Most of us can’t travel all the time even if we wanted to. While, sometimes that seems pretty sucky, it doesn’t have to be! Because we love finding cocktails when we travel and we love buying the local spirits as souvenirs, we thought we’d share a few European cocktails that you can easily make at home. Hopefully, you already have some of these ingredients or you can order them in!
Oh, and we made a video on how to make a few of these. Some of the results were surprising! We have a lot of…ummmm…”souvenirs”. So, you may just see another video on the topic 😉
European cocktails to make at home
Hugo | Italy
We’re starting with my new favorite, the Hugo. It’s an epically delicious and easy-to-make cocktail that’s a tad sweet and all delicious. We discovered this on our trip to the Trentino, Italy region in 2019. It was one of our favorite trips to date, and the Hugo made many appearances. With the arrival of spring and liberal use of any possible outdoor space, it’s the perfect drink to have in your hand to celebrate every day.
Szarlotka/Polish Kiss/Frisky Bison | Poland
Made with Polish Bison vodka, this drink was a nice surprise. It’s probably the simplest drink to make on here because it’s vodka and apple juice. Does that mean you can have it for brunch? Sure! Why not? There are no social rules right now. Add a bit of cinnamon and it’s a lovely drink to have. Get the full recipe.
Sangria | Spain
Oh, Sangria. Who doesn’t LOVE Sangria? It’s a pretty simple cocktail to make and since you’ll make it in a pitcher, it’s great to share (during quarantine, obviously only sharing with those already in your home!). We took some liberties with our version and used Triple Sec instead of Brandy, but that’s the great thing about cocktails at home…make your own version!
Apple Benton | Czech Republic
This cocktail surprised me the most. First of all, I wouldn’t say it’s a representative cocktail of Czech Republic. We just wanted to find a fun cocktail to make with Becherovka because we had it in the cabinet. This 3-ingredient cocktail is super simple and also uses apple juice. Mix the Becherovka and apple juice with tonic and you have a wonderfully surprising cocktail that I’d call an apple pie in a glass. I mean, wow. Find this recipe and many more using Becherovka on their website.
Pims | England
Yessss. Pims is a classic cocktail that you’ll find in England and when you’re craving one and stuck at home, it’s fun to make yourself. You’ll need a few ingredients that you might want to add to your shopping list, and you’ll need a shaker for this one, but it’s worth the effort. It’s unlike any other cocktail and very refreshing.
Those are some fun ones to start with! If you have any favorites, please share in the comments below. We are always open to new cocktails to try. And if you do try any of these, please let us know how you like it! Tag us on social media and share your pictures — we’d love to see them!