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How to Make the Most Popular Cocktails Around the World

Are you looking for a way to impress your guests this summer without leaving the comfort of your home? Say hello to cocktails around the world!

Transform your living room into a modern lounge and take your taste buds on an adventure with exotic drinks from the South Pacific, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Europe. The possibilities are endless, from classic flavors like the Bramble to new creations like the Painkiller.

Whether winding down after a long day or celebrating a special occasion, bring the bar to you and wow your friends and family with a global selection of cocktails. So grab your shaker, and let’s get mixing!

Painkiller Run Cocktail

The Painkiller originated at the Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke, BVI, White Bay. This rum cocktail is one of the most famous drinks in the Virgin Islands, both USVI and BVI.

  • 2 ounces of Pusser’s Rum (To be faithful to the Caribbean flavors, use Pusser’s Rum or Cruzan Rum)
  • 4 ounces of Pineapple Juice
  • 1 ounce of Cream of Coconut
  • 1 ounce of Orange Juice
  1. Mix all the above ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake.
  3. Pour over a cocktail glass with ice.
  4. Sprinkle ground Nutmeg (or grated fresh Nutmeg) on top.
  5. Garnish with a slice of fresh Pineapple.
  6. Cheers!

Lime in da Coconut Cocktail

This refreshing cocktail can be found throughout the Virgin Islands. It is a favorite concoction that is light and tasty on a hot day.

  • 3 ounces of Cruzan Coconut flavored Rum
  • 1 ounce of Cruzan Dark Rum
  • 2 ounces of Lime Juice, fresh is best
  • ½ lime with its rind
  • 4 ounces of Cream of Coconut
  • 4 ounces of ice cubes
  • Splash of Soda
  • Lime slice for garnish
  1. Place the rum, lime juice, cream of coconut, and ice in a blender.
  2. Blend until the ice is blended/crushed.
  3. Garnish with a slice of lime, and enjoy this refreshing cocktail!

Bushwacker Cocktail

This tasty coffee-blended drink was invented in 1975 in St. Thomas, USVI. It has become a favorite drink of tropical beach resorts. People often refer to it as tasting like a milkshake with alcohol. People often say that a Bushwacker is a milkshake with alcohol.

  • 1 ounce of Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 ounce of Cruzan Coconut Rum
  • 1 ounce of Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 ounce of Cruzan Dark Rum
  • 1 ounce of Cruzan Light Rum
  • 2 ounces of Cream of Coconut
  • Ground Nutmeg or shaved chocolate
  • 4 ounces of ice
  1. Fill the Blender with ice. Pour the coffee liqueur, coconut rum, Irish cream liqueur, dark rum, light rum, and the cream of coconut.
  2. Blend until creamy like a milkshake.
  3. Garnish with ground nutmeg, and enjoy this creamy cocktail!

Monkeypod Kitchen Mai Tai

Monkeypod’s Mai Tai is well known. I think it’s one of the best Mai Tais on Maui. This recipe is complicated but worth it! You will need a NO2 infuser for the honey lilikoi foam, which makes this recipe unique.

  • 1 ounce Light Rum
  • 1 ounce Dark Rum
  • .5 ounce macadamia nut orgeat **
  • .5 ounce orange curacao
  • .75 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Honey Lilikoi Foam *
  • Pineapple garnish
  1. Add lime juice, orgeat**, curacao, and light rum to a mixing glass. Shake with a half cup of ice until well blended.
  2. Pour into a highball glass.
  3. Float dark rum
  4. Top with the Honey Lilikoi Foam * and a slice of pineapple

Honey Lilikoi Foam*

  • 1 ounce lilikoi puree
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1.5 ounces of water
  • .5 ounce honey

Mix foam ingredients and add to a NO2 infuser at half capacity. Use four charges. If you don’t have a NO2 infuser, you can blend the ingredients quickly until foam is created.

Macadamia Nut Orgeat**

  • 2 cups of macadamia nuts
  • 1.5 cups of raw sugar
  • 1.25 cups of water
  • .5 ounces orange flower water

Finely grind the macadamia nuts in a food processor. In a saucepan, combine water and sugar, then bring to a boil. Stir frequently, making sure that the sugar dissolves. Simmer for 3-4 minutes on reduced heat. Add macadamia nuts and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and let sit for 8 hours. In a small jar, strain the mixture and store it in the refrigerator until used.

Check out our posts on Ultimate Maui Travel Itinerary for 5 Days and Maximize Your Maui Trip with These Travel Plans. Make sure to do at least one meal at MonkeyPod!

Pimm’s Cup

Brits have enjoyed Pimm’s Cup for over a century. It was created in the 1880s by an Oyster Bar owner named James Pimm. Originally believed to aid digestion, this refreshing drink has become a favorite at Wimbledon (and other English summer sporting events) and is considered a classic British cocktail.

So, what’s in a Pimm’s cocktail, you ask? Well, it starts with a herb and gin-based premade cocktail. And to make it even more delightful, ginger ale, lemon juice, and a bunch of fruit are added. The result? A truly refreshing and tasty drink.

But here’s a caution: Pimm’s can be pretty sneaky. It goes down quickly, and with all the fruit floating around, it’s easy to forget that there’s alcohol involved! So, sip responsibly.

If you’re planning a summer gathering, consider serving Pimm’s in a pitcher, just like Sangria. It’s a fantastic choice for a refreshing group cocktail that will surely be a hit with your friends and family. It’s the perfect way to cool down and relax on a warm summer day. Cheers!

  • 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
  • 1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Top with Ginger Ale *
  • Garnish with cucumber, mint sprig, strawberries, lemon, and orange slices.
  1. Pour Pimm’s No. 1 and lemon juice over ice in a highball glass.
  2. Add ginger ale to the top and stir it.
  3. Garnish with fruits

*Ginger Ale can be substituted with Lemon Lime Soda or Ginger Beer if that is what you have on hand.

Classic Gin and Tonic

Did you know that the famous Gin and Tonic cocktail was created in the 19th Century as a way to fight against malaria? It’s true! Nowadays, this classic drink has become a go-to choice for summer sipping.

When you order one in London, you’ll typically be handed a glass with ice and gin, and then you can add as much tonic as you prefer. It’s perfect for enjoying a refreshing after-dinner drink or sipping with friends on a warm evening. And to truly enhance the flavor, opt for a high-quality gin like Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire. Cheers to a timeless cocktail!

  • 2 ounces of Gin
  • 4 ounces of Tonic
  1. Fill a highball glass with Gin
  2. Top with Tonic and stir gently
  3. Garnish with lime slice

From the amber plains of America to the cobblestone streets of Europe, there are countless drinks from around the world to explore and enjoy. Whether you prefer a classic Martini or something more exotic, cocktails can be an adventurous way to learn traditional customs and flavors unique to each nation.

Ready to try something new? There’s no better way to foster a connection with different parts of the globe than through cocktails!

If you’re looking for a particular drink recipe and don’t know where to start, don’t hesitate to reach out – email me at becky @ cultivatetraveling dot com, and I will happily point you in the right direction. Until then, as always, cherish every moment and keep on cultivating your travel adventure. Cheers!

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