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Published on 9th May, 2024.

World Cocktail Day

Monday 13th May

World Cocktail Day is celebrated annually on May 13th. It’s a day dedicated to honouring the art and enjoyment of cocktails worldwide. The origins of World Cocktail Day can be traced back to May 13, 1806, when the first known definition of the word “cocktail” was describing a cocktail as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.” Since then, cocktails have evolved into a diverse array of creative and complex drinks, each with its own unique ingredients, flavours, and cultural significance.

World Cocktail Brazil – Caipirinha


5 limes

2 tbsp sugar

90ml Cachaça


Juice 1.5 limes and set aside. Cut the other lime into 8 pieces. Add the sugar and lime pieces to a large glass and muddle until you’ve juiced all the little pieces and they’re nicely combined. Add lime juice and cachaça to muddled limes and stir gently until sugar is dissolved. Pour over ice.

World Cocktail Peru – Chilcano


120ml ginger ale

60ml Pisco

1 tbsp lime juice

2 dashes Angostura Bitters


Juice approximately half a lime. Fill a highball glass with ice. Add ginger ale, pisco, and lime juice. Stir. Add 2 dashes of bitters, lightly stir, then garnish with a lime slice.

World Cocktail Mexico – Paloma


60ml Tequila

60ml fresh grapefruit juice, plus wedges for garnish

60ml sparkling water

15ml lime juice

10ml agave nectar or simple syrup, or to taste

Coarse sea salt, for the rim of the glasses


Salt the rim of the glass by rubbing a grapefruit wedge around the edge, then dip into a plate of salt. Pour all ingredients into a glass and stir. Fill glass with ice and garnish with grapefruit wedge.

World Cocktail UK – Pimm’s Cup


250ml Pimm’s No.1

500ml lemonade

½ orange, cut into chunks

5 strawberries, cut into chunks

4-inch piece of cucumber, cut into chunks

Small bunch fresh mint, torn


Add 10 ice cubes to large pitcher. Add all ingredients into pitcher and stir gently.

World Cocktail Poland – Szarlotka


60ml Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka

120ml apple juice

Dash of ground cinnamon


Mix the vodka with the apple juice. Have all your ingredients ice-cold. Transfer to a serving glass and sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon on top. Serve with ice.

World Cocktail Thailand – Siam Sunray


30ml Vodka

30ml Coconut Liqueur

15ml simple syrup

1 small Thai chilli pepper

3 slices young ginger

1 kaffir lime leaf

3 slivers lemon grass

3 drops lime juice

Soda water


Crush chilli pepper, ginger, kaffir lime leaf and lemon grass together in a shaker to bring out the aroma and flavour. Add syrup, lime juice, coconut liqueur, and vodka. Shake well. Strain into a glass wit ice. Top with soda, garnish with chilli, lemon grass and a lime slice.

World Cocktail Singapore – Singapore Sling


30ml Gin

15ml Cherry Brandy Liqueur

10ml D.O.M Bénédictine

10ml Cointreau

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

100ml pineapple juice

15ml lime juice

10ml Grenadine

Soda water, to top

Pineapple and cherry, to garnish


Pour the gin, cherry brandy, Bénédictine, Cointreau, Angostura Bitters, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine into a cocktail shaker. Shake well to combine. Drop 4 ice cubes into a tall Collins glass. Pour the mixed cocktail over the ice cubes in the Collins glass. Fill the glass to the top with soda water. Garnish the drink with fruit.

World Cocktail Japan – Ginza Mary


60ml Vodka

45ml Sake

60ml tomato juice

15ml lemon juice

3-5 dashes Tabasco sauce

2 dashes soy sauce

Dash ground pepper


Combine all ingredients except pepper in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Pour into a chilled Old-Fashioned glass. Grind pepper on top.


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