Fellow readers of the Hand2Hand blog, it came to a time when we have to face it. Yes,
it’s not easy, but it’s true and no one can do anything about it. Not all of us are in the
Autumn-Winter season. There are a lot of beautiful countries wanting you to visit their beautiful
sunshine and paradisiac beaches.
Today, we take pride to say that this is an adult reading blog post, where we’ll present
you some of the most exotic and alcoholic cocktails ever experimented by us, with origins from
all around the world. They are beautiful, they are charming, they are an explosion of colors and
flavors and they will definitely remind you of the beautiful travels you did or, who knows, get
the taste of the places you will visit one day.
The History of Cock(tails):
There are a lot of tails (wow, saw what I did there?!) but the one we like the most is
this: in January 1936 there was this story published in ‘The Bartender’ magazine, where the
Yucatan peninsula was described with all the splendor and glory, and this story takes place in
the Campeche port.
A long time ago, noble english sail men arrived to this port to carry mahogany and
other precious woods along with other local products (much like Hand2Hand, hum?) and the
sailors used to visit the city to see the magnificent ruins of yesterday’s fortifications. Most of
them helped to stop the pirates attacks in this area. They used to stop their thirst in local bars, on
narrow alleyways, with drinks that were made of strong liquors and wines, slowly mixed with
rum, brandy or any other alcoholic component. They use to call this drinks of ‘Dracs’ in
memory of Drake, the famous English pirate. It’s told that there was this boy, in a bar, that often
mixed the drinks with the root of a local plant called ‘cock tail’, which gave the name to
Cocktail, as we know today.
And with no more delays, let’s sit back and enjoy our co…untdown!!
10. Mango Daiquiri
The Daiquiri was born in a local bar called El Floradita, in Havana, Cuba. This drink
is perfect if want to get someone’s attention on a bar flooding with experts.
●2 oz of dark rum
●0,5 oz of orange curacao liqueur
●6 oz of mango chunks
●3 oz of sweet and sour mix
Steps: Mix up the rum, orange curacao, mango and sour mix with one cup of crushed
ice in a blender. Pour it into a tall glass and garnish with mango.
9. Lychee Martini
You’ve never tasted lychees? You’ve never went to Asia? This cocktail will make you
wanna go there.
●6 oz of vodka
●4 oz of lychee juice
●A splash of vermouth
●2 lychees for garnish
Steps: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, add the vodka, lychee juice and vermouth.
Shake until it’s chilled. Pour into martini glasses and garnish with lychees. Add an orchid if you
want your love to marry you.
8. Piña Colada
Now, don’t you ever tell anyone that you don’t know how to speak Spanish because
that’s not true.
●Ice (it’s up to your mood)
●3 oz of white rum
●2 oz of dark rum
●3 oz of coconut cream
●2 oz of double cream or whipping cream
●6 oz of pineapple juice
●A dash of angostura bitters
●Maraschino cherries and pineapple slices to guarnish
Steps: Pour all ingredients into a blender and mix for 15 seconds (with or without
ice). Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple and cherries.
7. Malayan Gold
No, this is nothing to do with gold mines, but it will take your breath! The Malayan
Gold is something that you must try.
●1 oz Pisang Ambon liqueur
●1 oz anisette
●1 oz mandarin juice
●½ oz pomegranate juice
●½ tsp. caster sugar
Steps: Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Shake until chilled and strain into a
double-cocktail glass, filled with crushed ice.
6. Rum Runner
This cocktail was presented during the days of prohibition, so watch yourself.
●¼ cup of rum
●1 tsp. of coconut rum
●2 tsp. of banana liqueur
●2 tsp of blackberry brandy
●½ cup of sweet and sour mix
●½ cup of orange juice
●A dash of grenadine
●Orange and lime wedges for garnish
Steps: Pour the rum, coconut rum, banana liqueur and blackberry brandy into a tall
garnish with orange and lime. Bip – Bip!!!
5. Bahama Mama
Picture this: sand, sea, hot sunlight and a lazy moment for yourself. Yes, this is a gift
●½ oz coffee liqueur
●1 oz dark rum
●1 oz coconut liqueur
●½ oz 151 proof (high proof) rum
●Juice of 1 lemon
●8 oz pineapple juice
●Maraschino cherries for garnish
Steps: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Pour into a
Collins glass with cracked ice. Garnish with cherries.
4. Blue Lagoon
Straight from the Caribbean, this is one of the most well-known cocktails in the world.
Made with Iahara, a fruit grown in the island of Curacao, the turquoise color is not the only
thing you’ll love in this.
●2 oz of vodka
●2 oz of blue curacao liqueur
●Maraschino cherries to garnish
Steps: Pour the vodka and curacao over ice in a highball glass. Top up with lemonade
and garnish with cherries.
One of the most perfect cocktails in the world. A monument to sugar, fruit and
alcohol. A tribute to the sun and Ipanema. An awesome way to start your day…..ok, maybe not
to start the day, but it is the best company you’ll have during the sunset.
●Ice (lots of it)
●2 oz of unaged cachaça (or lots of it, again)
●1 lime cut open into quarters
●1 bar spoon of brown sugar (or lots of this to)
Steps: Place lime wedges and the brown sugar on a heavy-bottom rocks glass. Muddle
gently until everything is mixed. Add the cachaça and the ice and stir well. Serve with extra
2. Mai Tai
Meaning ‘’out of this world’’, the Mai Tai came around in the 1930’s. It well could be
the Polynesian flag. It’s fantastic!!
●2 oz of light rum
●1 oz of dark rum
●1 oz of crème de almond
●1 oz of triple sec
●Sweet and sour mix
Steps: Pour the light rum, crème de almond and triple sec, in order, into a collins
glass. Top with equal parts of pineapple juice and sour mix. Add the dark rum and serve
AND NOW, A SURPRISE FOR ALL OF YOU, OUR BRAND NEW…
1. The Hand2Hand
Brought to you from the salty, historic and mythic shores of Lisbon, Portugal.
Hand2Hand asked one of the most famous men in the drink/restaurant business of the
Portuguese capital, Ivo Bacelar – Nogueira’s Fire Food manager – to give us something that
could be interesting (like us), fun (like us), awesome (like us), special (like us), and that the all
world would love (definitely, like us).
And this is how we traveled a bit today… Don’t forget that if you don’t have an easy
access to any product or if you want an original one, you can always order it through
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Have an awesome day,
The Hand2Hand Team