Celebrate World Cocktail Day by mixing up one of these travel-inspired drinks.

By Elizabeth Rhodes
May 12, 2020
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This May 13, celebrate World Cocktail Day by mixing up some drinks inspired by your favorite destinations. You can travel to the Italian coast with a delicious Aperol Spritz, or add a splash of rum to a classic Disney drink for an adult version of a popular theme park treat. Don’t have the ingredients on hand? Don't worry, as alcohol delivery services like Saucey can have your booze of choice (and mixers) at your door in under an hour.

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Classic Cocktails From Around the World

Piña Colada

Piña coladas are the quintessential beach cocktail, so people missing the sand and surf will want to mix this drink for World Cocktail Day. Invented by the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico, this piña colada recipe combines rum, heavy cream, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and ice in a blender to create the ultimate summer beverage.

Aperol Spritz 

The Aperol Spritz is a classic Italian cocktail that’s perfect for sipping on a warm summer day. To make this drink, you’ll need ice, chilled prosecco, Aperol, soda, and an orange slice. In a glass filled with ice, add the prosecco and then the Aperol in equal parts, topping with a splash of soda and garnishing with an orange slice. While you’re at it, why not mix up some homemade limoncello — this recipe will transport you straight to the Amalfi Coast.

Mojito

A classic Cuban cocktail, a mojito is made by muddling rum, sugar, mint, and lime together and topping with soda water. Once you’ve finished that, we’ve rounded up nine other signature cocktails from around the globe that you can make at home.

Globally-inspired Cocktails to Try

Singapura Nacional

For a fresh take on the classic Singapore Sling, try the Singapura Nacional from the Manhattan bar in Singapore — ranked as one of the best watering holes in Asia. Simply combine 45 ml. of gin, 15 ml. of apricot brandy, 10 ml. of lemon juice, 10 ml. of spiced syrup, 30 ml. of pineapple juice, two dashes of Peychaud's bitters, and one dash of grapefruit bitters for a result that’s spiced and sweet. You can find the full recipe on Manhattan’s Instagram.

Cathay Delight

The Cathay Delight is the signature drink of Cathay Pacific, and while you might not be jetting off to Hong Kong today, you can make this light and refreshing concoction at home to remind you of past travels (or future trips). Blend ½ cup of whole milk, 1 ⅓ tablespoons of coconut milk, 1 cup of kiwi juice, mint leaves, and ice, then garnish with mint. You can enjoy this recipe on its own as a mocktail, or add the alcohol of your choice for a grown-up twist of the fruity beverage.

Emirates’ Champagne Cocktail

Imagine you’re getting a drink aboard one of Emirates’ planes with their take on a traditional Champagne cocktail. Combine sugar, bitters, Hennessy Cognac, and Veuve Clicquot Champagne for a delicious treat. You can find the full instructions (as well as recipes for other cocktails) on the Emirates website.

Theme Park-inspired Cocktails 

Tipsy Butterbeer

Give your favorite theme park drink the adult treatment with a splash of liquor. For a Harry Potter-inspired cocktail, you can add a dash of spiced rum to our Butterbeer recipe.

Boozy Dole Whip

To turn the classic pineapple soft serve into a boozy treat, add a little white or dark rum (or for an extra-tropical twist, coconut rum) to our Disney Dole Whip recipe. You can actually find a Dole Whip served with dark or coconut rum at Tamu Tamu Refreshments at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.