The exact origin of the first mix of drinks is truly impossible to trace. Every country, every culture created its own specialty not only in cuisine but for drinks too. It would be tough to fit 80 cocktails from the world on this page but the spirit is here. Just discover what others drink.

From the Medieval Age in Europe, people tried to create cocktails without really calling them so. They were mixing sugar, spices or herbs to their wine or even beer. The Caribbean pirates added macerated herbs like mint to rum – their version of what we know today as a Mojito. English sailors took advices from the Native Americans to concoct the ‘punch’. The British Marine prepared Gin Fizz and Gin Tonic in the 1750s. However, the contemporary cocktails appeared and garnered popularity later, around 1830, the origins of which have been traced by many to the creations of Jerry Thomas in the USA. Specifically to Thomas’ two concoctions: the Blue Blazer and the Tom & Jerry. rnational Fair in Paris.

So let’s start our world tour from North America, since that’s where the linkages of the origins of the cocktail fever seem to lead us. Some cocktails barely need any introduction, and are recognized as international cocktails, but their origins are traced to North America: Manhattan, Cosmopolitan, Dry Martini, and Bloody Mary. Other slightly less known are from the category of the milk based cocktails which was a relatively new trend. These include cocktails like the Wild Honey, or the Grasshopper which is cream based.

Moving northward, Canada doesn’t fall far behind. The True North Martini is famous in the Great White North with its mix of maple wine, chocolate liqueur, amaretto, candied apple balls and plump Nova Scotia blueberries.

Heading down south to the South American countries, we expect to find cocktails with rum, tequila or cachaça (sugarcane rum). Margarita and Mojito are the two first to come in mind. The national alcohol of Mexico, tequila, is the base of many cocktails there. Shake together some tequila, triple sec, lime juice and caster sugar and you’ll get a Mexican margarita. Further south, two countries are fighting over the origin of Pisco, a strong alcohol made of grapes. Whether it’s a Chilean or Peruvian one, you can create wonderful cocktails such as the Piscola (simply mixed with Cola) or the Pisco Sour (more complex – with eggs, ice, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice). In the heat of Brazil, try cocktails based on cachaça such as the national cocktail: Caipirinha, a mix of cachaça, sugar and lime. Other cachaça-based cocktails include the Batida, the Rabo-de-galo or the Quentão. The Daiquiri is the Cuban equivalent of Caipirinha but with typical Cuban rum.

After a long day’s flight from Rio de Janeiro to Johannesburg, it’s time to refresh yourself with the special South African cocktails: the Springbok and the Amarula Sunset. Both made from a mix of Amarula– a creamy liquor of the Amarula fruit–and other ingredients, crème de menthe for the first one and strawberries for the second. Head north to Liberia and try the Ginger or Pineapple beer, traditional beers made of mixed ingredients and served for every great occasion. In Kenya, you will be served the African Dawa, a Caipirinha revisited that has to be stirred with a special wooden stick, a Dawa stick.

Crossing the Mediterranean Sea and all the European classics are there: the Sangria of Spain, Kir of France, etc. But you can also try the refreshing Scandinavian Glogg or Swedish Snowball in the freezing northern Europe. Moving on to Russia you can try any vodka based cocktails like the White, Black, or even Red Russian. Finally, once you land on the vibrant Indian soil, enjoy the beaches of South India sipping a Madras – mix of vodka, cranberry and orange juice with secret Indian spices, or try a Jasmine cocktail which is supposed to relieve depression.

The only tough part of such a world tour would be the errand of writing a postcard to your loved ones at each stop in an attempt to capture every variant of the local cocktails. A word of caution, keep your itinerary flexible as the tour is bound to be extended considering the notorious after effects of all these concoctions and the resulting incidents. !