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We all know how important food is to travel, but what about the drinks! These are many of the best international drink recipes from around the world that you can recreate at home. International cocktails, tea and coffee and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages to bring those travel vibes into your home!
Delicious Around The World Drink Recipes
We always talk about the best foods from around the world, but what about the best drinks from around the world?
Just as dessert is an essential part of our international cooking experience, so are the drinks we serve with them.
Whether we are making international cocktails for the adults. Or a non-alcoholic beverage for the whole family, these signature drink recipes from around the world are sure to have you thirsty!
Some of Our Favourite International Drink Memories
Staying at all-inclusive resorts and getting cocktails and freshly squeezed juice delivered, without getting out of the pool, will always be a memorable experience in Punta Cana and Mexico. The kids still talk about their fancy pool juices!
But there are many other delicious drink memories that remind us of places we have been.
Drinking hot spiced Glühwein at the European Christmas markets is one of my earliest travel memories, back in 2009. We still have several souvenir mugs from Germany and Poland.
And there are those endless vodka shots and Mad Dogs that make up every trip to Poland.
Although after a hot day exploring the sights of Vietnam, nothing quite compares to the delicious freshly squeezed fruit juice or sugar cane juice, to cool you down.
Drink Making Essentials
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, these are the must-have items for any home bar or drink-making session.
- Cocktail Shaker: A shaker is essential for making cocktails. It’s used to combine ingredients and create that signature smooth texture.
- Stirrer: A stirrer is used to mix drinks without creating too many bubbles.
- Fine Mesh Strainer – This is used to strain out any unwanted bits from your drink.
- A Variety Of Glasses: Glasses come in all shapes and sizes, so make sure you have some options to suit your different types of drinks, including some plastic kid-friendly options if making drinks for younger kids!
Planning Your Around The World Food & Drink Menu
When you can’t travel, that’s no reason not to enjoy your favourite around the world drinks from home. Plus these are all such fun drinks to make!
Here are some tips for planning your perfect international cocktail night or family travel themed staycation banquet:
- Pick a destination or a region for your theme
- Choose your food menu for your international destination
- Choose your international dessert recipes
- Decide on your international drink recipes
- Go shopping for all your ingredients
- Get cooking and mixing
International Drinks To Make At Home
Make these around the world drink recipes at home with signature cocktails for adults to enjoy and non-alcoholic refreshing beverages from different countries. You will have fun mixing up a storm in the kitchen with these international drinks. There are even tea and coffee recipes from your favourite countries for those of you who prefer hot drinks to warm the winter days.
Non-Alcoholic Drinks From Around The World
These non-alcoholic beverages from around the world include signature recipes, refreshing drinks and frozen delights that will make you feel like you've stepped into another country.
Brazilian Limeade (Limonada Suíça)
Brazil - Brazilian Limeade is prepared with 4 ingredients thrown in the kitchen blender, producing the most simple and quenching lime drink ever. NO simple syrup or squeezed limes are necessary!
India - Mango lassi is a refreshing yogurt drink perfect for hot summers and also, for when you have bought more mangoes than you should have.
Neer Mor (neer majjige) - Spiced buttermilk
India - Neer moru is a delicious spiced buttermilk from the South Indian cuisine. It can be served as an appetizer or just a cooling drink.
Raspberry Peach Italian Cream Sodas
Italy - Easy, refreshing, and fun, these Raspberry Peach Italian Cream Sodas made with Torani syrups are the perfect non-alcoholic drink to serve all summer long!
Spiced Hot Orange Juice
Norway - Hot orange juice with chilli and cinnamon is a Norwegian drink commonly enjoyed on cold nights. A tasty way to enjoy orange juice, and it is a delicious alcohol-free drink that the whole family can enjoy!
Moroccan Mint Lemonade Recipe
Morocco - We fell in love with refreshing Moroccan mint lemonade while visiting the Fes Medina. The beverage is frothy due to the lemon peels being used in the preparation of the lemonade. Psst... try it with vodka!
Sea Buckthorn Juice
Russia - Buckthorn juice is a Russian traditional beverage made with little buckthorn berries, sweetener and water.
Hollersaft - Homemade Elderflower Cordial
Austria - Elderflower cordial is a popular drink across Europe, with Roman origins. The flowers create a wonderfully refreshing and blossomy flavour!
Mexican Watermelon Cooler Recipe
Mexico - A traditional Mexican agua fresca, watermelon cooler, is a non-alcoholic beverage that needs just 4 ingredients and a few minutes to prepare.
Mexico - Agua Fresca is a traditional Mexican non-alcoholic fruit juice made with 100% natural ingredients.
Russia - Easy traditional Russian fruit juice kompot is made with berries and apples. A traditional recipe that every Russian family makes!
