Travel insights from Jenna Buege, associate editor of The Compass

6 Delightful Cocktails Across the Americas

Whether it’s thirsty Thursday, turn up Tuesday or a weekend away, there’s always a good excuse to grab a refreshing drink and party like its five o’clock somewhere. And what better way to explore a new destination than with a few sips of an iconic regional cocktail? Get ready for some fun as we sample these delightful cocktails across the Americas.

1. Sip a Pisco Sour in Peru –

Only one drink is as iconically Peruvian as the llamas of Machu Picchu and the fresh ceviche served across the land, that’s right, we’re talking about the pisco sour. Tangy and sweet, the pisco sour has a uniquely frothy texture and a sneakily high alcohol content. Although its flavor is complex, pisco sours are easy to make as they require only four ingredients: pisco (a type of brandy), sugar syrup, lime juice and egg whites. Throw the mix in with some blended ice and voila!

2. Guzzle a Michelada in Mexico -

Mexico is the master of beer cocktails and its famously tasty michelada is the proof. Something of a Mexican bloody Mary, the beverage consists of beer, lime, tomato juice, Maggi seasoning, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. An explosion of flavor, a good michelada wouldn’t be complete with a dusting of salt and chili powder around the rim of the glass.

3. Tipple a Mint Julep in the United States –

A drink most heavily associated with the Kentucky Derby, the mint julep has muddled its way into the hearts of many. A simple combination of bourbon, simple syrup, mint leaves and crushed ice, this cocktail is the perfect sipping drink for sizzling derby days.

4. Sip a Whiskey Sour in the United States –

Whiskey sour fans can release a sigh of relief as they won’t be contracting scurvy anytime soon. Yep, that’s right; a variation of this famed beverage was originally crafted to help sailors combat sickness and malnutrition including the big bad scurvy. So raise a glass with your crew and enjoy this tasty combo of whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup and a cherry or lemon slice to garnish.

5. Quaff a Pink Goose in Canada –

The perfect cocktail for your next summer bash, Canada’s pink goose is a scrumptious spiked punch made with vodka, lemonade, cranberry juice, pink lemon juice, ginger ale, ice cubes and a frozen cranberry or pink lemon slice for garnish. But beware, a few of these bad boys will have you feeling as loose as a Canadian goose.

6. Swill a Caipirinha in Brazil –

A combination of cachaca, lime or lemon, sugar and crushed ice, the caipirinha pairs perfectly with the Brazilian heat. Dating back to the early 20th century, potent variations of the beverage containing garlic and honey were once used to help cure the Spanish Flu epidemic and are still used today to treat the common cold.

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