Celebrate World Cocktail Day and Discover Signature Cocktails from Around the World
Celebrate World Cocktail Day on May 13th 2021 by discovering iconic signature cocktails from around the world that are waiting to be enjoyed once it is safe to travel again. From the famous kick of rum and coconut in the Piña Colada of Puerto Rico to the pink-hued Singapore Sling, there are cocktails out there to tickle everyone’s taste buds. With its mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, we have hand-picked some of the world’s tastiest cocktails and their idyllic origins for travelers to look forward to trying, when the time is right.
The Dark ‘n’ Stormy – Bermuda
Dreaming of powder-soft and pink-hued sands, cerulean waters and a laid back island lifestyle? Then look no further than the secret hideaway of Bermuda and sample the island’s signature cocktail The Dark ‘N’ Stormy. This cocktail is mixed with dark rum, ginger beer and served over ice and garnished with a slice of lime, although no true Bermudian would ever add lime juice to their Dark ‘n’ Stormy! Discover hidden adventures in the island of Bermuda from out of this world diving spots, to exploring Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve to the wonders of the Crystal Cave and Fantasy Cave.
Where to stay: The luxurious Hamilton Princess & Beach Club A Fairmont Managed Hotel is perfectly situated overlooking the beautiful Hamilton Harbour with views of floating sun loungers and four first-class dining restaurants. Guests can take a short, sunny stroll to the heart of Hamilton where they can find an array of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Ideal for searching for your favourite bar serving the famed Dark ‘N’ Stormy cocktail. Or opt for the island’s signature drink at the hotel’s Crown & Anchor Bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant or outside on the terrace.
Piña Colada - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Travelers to San Juan will love the contrasting settings, from the enchanting Isla Verde strip to the cobblestoned Old San Juan, full of Spanish colonial buildings. Sample the country’s signature cocktail Piña Colada and cool down with this sweet drink made with rum, coconut milk and pineapple.
Where to stay: Settle in for an unforgettable stay at the chic 21st century La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort, just a short walk away from the gorgeous sandy beach of Condado and boasting an outdoor infinity pool. Enjoy a Piña Colada or another refreshing cocktail of your choice from the poolside bar in the hot-tub or relaxing on your lounge bed at the sundeck.
Negroni – Florence, Italy
Italy’s signature cocktail, the Negroni, is made from gin, vermouth rosso, Campari and garnished with an orange peel. Best known for the stunning Duomo, Florence is full of amazing buildings and its historic centre. Legend has it that the first Negroni was mixed in Florence, Italy in 1919 at the Cafe Casoni by Count Camillo Negroni who ordered the bartender to strengthen his drink. After the success of the cocktail, the Negroni family founded the Negroni Distillery in Treviso.
Where to stay: The charming country house of Marignolle Relais & Charme - Residenza d'Epoca offers an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the luscious rolling hillsides, picturesque rooms and a short drive from the historic centre of Florence. Wake up to daily fresh breakfasts in the sunny gazebo by the swimming pool surrounded by deck chairs and parasols.
Black Russian - Brussels, Belgium
From the high fashion scene of Antwerp to the romantic fairy-tale-like town of Bruges and the delightful capital of Brussels, there really is something for all types of travelers in Belgium. Oozing charm and culture, Brussels is a firm favourite amongst travelers looking for a city break, with 29 %* of travelers planning to take a city trip for the 12 months after travel restrictions are lifted. Travelers to Belgium must also try the country’s signature cocktail, the Black Russian. Invented by a Belgian barman in 1949, with a mixture of vodka and coffee liqueur, this refreshing drink packs a punch.
Where to stay: The stylish and characterful Harmon House is full of modern touches and boasts a spa and wellness center as well as an inviting bar and terrace. Popular tourist attractions such as the Horta Museum and Egmont Palace are found nearby, the perfect base to discover the city’s finest sites.
Singapore Sling - Bukit Batok, Singapore
When visiting Singapore, travelers can soak up the natural beauty and be in awe of the country’s alternating worlds - from ancient temples, to the rows of skyscrapers, luxury penthouses to jungle tree-houses. Make sure you sample the nation’s claim to mixology fame – the Singapore Sling. This gin-based cocktail contains Cointreau, Dom Benedictine, Grenadine, lime, pineapple juice and cherry brandy; which gives it the famous pink hue. Sip this impressive cocktail at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, which is rumoured to be where the first Singapore Sling was mixed in 1915, as an alternative to straight gin for ladies.
Where to stay: Housed in a beautifully restored colonial building, the iconic Raffles Hotel provides a relaxing getaway in the heart of the city. This luxurious hotel boasts an array of fine-dining options, with an impressive fourteen restaurants and even a shopping arcade. Sample a fusion of cuisines at the Raffles hotel from French, Western, Asian and Chinese and try the legendary Singapore Sling at the hotel’s Long Bar. Other facilities include an extensive outdoor pool with a bar, perfect for sipping a Singapore Sling on a hot Singapore day.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults who have traveled for business or leisure in the past 12 months, and must be planning to travel in the next 12 months (if/once travel restrictions are lifted). In total 20,934 respondents across 28 countries and territories were polled (including from 999 USA, 496 from Canada, 497 from Mexico, 997 from Colombia, 999 from Brazil, 499 from Argentina, 995 from Australia, 499 from New Zealand, 999 from Spain, 996 from Italy, 996 from France, 999 from UK, 996 from Germany, 498 from Netherlands, 499 from Denmark, 499 from Sweden, 498 from Croatia, 1001 from Russia, 498 from Israel, 997 from India, 994 from China, 499 from Hong Kong, 497 from Thailand, 496 from Singapore, 499 from Taiwan, 997 from South Korea, 500 from Vietnam and 995 from Japan). Respondents completed an online survey in July 2020.