Chicha Morada – Peruvian Blue Corn Drink
Peru - Chicha Morada made from dried blue corn, pineapple skin, apple skin, cinnamon and cloves is perfect to practice no waste with your fruits. In Peru, it is often fermented to make an alcoholic version, but this non-alcoholic version is just as delicious.
Sicilian Almond Milk
Italy - Sicilian Almond Milk - a sweet and refreshing summer drink.
Horchata Mexican Drink
Mexico - This Horchata Mexican drink recipe is a slightly creamy, non-alcoholic agua fresca flavour made with cinnamon and rice and is perfectly refreshing.
Mango Mastani - Mango Milkshake with Ice cream
India - Street foods are such a common sight in India and is one of the best to enjoy. Mango mastani is one such drink that can be best enjoyed from a street vendor.
Homemade Hawaiian Punch Recipe
USA - This tropical Homemade Hawaiian Punch recipe is a delightfully easy and refreshing non-alcoholic fruit punch that is perfect for any party or luau! You’re going to want to make this all summer long!
Mattha / Spiced Buttermilk/ Chaas
India - Spiced buttermilk, chaas is a treasured summer drink of India. It helps cool off body temperature and also helps in digestive and acidity issues.
Suriname Style Javanese Rose Dawet
Indonesia - Suriname has a large Indonesian population. As such, many Indonesian foods are adapted with local ingredients. This Suriname version of Dawet - a vegan drink made with coconut milk, lemongrass and rose is refreshing and delicious on hot summer days!
Ayran: Turkish Yogurt Drink
Turkey - Super refreshing and healthy Ayran (Turkish yogurt drink) recipe ready in 5 minutes with 3 simple ingredients. Perfect thirst-quencher on a hot summer day!
India - A traditional recipe from Bengal that’s very similar to egg nog.
International Tea and Coffee Recipes
Enjoy tea and coffee recipes from around the world with these international recipes to try at home - perfect for coffee lovers or anyone who enjoys a relaxing cup of tea with a twist.
Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)
Mexico / Caribbean - Agua de Jamaica, otherwise known as hibiscus tea, is a refreshing Mexican drink that is both sweet and tart! It is also served in the Caribbean but it is known as sorrel there.
Kahwa (kashmiri kahwa) Tea
India - Kashmiri Kahwa Tea is a fragrant, mild green tea made with whole spices, saffron, almonds and originally from the Kashmiri cuisine. It refreshes, rejuvenates, relaxes, soothes, calms and makes you feel good.
Vietnamese Coffee (Cafe Sua Nong)
Vietnam - Vietnamese Coffee with Condensed Milk (Cafe Sua Nong) is delicious yet simple to make. The blending of strong coffee and condensed milk makes this traditional Vietnamese drink so aromatic and intense.
Turkish Coffee Recipe (Arabic Coffee)
Turkey - This deep, rich, Turkish Coffee Recipe, is also known as Greek Coffee and Arabic Coffee. The espresso used to make this coffee is blended with ground cardamon, which gives this coffee its wonderful flavor.
South Korea - Barley tea is a great alternative to water and it's prepared both hot and cold in South Korea.
Nepal - Nepali Chiya is a milk-based spiced tea enjoyed by most Nepali any time of the day. It is flexible to meet different lifestyles and can be adjusted to serve yourself or a large crowd.
Cafe hafuch – Israeli ‘upside down’ coffee
Israel - Cafe hafuch - "upside down coffee" - is a milky espresso based drink from Israel. Similar to a latte, but with layers of milk, coffee and foam, it's a popular on-the-go drink.
Alcoholic Drinks From Around The World
The alcoholic cocktails from around the world and drink recipes for adults only will give you the chance to feel like you are sipping drinks at a swim-up bar in an exotic location or sailing the oceans far away on a luxury cruise - all without leaving home!
And if you want to get the kids involved, many of them would work great as cocktails too. Skip the alcohol and let them enjoy delicious international flavours in a kid-friendly alternative!
Caipirinha (+ 4 fruit variations!)
Brazil - Caipirinha is a delicious and easy to make Brasilian drink. It’s made with cachaça (Brazilian spirit), limes, sugar, and ice. It’s so refreshing and well balanced. You can taste the sourness from the lime and sweetness from the sugar. We absolutely love it!
Orange Spritz Aperitivo
Italy - Super refreshing Orange Spritz is the perfect cocktail for hot weather. Serve this with an antipasto platter for a true Italian aperitivo!
Italy - A tutorial on how to make home-made Limoncello - the traditional Italian way!
Italy - Mimosa Cocktail - a traditional Italian aperitivo made with Spumante and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Brazilian Coconut Cocktail: Batida de Coco
Brazil - This coconut cocktail is a classic of Brazilian cuisine! Made of tropical ingredients, this Brazilian cocktail, called Batida de Coco in Portuguese, is perfect for sipping on a warm day. You and your guests will love it!
