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Going on imaginary trip by tasting signature cocktails

Pina Colada is Puerto Rico's signature cocktail made with rum, coconut milk and pineapple. Courtesy of Booking.com
Pina Colada is Puerto Rico's signature cocktail made with rum, coconut milk and pineapple. Courtesy of Booking.com

By Jun Ji-hye

While it is still difficult to travel overseas physically, travel lovers may be able to go on an imaginary trip by tasting iconic signature cocktails from around the world ― from the famous kick of rum and coconut in the Pina Colada of Puerto Rico to the pink-hued Singapore Sling.

Here are six cocktails picked by Booking.com, among some of the world's most famous signature cocktails, and their origins, for people who are longing for overseas travel once it becomes safe to travel again.

The Pina Colada ― Puerto Rico

San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, boasts contrasting settings, from the enchanting Isla Verde resort strip, to cobblestoned Old San Juan, full of Spanish colonial buildings.

Tourists are invited to sample the country's signature cocktail, the Pina Colada, to cool down with this sweet drink, made with rum, coconut milk and pineapple.

The La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort, just a short walk away from the sandy beach of Condado, offers an unforgettable stay, with its an outdoor infinity pool.

Guests will be able to enjoy a sweet and relaxing time if they have a Pina Colada or another refreshing cocktail from the poolside bar in the hot tub.

The Dark 'n' Stormy ― Bermuda

The Dark 'n' Stormy is the signature cocktail of Bermuda, which boasts powder-soft and pink-hued sands, as well as clean sea water.

This cocktail is a mixture of dark rum and ginger beer, served over ice and garnished with a slice of lime.

Tourists can enjoy hidden adventures on the island of Bermuda in great diving spots, by exploring Cooper's Island Nature Reserve or visiting the wonders of Crystal Cave and Fantasy Cave.

The luxurious Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, a Fairmont managed hotel is perfectly situated overlooking the beautiful Hamilton Harbor, with views of floating sun-loungers and four first-class dining restaurants.

Guests can find an array of shopping, dining and entertainment options at the heart of the Hamilton.

The Negroni ― Italy

Two man drink Negronis, the signature cocktail of Italy. Courtesy of Booking.com
Two man drink Negronis, the signature cocktail of Italy. Courtesy of Booking.com

Italy's signature cocktail, the Negroni, is made from gin, red vermouth and Campari, garnished with orange peel.

Florence, which is known as the birthplace of the Negroni, is famous for the stunning Duomo, its amazing buildings and its historic center.

The Negroni was first mixed in Florence in 1919 at the Cafe Casoni, by Count Camillo Negroni, who ordered the bartender to strengthen his drink. After the success of the cocktail, the Negroni family founded the Negroni Distillery in Treviso.

Marignolle Relais & Charme ― Residenza d'Epoca, a charming country house located within a short drive from the historic center of Florence, offers an outdoor swimming pool overlooking verdant, rolling hillsides and picturesque rooms.

The Black Russian ― Belgium

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is a firm favorite among travelers looking for a city break, while Antwerp, the country's diamond and fashion capital, along with the romantic fairytale town of Bruges, have also been popular destinations.

Travelers to Belgium must try the country's signature cocktail, the Black Russian, invented by a Belgian barman in 1949, with a mixture of vodka and coffee liqueur.

Travelers should also check out the stylish Harmon House, which is full of modern touches and boasts a spa and wellness center, as well as a bar and terrace.

Popular tourist attractions, such as the Horta Museum and Egmont Palace, are found nearby.

The Singapore Sling ― Singapore

Glasses of the Singapore Sling are on a bar in Singapore. Courtesy of Booking.com
Glasses of the Singapore Sling are on a bar in Singapore. Courtesy of Booking.com

Travelers to Singapore should make sure they sample the Singapore Sling, the gin-based cocktail containing Cointreau, grenadine, lime, pineapple juice and cherry brandy, that gives it a famous pink hue.

The Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel is rumored to be where the first Singapore Sling was mixed in 1915, as an alternative to straight gin for ladies.

Housed in a beautifully restored colonial building, the iconic Raffles Hotel provides a relaxing getaway in the heart of the city. This luxurious hotel also boasts an array of fine-dining options.

Tourists are invited to try the legendary Singapore Sling at the hotel's Long Bar.

Other facilities include an extensive outdoor pool with a bar, perfect for sipping a Singapore Sling on a hot Singapore day.

The IdH Punch ― South Korea

Although South Korea is home to many traditional liquors, such as soju and makgeolli, from the Korean perspective, it is certainly not easy to pick just one cocktail to represent the entire country.

The IdH Punch is a unique cocktail made from traditional Korean liquor. This cocktail is made by mixing Korean pear juice, fresh lemon and fragrant basil with Leegangju, one of the great liquors of the Joseon Dynasty period (1392-1910). The liquor itself is made of pear and ginger, so it is in excellent harmony with the cocktail ingredients.

Located near Hongik University in Seoul, RYSE, Autograph Collection Marriott is a boutique hotel, which is perfect for people looking for unique and hip accommodations.

The Side Note Club, a rooftop bar located on the 15th floor, is a place where people can take a sip of this cocktail, created by the professional bartenders of Le Chamber.

Jun Ji-hye jjh@koreatimes.co.kr

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