[no_toc] globetotting partner post
Every country around the world has a national or favourite dish – in Argentina you have to try asado, you can’t leave Hong Kong without tasting dim sum and fish and chips on the beach in England is a must. I’m a firm believer that you only truly get to know a place by sampling its local dishes.
The same can be said of national drinks. Sipping the local tipple is a great way to better understand a place and its people. In the past I’ve tasted (and hated) ouzo on a teenage getaway to Greece, tried (far too many) rum cocktails at a beach bar in Boracay in The Philippines and attempted, unsuccessfully to acquire a taste for baijiu in China.
These days my tastes are a little more refined and given that I travel primarily with my entourage of children, my days of hopping from one bar to another are long gone. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t indulge in a drink or two when I travel. It’s just that these days it’s quality over quantity. That’s why I was pleased to partner with Travel Republic and share their guide to the Ultimate Holiday Cocktails. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t like a mixed drink? Whether it’s shaken or stirred, made with two ingredients or 12, nothing quite says holiday like an expertly mixed drink. Especially if it comes with a tiny umbrella.
Plus, there’s something just very fun about ordering a Manhattan in Manhattan or pulling up a bar stool at Harry’s Bar in Venice simply because that’s where the Bellini was first created. Recent years have seen a revival of cocktail culture with old classic making a comeback and new favourites topping menus. I even visited a Tiki cocktail bar recently where they served drinks in a mini barbecue! Here then, is a guide to the best holiday cocktails.