Frozen Pineapple Margarita
Mexico - This frozen pineapple margarita is refreshing and light. Perfectly chilled and ideal for your social gatherings or entertaining at home.
Coquito (Coconut-Rum Drink)
Puerto Rico - This authentic Puerto Rican recipe for Coquito is delicious! Enjoy this coconut-rum drink for the holidays.
Easy Mulled Wine | Gluhwein Recipe
Europe - Gluhwein, or Mulled Wine, is a hot spiced wine drink from Europe that is prepared by heating red wine with sugar, orange and warming spices like cinnamon, cloves and star-anise. In this recipe, I use the Instant Pot to make AND serve this fragrant and flavorful drink.
Chocolate Liqueur Recipe
Italy - This Chocolate Liqueur recipe from Italy is easy and delicious! Pour this on your dessert or drink it straight!
Blueberry Glühwein Recipe
Germany - Experience the cozy German Christmas markets without ever leaving the comfort of your home with this Blueberry Gluhwein recipe! With only 5 ingredients, this is a simple mulled red wine to warm your bones this winter.
Polish Mad Dog Shot (Wściekły Pies)
Poland - As shots go, this Polish Mad Dog is light and fruity. The burn of the icy cold vodka is offset by raspberry syrup. Three drops of Tobasco cut the sweetness.
Spicy Jal Jeera Mojito Cocktail
India - There is nothing more refreshing than a Jaljeera Mojito (Indian Spiced Mojito) on a hot summer day. Jaljeera is an Indian spiced beverage, which is an extremely popular summer drink in Northern India.
Caribbean Rum Punch
Caribbean - The perfect (and easy to make) party drink, this traditional Bajan rum punch is perfectly suited to any occasion!
Prosecco Peach Bellini
Italy - Originating in Venice, this Italian sparkling wine and peach cocktail is like sunshine and summer in a glass. It's super simple to make and works beautifully as a drink for brunch, afternoon aperitive or sunny BBQ refreshment.
Don Pedro Drink
South Africa - Don Pedro is a traditional dessert cocktail from South Africa. Cream and ice cream for the base and if you can get hold of Amarula, which is a cream-based liqueur made from the African Marula tree, even better. If not, fret not. You can use your favourite spirits such as whisky or brandy to complete the job. Easy and super indulgent!
Triple Sec Cocktail (Seville Blossom)
Spain - Ever wanted to get the whole of Seville during the orange blooms in a glass? Now you can with this amazing Triple Sec based Cocktail. With delicate tomato water and citrus, this is an amazing low-alcohol cocktail for the summer
Mexico - Sangrita, a wonderful way to enjoy tequila. It is akin to a deconstructed bloody Mary except for you are drinking tequila! First enjoyed on the beaches of Playa del Carmen!
Dirty Shirley - Adult Shirley Temple
USA - Hello, Florida oranges. They juice up this old-time favourite cocktail twist on a classic.
Jamaican Rum Punch Recipe
Jamaica - This Gorgeous Jamaican Rum Punch is the kind of fun exotic sipper you whip up for guests and parties. Just 5 everyday classic ingredients come together in one delicious drink that takes you back to warm Caribbean sunsets all year long.
Peruvian Pisco Sours
Peru - This Peruvian pisco sour recipe is one of my favourite cocktails! Peruvian pisco is shaken with fresh lime juice, simple syrup, angostura bitters, and egg whites for an impressive drink recipe that everyone will love!
Canada's National Cocktail
Canada - The Caesar drink is Canada's national drink and very popular to have on weekend brunches where pubs and restaurants often have a garnish bar. It's made with Clamato juice, vodka and a number of spices and supposedly also helps with hangovers.
Puerto Rico - Coquito means “Little Coconut” in Spanish and is a traditional Christmas cocktail which is basically a Puerto Rican Eggnog. If rum cocktails with a hint of sweetness rank high on your list, this recipe will be a perfect one to add to the menu.
Classic Mint Julep Recipe
USA - The mint julep originated in the southern United States and is a is a bourbon-forward drink.
USA- A Cosmopolitan Drink is perfect when you want to serve a really classy cocktail with some sweetness and colour to your menu! Triple sec orange liqueur, shaken not stirred with cranberry juice, fresh lime and vodka
Rhode Island Red Cocktail
USA - Toast the East Coast with a refreshing Rhode Island Red cocktail.
We hope you love these international drink recipes and that you try your favourites at home.
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Allow your food and drink at home to take you back to places you’ve been before or to take you to new places you dream of visiting. It’s amazing how powerful the experience of food is for bringing travel to you!
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Do you have a favourite drink memory from your travels? Tell us what it is in the comments.