

Strain the cocktail into a hurricane or highball glass containing ice. If you want, garnish with the pineapple and cherry.

Tip: If this drink is too sweet for your liking, top up with some soda water and stir it through.

Manhattan

The Manhattan has conflicting origin stories, but the one thing they agree on is that the cocktail was first mixed in its namesake location during the late 1800’s. Over the following half-century, the classic American cocktail appears in numerous recipe books with variances in ingredients. The Manhattan Club which lays claim to one origin story, serves their version of the drink to the following recipe.

Manhattan

 

Ingredients:

60ml parts rye whiskey

30ml sweet vermouth

2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters

 

Method:

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well (never shake) and pour into a chilled lowball or coupe glass.

Tip: For a dry Manhattan, replace the sweet vermouth with dry vermouth; or make it “Perfect” with equal parts of both.

Caipirinha

Next stop: South America and the official Brazilian drink by law, the Caipirinha. The Caipirinha is thought to have been conceived in Paratay, São Paulo for medicinal purposes towards the end of World War I. The original was a combination of cachaça (spirit made from sugar cane), green lemon, honey and garlic. Sometime down the line the honey and garlic got substituted for sugar and ice, giving birth to the Caipirinha of today. In 1922, Brazilian modernists chose the caipirinha as the official Brazilian drink for Modern Art Week, which introduced the Caipirinha to the world.

Caipirinha

 

Ingredients:

75ml Cachaça

3/4 green lemon

3 tablespoons white sugar

Crushed ice

 

Method:

Place the sugar in a lowball glass. Cut the lemon into wedges and place skin side up in the glass. Gently muddle the lemons, then add ice and cachaça to the glass. Stir and enjoy!

Daiquiri

The next stop on our around the world adventure is Cuba. In the late nineteenth century, American expat Jennings Cox, was successfully mining iron out side Santiago de Cuba. Legend has it that while entertaining one evening, he ran out of gin. Cox dashed out to buy whatever liquor he could and returned with rum. To the rum he added lemon juice, sugar, mineral water and ice. His guests loved the drink and asked him what it was called. Cox chose to name his cocktail after a nearby beach village named Diaquiri. Later Hemmingway took to the cocktail while he was spending time in Cuba, and created his own rendition. Below is Jennings Cox’s original recipe, which can be used to make a batch for six people.

Daiquiri

Ingredients:

6 Lemons

6 tsp Sugar

6 cups (1.4L) of White rum

2 cups (0.5L)  of Mineral water

Ice

 

Method:

Juice lemons and add liquid to the sugar, rum, mineral water in a bowl. Mix well, then add ice. Ladle into coupe glasses filled with ice.

Around the World in 7 Cocktails | Duende by Madam ZoZo
Daiquiri at Floridita Bar in Havana, Cuba

Negroni

Now we escape to Florence, Italy where in 1919 Count Camillo Negroni demanded a stronger drink. The bartender at Caffe Casoni, Fosco Scarselli, responded by replacing the soda water in the Count’s Americano with gin, and garnishing it with orange peel instead of lemon rind. A Negroni makes a great pre-dinner cocktail and post-meal aperitif.

Negroni

 

Ingredients:

1/3 Gin

1/3 Campari bitters

1/3 Red vermouth

Orange for garnish

 

Method:

A Negroni can be prepared directly in a chilled lowball glass. Pour all the ingredients over ice and stir gently. Cut a wedge of orange and place in the cocktail to finish.

The Black Russian

Arriving in Brussels, Belgium we will be staying at the Hotel Metropole where in 1949 bartender Gustave Tops created the first Black Russian cocktail. He created the simple Russian vodka, coffee liquor mixture in honour of hotel guest, Perl Mesta, the US Ambassador to Luxembourg.

The Black Russian

Ingredients:

50ml parts Vodka

25ml Kahlúa

 

Method:
Pour both ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir before straining  into a lowball glass filled with fresh ice.

Tip: For a sweeter drink, increase the portion of Kahlúa to vodka.

Pimm’s Cup

The final stop on our “Around the World in 7 Cocktails” journey, is London. Here we meet the creation of James Pimm, the owner an oyster bar in London in the mid-1800’s. On the menu was a gin-based drink containing various herbs and liqueurs, offered as a tonic to aid digestion. This first concoction was dubbed Pimm’s No. 1 Cup. Subsequent cups have come and some have gone, but the classic No. 1 remains a British favourite, and curiously popular in New Orleans. Make it by the pitcher full with this recipe.

Pimm’s Cup

 

Ingredients:

Ice
Pimm’s
Lemonade (Lemonade in the British/Aussie sense: clear and carbonated i.e. Sprite or 7-Up for Americans)
Fresh fruit (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, sliced oranges, cherries)
Sliced cucumber
Lime
Fresh mint

 

Method:

Fill a pitcher with ice. Add a large handful of fresh fruit, a few slices of cucumber and one-part Pimm’s to three-parts Lemonade. Stir and finish with a squeeze of lime, and some fresh mint.

I hope you enjoyed your boozy trip around the world in seven cocktails. Please travel with us again soon!

Peace, love & inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Around the World in 7 Cocktails

About author

Madam ZoZo

Hi! I’m Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I’m passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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