At midnight on December 31, revellers around the world will raise a glass to ring in a new year — but what will be in that glass will vary widely. To help you celebrate, we've put together a list of five cocktails from around the world to try this New Year's Eve, plus guides on how to make them. Thanks to the Drake One Fifty in Toronto for the video recipes and we wish you all way better travel adventures in the coming year!
A close cousin to the Old Fashioned, this enduring cocktail is a bold, aromatic choice for those hoping to have a livelier and more adventurous travel year. It originally hails from Louisiana and was crowned as the official cocktail of New Orleans in 2008. Hear, hear!
Country of origin: The United States of America
What you'll need: Cognac, Peychaud's bitters, absinthe, Angostura bitters, sugar, ice
Try it for yourself in: United States
2. Tom Collins
Hoping to keep this travel year simple but refreshing? Look to this cocktail for inspiration as it's perfect for warm days and doesn't need fancy equipment or ingredients. It's a classic and completely rejuvenates your spirits in just one sip.
Country of origin: England
What you'll need: Gin, lemon juice, sugar, carbonated water, ice
Try it for yourself in: England
To be truly authentic when ordering this cocktail, try dropping the second T in its name. When making it yourself, it's important to remember that Canadian rye whisky is a must. Toast with a Toronto and you're sure to have a friendlier and more polite travel year!
Country of origin: Either Canada or England, but named after the Canadian city
What you'll need: Canadian whiskey, sugar, Fernet Branca, Angostura bitters
Try it for yourself in: Canada
Have your heart set on Italy on nothing but Italy this year? Sounds perfectly reasonable as it's the birthplace of many tasty treats. By demanding something stronger than his usual, Count Camillo Negroni inspired one of the most popular cocktails of all time. We hope your travel year includes plenty of aperitivo time in your Italian city of choice!
Country of origin: Italy
What you'll need: Campari, gin, vermouth
Try it for yourself in: Italy
5. Pisco sour
Whether you hope to hike the Inca Trail or just chill at a thatch-covered Amazon lodge this year, you'll enjoy the tart and frothy freshness of a pisco sour. The star of this cocktail is the country's famed grape-distilled spirit that dates back to the 16th century. The sour itself was crafted by an American bartender, Victor Vaughen Morris, at his bar in Lima in 1916.
Country of origin: Peru
What you'll need: Pisco, egg white, lemon juice, simple syrup
Try it for yourself in: Peru