Classic Cocktails That Changed When They Crossed Borders

Chances are good that your go-to cocktail most likely appears in Spirited: Cocktails From Around the World. The book provides recipes for 610 drinks, ranging from age-old to brand-new, simple to elaborate.

Stillman’s book doesn’t stint on the classics, though. She profiles all the drinks you can recall in a panic when your mind goes blank in front of the bartender (think the gin and tonic, Old Fashioned, and margarita), and Spirited also documents how these classics have been adapted in bars around the world.

Trends and drinks all tend to flow over borders, and this process can transform cocktails as bartenders reach for local ingredients. Here are five examples from Spirited of international variations of classic cocktailsmany of which have the chance to become classics themselves.


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