5 Unforgettable Internationally Inspired Cocktails

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Cocktail parties are a glamorous past time that can quickly become boring after being handed yet another apple martini. It seems like the same safe bets are repeatedly served at every party. Mixed drinks are a great way to get creative and impress your guests, but why not add some international flavor? Tell your guests to pack their passports, we have the top 5 internationally inspired cocktails you’re sure to love.

Sake Sangria (Spain/Japan)

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Spanish Sangria is given a Japanese twist with the addition of traditional sake. The cocktail can be used to make Red or White Sake Sangria and is the perfect blend of fresh fruit and bold flavor.

To Make this Cocktail You Will Need:

-3 ounces of sake

-12 ounces of Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot

– 2 ounces hibiscus Syrup

-3 ounces pomegranate juice

-4 ounces of pineapple juice

-2 ounces of fresh mango.

Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and let it refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Pour over ice and add in a few slices of freshly cut pineapple and oranges.

 

Caipirinha (Brazil)

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Caipirinha (Photo: liquor.com)

Don’t worry, this exotic beverage is easier to make than it is to pronounce. This Brazilian national cocktail is primarily made with a hard liquor called Cachaça, which is made from sugarcane.  If you find it difficult to find Cachaca you can always substitute a good Puerto Rican rum.

To Make this Cocktail You Will Need:

– ½ a Lime, juiced

– 1 teaspoon white Sugar

– 3 ounces Cachaca (or Puerto Rican Rum)

Combine sugar, lime juice, and Cachaca (you can also add in some of the rind of the lime for extra flavor. Mix well and pour over ice.

 

Paloma (Mexico)

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La Paloma (Photo: Eatdrinkrun.com)

You are going to want to find your nearest Mexican market to pick up some authentic grapefruit soda for this one. Paloma is a simple and refreshing tequila-based recipe that only uses a few ingredients. This recipe is perfect for warm outdoor parties.

To Make This Cocktail You Will Need:

–       2 ounces Mexican Grapefruit Soda (such as Jarritos, Fresca, or Squirt)

–       ½ a Lime, juiced

–       1 teaspoon sugar

–       2 ounces Tequila

Mix together Tequila, lime juice and sugar and top off the mix with grapefruit soda. Add ice and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

 

French 75 (France)

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French 75 (Photo: beautifulbooze.com)

Oh, la, la. This fabulous cocktail originated in Paris and dates back to 1915. The drink was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shot by a French 75 mm field gun, hence giving it its name The French 75. Save this one for your most Gatsby-inspired cocktail parties.

To Make This Cocktail You Will Need:

–       1 lemon, juiced

–       2 ounces of gin

–       ½ an ounce of Simple Syrup

–       2 ounces of champagne.

Combine lemon juice, simple syrup, gin and ice in a shaker and shake for about 20 seconds. Strain the drink into a champagne flute and top it off with champagne. Garnish with one maraschino cherry.

 

Kalimotxo (Spain)

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Kalimotxo (Photo: Cosmopolitan.com)

This drink was made in a time of limited resource, hence the very few ingredients. In fact, this drink only has two ingredients, and both can be found at your local convenience store. Kalimotxo is the perfect drink to make in large batches and is perfectly refreshing for summer BBQ’s.

To Make This Cocktail You Will Need:

–       4 ounces of coca-cola

–       4 ounces of cheap red wine

–       That’s it!

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add the red wine and top off with coca cola. Add a lemon wedge to Garnish.

Try out these recipes and pair them with international specialties like paella, tamales, or sushi! The combinations are endless, just be sure to pick a theme and stick to it. Add in a few DIY touches and you will have an unforgettable, exotic evening, without ever having to book a ticket.