Looking to add something other than “rum + coke” or “gin + tonic” to your mixing repertoire? Consider these exotic international cocktails the next time you head overseas or visit a liquor store.
- Dragon’s Fire (Hong Kong)
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Originally from Dragon-i in Hong Kong, this tiny cocktail will slap you with sharp citrus notes.
- 45ml mandarin vodka (e.g. Absolut)
- 30ml Cointreau
- 30ml cranberry juice
- dash of lime juice
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice.
Shake and strain twice into an iced cocktail glass (martini glass or similar).
Garnish with orange zest.
- Fromme Helene (Austria)
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With only two ingredients, this creamy, sweet cocktail is about as simple as they come.
- 20ml Advocaat*
- 30ml Maraschino liqueur
Pour ingredients into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice, stir and serve with a straw.
*Advocaat is a liqueur made from egg yolks, cream, sugar/honey and aromatic spirits, with a brandy base and hints of vanilla.
- Tu Meke Tikik (New Zealand)
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This delicious tropical cocktail is perfect for sipping in summer.
- 30ml Ti-Toki*
- 30ml spiced rum (e.g. Bacardi Oak Heart)
- Fresh lime
Build in tall glass over crushed ice with equal amounts of grapefruit and cranberry juice.
Garnish with pineapple wedges and a flower.
*Ti-toki is a versatile liqueur with a distinctive bottle—a handmade ceramic crock in the shape of a Tekoteko (Maori tribal ancestor). Ti-toki liqueur is available at Aelia duty free stores in New Zealand.
- Thai Martini (Thailand)
This fragrant, refreshing cocktail will immediately transport you to a beach in southern Thailand.
- 150ml Kaffir Lime vodka (e.g. Hangar One)
- 120ml chilled lemongrass tea
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 small chunk of fresh ginger, peeled
- 2 sprigs of fresh lemon grass
- 2 small, thinly sliced pieces of fresh ginger
Pour all of the liquid ingredients into a shaker 3/4 full of cracked ice.
Shake for one minute, then let stand for one minute.
Rub the chunk of ginger around the inside of two frozen cocktail glasses.
Strain the liquid into the glasses and garnish with lemongrass and thinly sliced ginger.
- Athenia (Greece)
This aromatic cocktail combines grape brandy with citrus and champagne. Delicious.
- 20ml 5-star Metaxa*
- 20ml Cointreau
- 2 cans of orange juice
- Chilled champagne
Shake the Metaxa, Cointreau and orange juice with ice.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with champagne.
Garnish with an Aztec berry and a slice of starfruit.
*Metaxa is a Greek distilled and aged spirit made from sun-dried grapes, aged Muscat wine, and various spices.
Disclaimer: Cocktails might not turn out the way you want them to and you might just end up chugging down the discount wine & champagne you picked up from Duty Free that one time.