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Destination-Inspired Cocktails to Transport You

Whether you’re celebrating the summer season or cozying up in the middle of the winter, there’s no time like the present for a delicious cocktail! We’ve rounded up our favorite cocktails inspired by various locations to transport you as you imbibe. Happy sipping!

The Destination: Nantucket

The Cocktail: Rio Calling

The Inspiration: “On vacation in Rio, I watched merchants set up their booths and muddle fresh fruit and spices to create the perfect Caipirinha. This is my take on the famed cocktail with a Nantucket spin. The name is a play on the Clash’s song ‘London Calling.’” — Carlos Hidalgo, co owner Cru


• Crushed Ice

• 5oz of Cachace

• 2oz of Lime Juice

• 2 Whole Cloves

• 16 Raspberries

• 1/2oz Ginger Syrup

• 2 Lime Wheels


Fill 2 Collins glasses with crushed ice. Muddle the raspberries and cloves in a shaker. Add the Cachace, lime juice, and ginger syrup to the shaker. Shake well and strain into the two glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish with the lime wheels and enjoy!

The Destination: Charleston

The Cocktail: Pineapple Julep

The Inspiration: “This sweet drink is a twist on a cocktail that was created by the legendary bartender Jerry Thomas in the 1860s. I replaced the juniper with bourbon for a more familiar julep.”Jim McCourt, beverage director and co-owner of Prohibition


• 1.5oz of Bourbon

• 1/2oz Raspberry Syrup

• 1/2oz Pineapple Jam

• 1 Lemon Wedge

• 1 Orange Slice

• Prosecco


Muddle the lemon and orange slices with the syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add the bourbon and pineapple jam, and shake for 10 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a julep cup filled with crushed ice and top it off with prosecco, and enjoy!

The Destination: The Berkshires, Mass

The Cocktail: Blueberry Mint Gin Sour

The Inspiration: “This cocktail is gin-forward with sweet, fruit notes. We create our drinks to highlight the spirits themselves.” — William Winn, one of Berkshire Mountain’s distillers


• 2oz Gin

• 3/4oz Blueberry Simple Syrup

• 1/4oz Lemon Juice

• 1 Egg White

• Mint Leaves

• Blueberries


Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add the gin, lemon juice, and egg white. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Pour into a stemmed cocktail glass and garnish with fresh mint and blueberries.

The Destination: Barbados

The Cocktail: Gwen’s Rum Punch

The Inspiration: “Every spot on this sunny island I’m lucky to call home has its twist on this classic cocktail. This one is the best (and my favorite!)” —Kit Kemp, founder of The Firmdale Hotels


• 1 cup of Lime Juice

• 2 Cups of Simple Syrup

• 1.5 Cups of Fruit Punch

• 3 Cups of Mount Gay Rum


For one pitcher: Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Add ice and 4-5 dashes of Angostura bitters to each glass before serving. Garnish with a dash of nutmeg and tropical fruit.

The Destination: London

The Cocktail: The Lawbreaker

The Inspiration: “Our barman at Oscar’s Bar in the Charlotte Street Hotel makes this cocktail, and it is an absolute winner! It’s inspired by the famous English intellectuals called the Bloomsbury Group that were somewhat lawbreakers during their time!”


• 1 tbsp Lemon Juice

• 3 tbsp Rye Whiskey

• Lemon Peel

• 1-⅔ tbsp Grenadine

• 1-⅓ tbsp French Vermouth


Fill half of a cocktail shaker with ice cubes then add whiskey, vermouth, grenadine, and lemon. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds, then strain into a coupe glass. Add lemon peel for garnish, and enjoy!

The Destination: Mexico

The Cocktail: The Perfect Paloma

The Inspiration: “It’s just as festive as a margarita but decidedly less sweet—which I love! I enjoy drinking this classic cocktail any time of year, but especially during the summer.”


• 3tbsp Tequila

• 2tbsp Lime Juice

• 1tbsp Simple Syrup

• 4tbsp Grapefruit Juice / Soda

• Grapefruit Wedge


Fill a highball glass ¾ the way with ice. Pour tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup into the glass and stir for 10 seconds. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge, and enjoy!

The Destination: Aspen

The Cocktail: Smokey Negroni

The Inspiration: “A twist on the usual negroni, this swaps in mezcal for the usual gin for a rich, smoky flavor.”— Anjoleena Griffin-Holst, J Bar food, and beverage director


• 1oz Mezcal

• 1oz Campari

• 1oz Sweet Vermouth

• Kosher Salt

• Cayenne Pepper


Stir together equal parts kosher salt and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish. Dip a lowball glass into a dish of sweet vermouth, then into the dish of cayenne salt for a peppery-edged rim. In another glass, combine Mezcal, Campari, and Vermouth and stir well. Then strain into the salt-rimmed glass, and enjoy!

The Destination: Palm Springs

The Cocktail: Wait, What Avocado?

The Inspiration: “Our lead bartender Zane Tessay had experimented with variations of this drink before bringing it to Seymour’s. When he made it and served it one night, the guest’s reaction was, ”Wait… What? Avocado?” The name stuck and it went on the menu.”– Steen Bojsen-Møller, co-owner and beverage director Seymour’s


• 2oz Gin

• 3/4oz Lime Juice

• 1/2oz Simple Syrup

• 1 slice of Avocado

• 5-6 Mint Leaves


Muddle all ingredients together in a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Using a fine strainer, pour over fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with mint.

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