Take a trip around the world with a sip from your cocktail glass.
Almost every country in the world has a cocktail that makes the most of its natural gifts and gives you a taste of the essence of the place you’re sipping it in. If the locals are drinking it, it’s a good bet for you to try, too – and the taste of an artfully-constructed cocktail laced with local ingredients can instantly take you back to the city you experienced it in. Think of it as a really cost-effective holiday, without the visa paperwork or the multi-hour flight. And if anyone deserves a drink, it’s Mom!
Meet the Michelada
When you think ‘Mexico’, Margarita is most likely the first drink you’ll think of – but the locals tend to prefer the Michelada. Something like a Bloody Mary – they’re often served with brunch and also touted as a hangover cure. It’s light, refreshing and utterly more-ish thanks to switching out vodka for light local beer.
Dawa for the Pain
If you’re looking for a cure for wanderlust blues, make yourself a Dawa, which literally means ‘medicine’ in Swahili. The iconic Kenyan cocktail is a refreshing mixture of vodka, fresh lime juice, and honey – inspired by Brazil’s Caipirinha, but without the headache-inducing Cachaça rum.
Mythical Mai Tai
Many cocktails have murky origins, with multiple cocktail bars often laying claim to being their original home – and the Mai Tai is no different. The most authentic claim to the original Mai Tai belongs to Victor Bergeron, who is said to have invented the drink at his restaurant, ‘Trader Vic’s’ in California in 1944. The name is believed to have its origins in the Tahitian word maita’i – meaning ‘good’. There are loads of variations, but the classice is made with pineapple juice, orange juice, orange curacao, orgeat and rum.
The Mojito’s origins aren’t particularly glamorous – but then some of the world’s best food and drinks were born from necessity. While it’s associated with famous fans like Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez and Ernest Hemingway, the Mojito was born when Havana locals sought to tone down the potency of local rum by adding lime, sugarcane juice and mint.
Slamming Singapore Sling
The Singapore Sling has one of the clearer cocktail back-stories – it was invented in 1915 at The Long Bar of the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon as a way to ‘allow’ ladies the opportunity to consume alcohol – something which wasn’t culturally accepted at the time. To give the appearance that they were drinking a glass of juice – and masking the presence of gin – Tong Boon created the colourful Singapore sling.
Life Grand Cafe’s own cocktail list is home to some of these worldly cocktails – and they’ve also pitched in some amazing prizes and opportunities for spoiling Mom this Mother’s Day in our www.mothers-day.co.za competition. Enter now and stand the chance to claim your share of R200 000 in prizes.