Drinks of Origin

Drinks of Origin

Cocktails that will give you a taste of your travels.

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Every country has a notable cocktail they call their own, and when you’re visiting those places, a little local mixology is always in order. But here’s the bonus: When you come home that same delicious cocktail you had on holiday can go a long way toward recapturing your amazing vacation experience. Thirsty yet?

VIRGIN ISLANDS: BUSHWHACKER

Created in 1975 on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, this cocktail has the distinction of being named after a dog called–you guessed it–Bushwhack. It includes vodka, Kahlua, Dark Crème de Cacao, Coco Lopez (cream of coconut), a splash of triple sec and milk. Get creative and add your favorite fruit.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: MAMAJUANA

Said to be a flu remedy, digestion and circulation aid, kidney and liver tonic and, yes, an aphrodisiac. All you have to do is take rum, red wine and honey and soak it in a bottle with herbs and tree bark. It’s a unique process, but it’s worth it.

FRANCE: THE FRENCH 75

Ever had a drink named after a piece of artillery? Enjoy a French 75 and that’s exactly what you’re doing. Originating in the late 1800s, the French 75 came to be considered one of the first modern pieces of artillery. Comprised of cognac, syrup, lemon juice and wine, this drink packs its own delicious wallop.

MEXICO: THE PALOMA

The Margarita gets all the love, but it’s the Paloma that’s considered Mexico’s signature cocktail. A mix of Squirt, tequila and lime juice, the Paloma holds its own. And the name translates to “dove” from Spanish – a symbol of peace, perfect for a relaxing sunset cocktail.

JAMAICA: THE HUMMINGBIRD

Jamaica’s eclectic mix of mountains and sea, culture and cuisine is perfectly mirrored in their equally eclectic signature drink, The Hummingbird. It’s a singularly unique concoction, with coffee-flavored liqueur, rum cream liqueur, milk, strawberry flavored syrup and half of a banana. It’s like a smoothie, vacation style.