You MUST Try Our Favorite International Cocktails!

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Bahama Mama is a memorable taste of the islands: Combine 1 oz rum with 1/4 oz coffee liqueur, 1/2 oz coconut liqueur, 4 oz pineapple juice, juice of 1/2 lemon. Shake with ice, pour into a glass filled with ice, and garnish with a strawberry or cherry.
Becherovka is a spiced apertif from the Czech Republic that includes anise and cinnamon: Drink it chilled or on the rocks (but go easy, as it's nearly 80 proof), or mix with fruit juice or soda.
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Borovnice is blueberry schnapps, popular in Slovenia. Like all schnapps, it's best shaken with ice, strained, and sipped straight without a mixer.
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Campari lets you bring a little dolce vita home from Italy! The bittersweet apertif is refreshing with a little soda water and ice, and is also the basis of more complex cocktails that can include gin (the Negroni family of drinks) and fruit juices.
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Strongbow hard cider hails from Hereford, UK, according to a century-old recipe, but you're likely to find the crisp, refreshing apple-based brew just about anywhere Brits gather to hoist a glass!
The Lychee Bellini, also known as the Beijing Bellini, adds a staple of east Asian cooking (in place of traditional peach schnapps) to the classic Italian cocktail concept: Put 6 pureed lychee nuts in the bottom of a champagne flute and pour chilled prosecco, stirring gently.
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Michelada is a favorite beer-based cocktail in Mexico: Rub a lime wedge along the rim of a glass, then dip the rim in salt and chili powder. Squeeze the juice of four lime wedges into the glass, add ice, and slowly pour in a chilled bottle of beer. Add a drop of hot sauce and a drop of Worcestershire sauce.
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The original Pina Colada recipe, invented in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1954: Pour 2 oz white run, 1 oz coconut cream, 1 oz heavy cream, and 6 oz pineapple juice in a blender. Add 1/2 cup crushed ice and blend for about 15 seconds, until smooth. Garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and a cherry.
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Yes, the Sangria is Spain somehow tastes better, right? But the traditional recipe is easy to bring home: Cut up an orange, a lime, an apple, and some grapes (about 1 cup) and mix them with a bottle of dry red wine and about 1/4 cup brandy. Refrigerate overnight, then serve mixed with 4 cups of soda water or lemon-lime soda and ice. It'll serve 8 responsible drinkers.
Tequila, made from blue agave, is a complex, satisfying liquor from Mexico, where it's often enjoyed straight up with a slice of lime on the side. Mixed with 1/2 oz lime juice 1 oz orange liqueur, and ice, 1.5 oz of tequila becomes Margarita. Eagles fans combine 1.5 oz tequila with 3/4 cup orange juice and 1.5 oz grenadine for a Tequila Sunrise.
If your idea of a "cocktail" is opening up a cold bottle and pouring it into a glass, Warsteiner, one of Germany's most popular beers, is for you. Its crisp, refreshing flavor has made it a favorite of beer lovers since the 18th century.

Each of these tasty libations comes with a cool travel back-story—and an easy recipe you can try at home!

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