The popularity of craft cocktails is on the rise in the U.S., with mixologists re-imagining classic cocktails with fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. But many of these drinks are also finding new inspiration from far-flung destinations—from “traditional” drinks made with sake or soju to spirits that pay homage to Europe’s past, international influences are popping up in cocktails all over.
Here, our favorite globally inspired sips making a mark on American drink menus:
Making a comeback as a classic cocktail, the Negroni traces back to Count Camillo Negroni. Negroni was a Florentine aristocrat who asked for gin in his Americano along with the standard sweet vermouth and Campari.
The national drink of Brazil, the caipirinha is traditionally made with Cachaça, a sugarcane-based rum widely produced in Brazil. Here in the U.S., you’ll find caipirinhas made with Cachaça or rum and muddled with lime and sugar.
Steadily gaining popularity in the U.S., soju is a clear, slightly sweet Korean spirit traditionally made of rice. Typically consumed on its own, soju can also be combined with beer to create a “somaek” or blended with fruits and juices for a type of punch.
Beer cocktails are expected to be widely trending this year, but the concept is old news in Spain. There, order a “clara”: beer (usually a house draft) mixed with lemon soda.