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For over a century, cocktails have been gracing our palettes. From exotic and sweet to warm and spicy, the diversity is loved by all. There are few things more relaxing than sipping on a delicious cocktail in the sunshine, and in honour of World Cocktail Day, we've compiled a list of our top ten favourite cocktails from around the world:

 

Aperol Spritz

Starting with the most sought after cocktail of recent years. This summer staple hails from Italy and is the older and cooler brother of the white wine spritzer. It contains Aperol spirit, soda water and Prosecco. It's set to be a huge favourite this summer!

 

Caesar

This is a Canadian classic and is usually preferred over the more well-known Bloody Mary. It's safe to say that the Caesar offers a very different taste experience in comparison to most. To make your own, all you need is vodka, clamato juice (clam juice), tabasco and Worcester sauce.

Caipirinha

The national cocktail of Brazil, the caipirinha is amazingly refreshing and worthy of being enjoyed somewhere warm and full of sunshine. A relatively simple recipe - all that's needed are limes (a lot), brown sugar and some Cachaça.

Cosmopolitan

Originating from Northern America, the cosmo's exact place of birth is constantly disputed. However, we've decided to go with New York in order to reference Sex and the City. What would be better than sipping a cosmo like Carrie Fisher in NYC? For your own slice of life in the Big Apple just mix vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime.

 

Jungle Bird

Only a few decades old, this rum-based cocktail packs a serious punch. Created in a bar in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, this drink is elegant and classy with a hint of fruity summer thrown in there for good measure. To make your own you'll need dark rum, Campari, lime, sugar syrup and pineapple juice.

Mojito

Synonymous with summer, this delightful cocktail is a genuine worldwide favourite. Originating in the sunny country of Cuba, this drink can be made in many different ways, with many different ingredients. The original recipe is simply white rum, mint leaves, sugar, lime and soda water.

 

Paloma

The Paloma is a tequila-based cocktail with roots from the birthplace of tequila - Mexico. All you need to make this very modest drink is tequila, grapefruit soda and a sunny day on a beach (optional).

Piña colada

Think of pineapple, coconut and a tiny little umbrella. The Piña colada is a sweet cocktail created in Puerto Rico, so it's no surprise that this drink is full of tropical flavours. To bring a little more sunshine to your life just mix pineapple juice, coconut cream and white rum.

Pisco Sour

For all those who don't enjoy poultry products, look away now. The epitome of Peruvian cuisine, this simple cocktail hailed from Lima in the 1920s and has been a favourite ever since. Bring Peru to you and mix Pisco, simple sugar, egg white and lemon juice.

Singapore Sling

This cocktail has been in our hearts since the beginning of the 20th century. Originally created in a hotel in Singapore before venturing over to Western countries to become a firm favourite in many bars. For your own Asian inspiration, mix gin, cherry liquor, Cointreau, Bénédictine, grenadine, pineapple juice, lime and bitters.

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