Before I left somebody I worked with gave me a card. The card instructed me to spend its contents on “ridiculous drinks in far out places”, or words to that effect. This was a challenge I was more than happy to rise to. I plan to buy as many different drinks along the trip as I can.
I thought long and hard before I bought a drink with these funds. But eventually I did.
Number 1: Arak Paradise
Ingredients: Arak, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine syrup
Location: Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
In most Asian countries and regions there is usually a locally brewed spirit. We were first introduced to Arak in Kadidiri. It is a clear Palm Wine, quite sweet, and roughly about 20%. On discovering a bar in Kuta that made Arak cocktails (as apposed to just having it with Sprite) I decided it was worthy of being the first drink on my sponsored worldwide bar crawl.
Number 2: Singapore Sling
(likely) Ingredients: gin, cherry brandy, pineapple juice, lime juice, triple sec, grenadine syrup
Location, Siem Reap, Cambodia
After returning to my favourite country and spending two days exploring its temples and giving blood at the local children en’s hospital I treated myself to this South-East Asian classic in our hotel’s rooftop bar at sunset.
Number 3: Pisco Sour
Ingredients: Pisco, egg white, lemon juice, syrup and bitters
Location: Paddy’s, Cuzco, Peru
After four days of trekking, seeing Inca ruins and eventually reaching Machu Picchu we were pretty exhausted. The perfect time to sample my first Pisco sour, the Peruvian specialty. Pisco is a white-grape brandy and rather tasty.
Number 4: Caipirinha (“country bumpkin”)
Ingredients: cachaça (Brazilian rum), sugar and lime
Location: Niteroi near to Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Obviously I had to include Brazil’s national drink in here somewhere, “unfortunately” we kept being given them for free!! So whilst out with new friends I indulged 🙂
Number 5: Coco Loco
Ingredients: coconut with rum
Location: Playa Blanca, Colombia
It had been a while, so for mine and Liam’s penultimate night together I tested out this beach speciality, which from what I could gather was rum poured into a coconut, it tasted good anyway!