Travel may still be limited, but that doesn’t mean your palette needs to be stuck at home. Travel around the world in cocktails!

France

La Française | Zinqué

La Française

La Française

The vodka-based cocktail at French-influenced cafe, bistro, and wine bar, Zinqué, achieves its sunny yellow color with exotic passion fruit which acts as the primary flavor with its sweet, slightly tart taste. The French-inspired cocktail is balanced with fragrant St. Germain liqueur which is made from elderflower, a small, white starry flower that blooms through the spring in France. Agave slightly adds sweetness and lime adds a citrus touch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. of Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. of St Germain Liquor
  • 1/2 oz. of Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. of Agave Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. of Passion Fruit

Preparation: Combine all ingredients, shake, pour over ice and add flower garnish.


Italy

The Italiano | The Sicilian Butcher

The Italiano

The Italiano

The Sicilian Butcher’s bourbon concoction is a literal smoke show where the mixologists play with fire, bourbon whiskey, amaro, amaretto syrup and a dash of orange bitters. The smokiness and charred notes are developed with a handheld blowtorch and white oak plank. The cocktail glass tightly seals the smokey flavor and warm aroma atop the white oak plank to complete the multi-sensory experience and capture the same notes in the bourbon utilized in the libation: caramel, black pepper and vanilla.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Ten High Bourbon
  • 1/4 oz Averna Amaro
  • 1/4 oz Amaretto Syrup
  • 3 dashes Orange Bitters

Preparation: Using a blowtorch, ignite a spot on the white oak board. Place a rocks glass over the spot to smoke the inside of the glass. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and add ice. Stir for approximately 20 seconds until the drink is chilled. Place a single large cube into the now smoked glass, apply firm pressure with an ice stamp until the logo is stamped, and strain the drink over the cube. No garnish.


Mexico

CRU Paloma | CRUjiente Tacos

CRU Paloma

CRU Paloma

Photo by Debby Wolvos

Move over margarita, the Paloma is the true national aperitif of Mexico and CRUjiente Tacos’ award-winning beverage program replaces traditional tequila with a mezcal version made with fresh squeezed grapefruit, house hopped honey, pamplemousse and Del Amigo Mezcal. Oaxaca in Mexico is the mezcal capital where most of the best mezcal of the world is distilled.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Mezcal
  • 1 oz. Grapefruit
  • 3/4 oz. Lime
  • 1/2 oz. Aperol
  • 1/2 oz. Honey Simple Syrup

Preparation: Shake and pour, add a dash of Angostura bitters and top with soda/grapefruit soda.


Arizona

Scottsdale Sunset | Blue Clover Distillery

Scottsdale Sunset

Scottsdale Sunset

Arizona is known for its heat, cacti, and unparalleled sunsets and Scottsdale’s first micro distillery has a Scottsdale-inspired craft cocktail that uses small batch, gluten-free vodka. Blue Clover Distillery uses its own Blue Clover grapefruit-infused vodka and mixes it with Aperol, lemon juice, lavender bitters and Prosecco then garnishes with an Arizona-grown blood orange wheel.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Blue Clover Grapefruit Vodka
  • 3/4 oz. Aperol
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 dashes lavender bitters
  • 3/4 oz. Prosecco

Preparation: Shake and strain into a chilled coupe. Top off chilled coupe with prosecco. Garnish with a blood orange wheel.