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Cocktails
Costanza Pasqua, Staff Writer

They say it’s always 5pm somewhere in the world, so it’s always the right time to shake up a cocktail, especially if you can travel the world – in spirit – while sipping it.

Here are six international cocktails to take you on a pleasantly tipsy trip around the world (from your couch of course), together with the best bars to order them at once we can travel again. There’s a chance youll find us there, sipping away on a perfectly crafted concoction. 

Sip a Mojito at La Bodeguita del Medio, Havana

Mojito

The ultra-refreshing Mojito stands as the quintessential Cuban cocktail and conjures images of white sand beaches, sunshine, warm weather and tropical holidays. 

All you need are five easytofind ingredients: white rum, cane sugar, fresh-squeezed lime juice, sparkling water, and mint – then put on your best bikini and youre done. For the first-timers, this is a good place to start. 

When in Havana, stop in at La Bodeguita del Medio. One of the city’s most popular bars, described as a second home by Pablo Neruda, Hemingway and Salvador Allende, this is where the Mojito is said to have made its first appearance back in 1942. 

Drink a Cosmo at PDT, New York

Cosmopolitan

“I’d like a cheeseburger, large fries and a Cosmopolitan,” said Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, thereby enshrining this late‘80s entrant to the cocktail world as a staple on every bar’s drink list 

With only four ingredients required to make one yourself (vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice)simply combine with some ice cubes and follow with a good shake, and you have NYC’s favourite ready to go.

PDT (or Please Don’t Tell) is New York’s most sought-after speakeasy – and serves incredibly good cocktails. To enter this sleek bar, youll have to find your way through a hot-dog shop, locate the secret phone booth and follow the instructions for what to dial on the old red phoneAll worth it for a good Cosmo. 

Order a Negroni Sbagliato at Bar Basso, Milan

NegroniYou might be a connoisseur of the Negroni, but have you ever tried a Negroni SbagliatoSbagliato means wrong in Italian  this tasty concoction was accidentally invented when waiter Mirko Stocchetto replaced gin with Prosecco while mixing a classic NegroniThe rest is history.  

Just like in a Negroni, the sharp red spirit Campari is this cocktail’s heroAdd red vermouthsparkling wine and a slice of orange and you’re done. Make sure you serve this cocktail in a rock tumbler glass. 

Taste a Sbagliato in Milan at Bar Basso, the historic bar nestled in the heart of the Città Studi — where Mirko made his lucky mistake and created the cocktail now considered the ultimate aperitivo. 

Try a Black Russian at Hotel Metropole, Brussels

Black RussianBefore the espresso martini, there was the Black Russian. A cocktail for coffee-lovers, the Black Russian – simply vodka and Kahlúa coffee liqueur — was created in 1949 in Brussels by bartender Gustave Tops, in honour of the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg 

There are several versions of the classic: a splash of cream makes it a White Russiana cola top-up makes it a Dirty Black Russian. If you’d like to stick to the original, grab an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes, shake vodka and Kahlúa and there you have it. 

Hotel Metropole, birthplace of the Black Russian, is the last original 19th-century hotel still operating in Brussels. Take a seat in the striking Belle Époque-inspired Le 31 bar, order a Black Russian and feel like royalty. 

Imitate James Bond with a Vesper at Dukes Bar, London

Vesper Martini

Free your inner James Bond while sipping this unique version of a Martini, invented by Bond creator Ian Fleming. This powerful creation made with three shots of gin, one shot of vodka and half a shot of  Lillet Blanc (previously known as Kina Lillet) made its first appearance in 1953 on the pages of the first 007 novelCasino Royale 

No one can forget Daniel Craig ordering a Vesper Martini in the 2006 hit of the same nameduring what must be the world’s most highvalue poker hand: “Three measures of gin, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, then add a thin slice of lemon peel.” Be sure to thank James for the perfect recipe.

Rumours say that London’s best Martini bar is Dukes Bar, dubbed by the New York Times ‘one of the world’s best bars and known as the inspiration behind James Bond’s signature MartiniRumours also say that its Martini is so strong you can order a maximum of two per person. Consider that a challenge. 

Enjoy sunshine and Margaritas at Villa María, Mexico City

Margarita

No one can agree on who invented this delicious tequilabased cocktail, but it’s generally accepted that it originated in Mexico. There are some colourful stories behind its origins; our favourite goes that a bar owner from Tijuana rustled it up to please a customer who only drank tequila but was over shots. We thank them both for their fine contribution. 

What do you need to make a good Margarita? Good tequila, some Cointreau or triple sec, and fresh lime juice. Youll also need a chilled cocktail glassrimmed in salt.

Travelling to Mexico City? Visit Villa María for a good Mexican feed, accompanied by a few of their famed super-sized Margaritasavailable in an array of flavours.

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