Airplane tickets aren’t cheap. If you’re craving a change from Boston, consider a local drink with international flavor. Here are some cocktails whose histories are rooted all over the world, from Italy to Burma.
Pictured: Margarita at Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar in Boston.
Aperol Spritz at Coppa
Country of Origin: Italy
Ingredients: Aperol, prosecco, and soda
Tastes like: Coppa’s Aperol Spritz is refreshing, not overly sweet, with a slightly bitter, citrusy flavor.
Fun fact: Aperol, an orange liqueur in the family of Italian bitters (called amari), has only recently become available in the United States. In Italy, Aperol Spritzes are often enjoyed over the late-afternoon aperitivo break.
Find it at: Coppa
235 Shawmut Ave.
Rasberry Mojito at Masa
Country of Origin: Cuba
Ingredients:raspberry puree with fresh raspberries , simple syrup, bacardi rum, muddled mint and lime
Tastes like: Masa makes both original and raspberry mojitos ($10). Though you can’t go wrong with the standard recipe, the raspberry version is a particularly delicious treat. It’s both sweet and sour—best avoided by those who enjoy a more subtle flavor.
Fun fact: The mojito is a spruced up version of a drink called the Draque, or “Drake,” named after Sir Francis Drake. Drake was a pirate-turned-explorer who led an expedition around the coast of South America for Queen Elizabeth I. A mixture of raw, unaged rum, sugar, lime, and mint, the Drake was popular among the Cuban working class, according to Esquire.com.
Find it at: Masa
439 Tremont St.
Caipirinha at the West Side Lounge
Country of Origin: Brazil
Ingredients: Leblon Brazilian cachaça (similar to rum, but made with actual cane juice rather than molasses), muddled lime, and sugar
Tastes like: Though the drink is sometimes served very sweet, the sugary taste is relatively subtle in this restaurant’s version. It has a somewhat sour flavor, and the taste of the cachaça is noticeable.
Fun fact:According to Food and Wine Magazine, high-end cachaças were for decades almost nonexistent in Brazil itself. Cachaça was “the 50-cent shot in the corner bar after a long day’s work.” Today, cachaça is the world’s third-largest-production spirit.
Find it at: The West Side Lounge
1680 Massachusetts Ave.
Pimm’s cup at Eastern Standard Kitchen
Country of origin: England
Ingredients: The gin-based aperitif Pimm’s No. 1, housemade lemonade, sprite, slice of cucumber
Tastes like: It’s light, refreshing, and just the right amount of sweet. Of all the drink’s tested, ESK’s Pimm’s Cup ($10) was the obvious favorite.
Fun fact: Bon Appetit says that this British drink was originally dubbed as a digestion aid. It was created in 1840 by London oyster bar owner James Pimm, who offered guests a gin-based beverage in small tankards known as “No. 1 Cups.” Today, the cocktail is sipped courtside at Wimbledon games and enjoyed as a refreshing summer drink.
Find it at: Eastern Standard Kitchen
528 Commonwealth Ave.
Kir Royale at Petit Robert Bistro
Country of origin: France
Ingredients: champagne, Crème de Cassis (a blackcurrent liqueur)
Tastes like: The Kir Royale ($13) at Petit Robert Bistro has a subtle blackcurrant flavor that isn’t overly sweet. The acidic flavor of the chamagne complements the cassis.
Fun fact: The Kir Royale is a variation of the Kir, a wine cocktail which hails from the French town of Dijon, in the region of Burgundy. The Telegraph reports that it is named after the priest Canon Félix Kir, a hero of the French Resistance during WWII and the Mayor of Dijon from 1945 to 1968. In support of the region’s local products, Kir created the drink by mixing the local white wine made from the Aligoté grape with the local blackcurrant liqueur ‘Crème de Cassis.’
Find it at: Petit Robert Bistro
Multiple Boston locations
Brokem Heart Margarita at Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
Country of origin: Mexico
Ingredients: gran centenario rosangel, combier, st. germain, grapes, and raspberries
Taste’s like: Margaritas are a specialty at Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar in Back Bay. The restaurant serves eight variations of the Mexican drink, by the glass or the pitcher. We ordered the ‘Broken Heart’ ($14) and were pleasantly surprised. The combination of flavors make for a richly tart, and fruity drink, made even more enjoyable by its beautiful presentation.
Fun fact: Though the margarita is thought to have been introduced in the early to mid 20th century, the invention of the frozen margarita did not occur until the 1970s. According to an article by CBS News, an intrepid bartender converted a soft-serve ice cream machine into a margarita mixer to create the frozen fad we enjoy today.
Find it at:Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
271 Dartmouth St.
Rose Petal Saketini at Red Lantern
Country of origin:Japan
Ingredients: Sake, Grey Goose, St. Germain, and rose water
Tastes like:An imporant component of Japanese cuisine, sake has become a populary used cocktail ingredient. Red Lantern in Back Bay offers a variety of sake-based cocktails. We ordered the Rose Petal Saketini ($13), which has a very unique, floral flavor.
Fun Fact:Sake first appeared in written history in a book from the year 713 AD, according to The Telergraph. Ordering sake in a restaurant, you may be asked whether you’d like it hot or cold, but sake can actually be categorized in four different groups, each with its own best temperature.
Find it at:Red Lantern
39 Stanhope St.
Burmese Pegu Club Cocktail at Stoddard’s
Ingredients: Beefeater gin, ginger simple syrup, lime, mint, ginger beer
Tastes like:The Pegu Club Cocktail at Stoddard’s ($10) is surprisingly tart and citrusy, but very refreshing.
Fun Fact: The “resident cocktail historians” at Esquire Magazine date this drink back to the British occupation of Burma at the beginning of the 20th century. British vacationers and residents of the country, now called Myanmar, frequented an outpost known as Rangoon’s Pegu Club, whose house cocktail became so frequently ordered that it spread beyond the club, becoming popular back in Britain, and, eventually, around the world.
Find it at:Stoddard’s Fine Food and Ale
48 Temple Place
Pisco Sour at Drink
Country of origin: Peru
Ingredients: fresh lemn juice , homemade simple syrup, pisco , egg white
Tastes like:Drink in Boston’s Seaport District doesn’t offer a drink list ; the experienced mixologists will tailor a cocktail to your mood or craft a cocktail that you request. To ask for their Pegu Club cocktail ($12.50) would be a good choice, though—the drink is just the right combination of sweet and tart to order several in a row.
Fun fact: According to Josh Childs of Straight Up, an expatriate named Victor Vaughn Morris invented the drink in his bar in Lima sometime before 1920, using Pisco, sugar, and lime juice. Several years later, a man named Mario Bruiget, working in Morris’s Bar, perfected the recipe by adding egg white and bitters.
Find it at: Drink
348 Congress St.
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