Just because you weren't able to book that international vacation doesn't mean you can't get a taste of Caribbean resort life. With a little imagination (and a few extra sips), these seven international cocktails are your ticket to traveling the world, all from the comfort of your living room.
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And, hey, as long as your Planter's Punch has a tacky umbrella, your Instagram followers won't even be able to tell you haven't left your apartment.
① Cuba: El Presidente
There's nothing wrong with downing a mojito like every other Havana-obsessed American, but this underrated mix of rum, vermouth and orange curaçao, created as a nod to Cuban history, deserves your cocktail shaker's attention.
② England: Pimm's Cup
Stroll into any pub in the UK, and you'll see a bottle citrusy Pimm's No. 1 liqueur, waiting to be stirred into this refreshing, bubbly blend of ginger ale, fresh-cut fruit and mint.
③ France: Kir Royale
This sophisticated aperitif, made with Champagne and crème de cassis (black currant liqueur), is a regal spin on the classic Kir, normally made with Burgundian white wine.
④ Italy: Negroni
Something about drinking this complex Campari, gin and sweet vermouth tipple seems to always make you feel just as cool as its Florentine creator, Count Negroni, who first stirred up the drink in the 1920s.
⑤ Jamaica: Planter's Punch
True, the paper umbrella-adorned cocktail we all know is a lot flashier than the original of the late 1800s (basically rum spiked with lime juice), but today's fruity blend of dark rum, OJ, pineapple juice and grenadine has become synonymous with the Caribbean islands.
⑥ Peru: Pisco Sour
Said to be invented by an American expat named Victor Morris, this combination of lime, egg white and, of course, pisco (a type of South American brandy) has become the signature drink of this Latin American country.
⑦ Singapore: Singapore Sling
The city-state's national drink was invented at the illustrious Raffles Hotel in the 1880s as a way for women to get away with imbibing what appeared to be a harmless fruit juice. It also happens to be perfect for battling Southeast Asia's—or your top-floor apartment's—sweltering humidity.
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