Celebrate World Cocktail Day With Recipes From Around the Globe
Celebrate World Cocktail Day with some of our favourite sippers from around the globe. Photo: Rawpixel / GettyImages
From Canada to Champagne to the Caribbean, we’re going around the world in five cocktails. Just in time, as May 13 is World Cocktail Day. And many of us are waiting patiently for when we can safely fly again.
And although we’re not travelling quite yet, these libations will be sure to help fuel your wanderlust plans. Mix one up, sit back and dream about where you want to go next. Italy? Ciao! France? Mais oui! We’ve got inspiring recipes for both — and beyond.
Italy: Aperol Spritz
In many parts of Italy, particularly the north, you’ll see locals head out to bars for “Apero Hour.” It’s that time between after work and before dinner, a happy hour of sorts for a light drink and nibbles, such as antipasto and charcuterie. This fruity and refreshing favourite is made with prosecco, Aperol Aperitivo, a bitter liquor created in Padua, not far from Venice, and a splash of soda. Just like they do in Italy. Happy hour, indeed.
3 oz prosecco
2 oz Aperol
1 oz soda
Orange slice garnish
Fill a white wine glass with ice. Pour 3 oz of prosecco followed by 2 oz of Aperol. Add 1 oz splash of soda. Stir to combine and garnish with an orange slice.
Jamaica: The Estate Daiquiri
This is a nod to the real Daiquiri, which many believe has its origins in neighbouring Cuba. Historians say that the drink dates back to the 1800s. This version highlights Appleton Estate 8-Year-Old Reserve’s smooth versatility.
1.5 oz Appleton 8-Year-Old Reserve Jamaica Rum
1 oz fresh lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
Orange peel garnish
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled coupette glass.
Mexico: The Espaloma
All things tequila originate in Mexico, specifically in the state of Jalisco, where the blue agave from which tequila is made, grows. This recipe is a nod to the popular Paloma, made with Espolòn Tequila. If you enjoy a fresh citrus taste, this highball is perfect for summer sipping.
2oz Espolòn Tequila
0.5oz lime juice
4 oz grapefruit soda
Combine and stir in a highball glass with ice and a salted rim. Garnish with lime. Enjoy!
France: Grand 75
We like this fresh twist on the classic French 75, where instead of gin, Grand Marnier and its slight bitter orange flavours play with Champagne.
1.5oz Grand Marnier
0.5oz fresh lemon juice
1. Pour Grand Marnier followed by lemon juice into a Champagne flute
2. Top with chilled Champagne
3. Gentle stir to combine
4. Garnish with lemon zest
Canada: Forager & Tonic
For the mixologist or whisky enthusiast looking to craft an elevated G and T cocktail, try this refreshing take on the traditional gin and tonic. It uses Canada’s first botanical-infused whisky, made in Niagara by Forty Creek Distillery. All the botanicals are wild and sourced from across our country, and include juniper berries (like gin), as well as spruce tips, mugwort, Labrador tea and sweet fern, giving it a versatility closer to gin.
1oz The Forager Botanical Whisky
Build in a tall glass, over ice and garnish with a slice of lemon