We all have those moments where we wish we could book our plane tickets, pack a bag, and take off on that destination vacation. But what happens when you’re craving that trip and can’t take off on a travel adventure? You have to bring the destination to you!
One of the essential aspects of traveling to a new place is the food and drink of that area. People travel to Mexico and look forward to fantastic tequila and margaritas. Or when they think of traveling to Germany, delicious German beer is often considered.
We’ll show you how you can bring your destination of choice home with these seven travel-themed cocktails! So put the suitcases up, and let’s take a trip home with these tasty staycation drinks.
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Tips for making cocktails and finding more you love
If you want that authentic touch to your drinks, the best way to do this is to use alcohols that were sourced from your destination spot of choice. This may not necessarily make a difference in all of the drinks, but it will affect some.
Doing a bit of background research before diving into cocktail making can give you a better idea of how to make the cocktail but also helps you learn about other drinks you can enjoy from this destination.
Taking a trip with ready-to-drink cocktails
While making your cocktails is a great way to bring traveling home, it’s not always the easiest method. Another excellent way to enjoy some of these cocktails at home is with ready-to-drink cocktails. You won’t need to go through the trouble of acquiring that particular alcohol from your chosen destination.
For example, if you’re desperately craving that delicious margarita from Mexico, try a ready-to-drink quality margarita and save yourself the time to make these cocktails. Then, you’ll need ice, a lime, and some salt to add to the rim, and then you’ll have your travel cocktail waiting.
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Barbadian Rum Punch
This cocktail comes from Carlisle Bay, Barbados, and is a perfect way to bring a piece of Barbados home. Even if you’ve never been, this is a great way to try a famous cocktail from here. This cocktail is your quick trip to the Caribbean in a glass.
1-ounce coconut water
2-ounces lime juice
2-ounces aged rum
1-ounce simple syrup
Six divided dashes of aromatic bitters
Grated lime peel and nutmeg for garnish
- Combine the lime juice, syrup, rum, and coconut water, and then add three dashes of aromatic bitters to a shaker.
- Shake the ingredients to mix, and then use a strainer as you pour into a glass with crushed ice.
- Top with nutmeg and the other three bitters.
- Add your lime peel for garnish.
This cocktail comes from Impanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bring Impanema beach to your kitchen with this tasty cocktail. This light and refreshing drink will quickly become a favorite.
One lime, cut into wedges
1 tsp of fine white sugar
- Combine all the ingredients in a glass.
- Muddle the ingredients together.
- Top with crushed ice and serve.
This cocktail will take you to the beautiful Mexican beaches of Playa de Carmen, Mexico, within the first sip. You can even customize this cocktail into becoming a Spicy Paloma! But today, we’ll look at an excellent recipe to start with if you’re new to Mexican Palomas.
1-ounce fresh lime juice
One pinch of salt
Grapefruit soda, to top off the drink
2-ounces Blanco tequila
One lime wheel (optional)
- Combine the lime juice, tequila, and salt into a shaker with ice.
- Shake until the drink is chilled.
- Strain into a glass with ice.
- Finish off by topping the drink with grapefruit soda.
- Garnish the drink with the lime wheel and serve.
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When most people think of Portofino, Italy, they immediately begin picturing the delicious food and beautiful architecture. But we can’t forget the tasty drinks Italy has to offer. The Aperol Spritz is a beautiful way to take home the taste of Italy by turning it into a cocktail.
Club soda to top off the drink
Green olive or orange wedge for garnish (optional)
- Pour the Aperol and Prosecco into a wine glass filled with ice.
- Top with the club soda.
- Stir gently.
- Add the garnish to your drink and serve.
The Mediterranean Sparkling Sprig
With this wonderful cocktail, we’re taking a trip to Santorini, Greece. This frequently-visited beautiful island offers a lot when it comes to cocktails. An excellent Greek cocktail to make at home is the Mediterranean Sparkling Sprig which offers cool crisp flavors that even the Greek summer heat couldn’t warm up.
Three mint sprigs
One ¾-ounce triple sec
One ¾-ounce lemon juice
Prosecco to top off the drink
- Add triple sec, lime juice, vodka, and mint sprigs to a mixing glass.
- Muddle the ingredients together.
- Add ice to the glass.
- Stir to mix.
- Strain into two glasses.
- Top of the drink with Prosecco and serve.
Take a trip to Saint-Tropez, France, with this cocktail. This cocktail has a vast history tied to it and offers you that taste of France without having to leave your living room.
½-ounce crème de cassis
5-ounces champagne or another sparkling wine
Lemon twist for garnish
- Add the crème de cassis to a flute glass
- Top this off with champagne
- Add garnish and serve
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The Rum Runner
This French Polynesian cocktail will have you wishing you were back in Bora Bora, as that’s where this drink originates. Many ingredients from this cocktail are inspired by the naturally grown ones on the island of Bora Bora.
1-ounce dark rum
1-ounce banana liqueur
1-ounce dark rum
1-ounce blackberry liqueur
1-ounce fresh orange juice
1-ounce pineapple juice
Splash of Grenadine
orange slices and cocktail cherries for garnish
- Combine all ingredients (except the garnish!) in a shaker with ice.
- Shake the ingredients until the drink is cooled.
- Strain the cocktail into a glass with fresh ice.
- Add your garnish and serve.