Next time you’re in a bar, drinking an exotically named cocktail, ask your bartender about its history. Although it might seem like some drinks have fancy names just for the sake of sales, many of them go way back, and were created by people in distant places. Actually, taking a look at a drink menu could give you some ideas about your next travel destination. And in any case, drinking a famous cocktail at the bar or hotel were it was prepared for the first time makes for some interesting travel stories! So here are 10 drinks named after travel destinations.
1. Long Island Iced Tea
If you’ve never heard of this drink, it might sound like a cooling beverage just perfect for a summer day, and while it is cold, it’s also very strong. It is a highball made with, among other ingredients, vodka, gin, tequila, and rum.
2. Alabama Slammer
The Alabama Slammer might be a good stage name for a wrestler, but even for a drink it sounds pretty dangerous. It is sweet, but don’t let yourself fooled, it packs quite a hit. It contains Amaretto, Southern Comfort, Sloe Gin, and orange juice.
3. Florida Tracksuit
The Florida Tracksuit is a pretty new cocktail, and it is probably one of the sleaziest sounding drinks you can get. It was invented in Ottawa, but the taste will remind you of Florida for sure: Cointreau, Campari, Bourbon, Applejack and lemon juice.
4. Missouri Mule
The Missouri Mule was created in honor of Harry Truman, and the name is a reference to Truman’s party affiliation. It contains Vodka, Cranberry juice, a lime wedge and ice.
5. Singapore Sling
This was invented at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore at the beginning of the 1900s, and it is hugely popular all over the world. Contains gin, cherry liqueur, cointreau, Dom Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice and grenadine juice.
6. Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii is the holiday drink par excellence, and you can find it in probably every single pub in Hawaii, served in carved pineapples if you’re lucky. It has vodka, blue curacao and pineapple juice.
7. Harlem Nights
Harlem Nights was invented circa 1939 in a New York bar, Lenox Lounge, where Billie Holliday, John Coltrane and Miles Davis played. Contains: tequila, coconut rum, coffee liqueur, pineapple juice and peach schnapps.
8. Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is very similar to pina colada, in that it contains rum and pineapple juice, but it lacks the coconut cream. The name is rather ironic, seeing as Staten Island is as far from a tropical island as you can get.
9. Colorado Bulldog
The Colorado Bulldog is probably not the most enticing cocktail you’ll find, but if you’re in Colorado, it’s worth trying. It contains kahlua, vodka, milk and Coca-Cola.
10. Tennessee Cowboy
The Tennessee Cowboy is a drink made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey, hence the name of the cocktail. It also contains red bull and a dash of lemonade or soda.