(Last Updated On: May 7, 2015)

Mix it up, drink it down and have a gala time with friends, family or just by yourself! What are we talking about? Cocktails, of course! These colorful concoctions made famous world over by pop culture are one of the best ways to gulp down your share of alcohol!

Be it the ‘Shaken, not stirred’ Martini of James Bond, or the quintessential ‘Cosmopolitans’ from Sex and the City girl gang; they have become an inseparable part of our lives and our culture.

Sip in the flavors of the world as we bring to you 20 heady cocktails, their origins and ingredients  that will make you go around the world, literally and figuratively!

  1. The Refreshing Mojito

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    Image Credit: Jean-Philippe Rebuffet – Flickr

    Claim to Fame: The best cure for a hot summery day!
    Consists of: Limes, Soda, Mint and lots of Ice
    Originated in:  Cuba
    Main Spirit: White Rum

  2. The sweet and milky concoction Pina Colada

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    Image Credit: Chris Goldberg – Flickr

    Claim to Fame: The silent killer!
    Consists of : Pineapple Juice and Coconut Cream
    Originated in: Puerto Rico, baby!
    Main Spirit: Rum, preferably Malibu

  3. The Chic Cosmopolitan


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    Claim to Fame: The Sex and the City Girl Gang
    Consists of: Lime, Triple Sec and Cointreau
    Originated in: New York, ( Just a guess!)
    Main Spirit: Vodka!

  4. The spicy seductress Bloody Mary

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    Image Credit: Chris Goldberg – Flickr

    Claim to Fame: The night drinking games and horror stories!
    Consists of : Tomato Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Salt, Pepper and Celery stalk
    Originated in: New York!
    Main Spirit: The Vodka again.

  5. The Unusual White Russian


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     Claim to Fame:  A cocktail made with Milk, made famous by the dude in ‘Big Lebowski’
    Consists of: Coffee Liqueur,  Cream, Ice
    Originated In: Belgium
    Main Spirit:  Vodka.

  6. The ‘Bond’s’ Drink Martini


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    Claim to Fame: Named after the famous Vermouth selling Firm Martini and Rossi
    Consists of: Dry Vermouth, Gin and twist of Lime and Olive
    Originated in: Most Likely in Italy
    Main Spirit: Vermouth and Gin

  7. The Upbeat and Vibrant Caiprinha


    Image Credit: David Schiersner

    Claim to Fame: National drink of Brazil
    Consists of: Cachaça, Lime and Ice
    Originated in: Brazil (duhh!)
    Main Spirit: Cachaça

  8. The gorgeous Tequila Sunrise

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    Image Credit: dmeurer – Flickr

    Claim to fame: The song by a band called Eagles
    Consists of: Orange Juice and Grenadine Syrup
    Originated in: Arizona
    Main Spirit: Tequila

  9. The Sweet and sour Singapore Sling


    Image Credit:Travel Aficionado

    Claim to Fame: THE original drink of Singapore
    Consists of: Cherry Liqueur, Bendectine,  Pineapple Huice, Lime Juice and some bitter Angotsura
    Originated in: Singapore, by a bartender called Ngiam Tong Boon
    Main Spirit: Gin

  10. The Italian charm of Bellini


    Image Credit: Albert Lynn

    Claim to Fame: Named after a painting of an Italian Painter Giovanni Bellini
    Consists of: Peach Puree
    Originated in: Italy
    Main Spirit: Prosecco Sparkling Wine

  11. The Old School Sazerac


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    Claim to Fame: The original drink of New Orleans, oldest American Cocktail
    Consists of: Sugar, Cognac and Peychaud’s Bitters
    Originated In: New Orleans
    Main Spirit: Absinthe

  12. The Head Turner – Negroni


    Image Credit: Jeremy Brooks

    Claim to Fame: The cocktail that will impress you and your company
    Consists of: Vermouth, Campari, Orange Peel
    Originated in: Florence, Italy
    Main Spirit: Gin, Vermouth, Campari

  13. The Colourful Bramble


    Image Credit:Kris Kesiak

    Claim to Fame: The drink of choice in all of UK
    Consists of: Blackberry Liqueur, Fresh Berries and Lime
    Originated in: Soho District, London
    Main Spirit: Gin

  14. The tropics in a glass; Mai Tai

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    Image Credit: kreegermc

    Claim to Fame: The refreshing feel of the beach in a glass
    Consists of: Pineapple, Orange and Lime Juice
    Originated in: Oakland, California
    Main Spirit: White and Gold Rum

  15. The Surprisingly Tasty Pisco Sour

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    Image Source:Wikimedia Commons

     Claim to Fame: Local drink of Both Peru and Chile, both countries celebrate a national Pisco Sour Day
    Consists of: Egg Whites and Lime
    Originated In: Peru
    Main Spirit: Pisco Sour, Local Liqueur made from grapes

  16. The Man’s Drink Manhattan


    Image Credit: My Aching Head – Flickr

    Claim to Fame: Premiered at a banquet hosted in honor of a presidential candidate Samuel J Tilden. Concocted by Dr. Ian Marshall!
    Consists of: Sweet Vermouth, Bitters
    Originated in: Manhattan
    Main Spirit: Whiskey

  17. The drink with a story Tom Collins

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    Image Credit:Kevin O’Mara – Flickr

    Claim to Fame: Tonnes of stories including a mass prank played on wary people in New York and London in the year 1874
    Consists of: Lemon Juice, Lime Juice and Soda
    Originated in: London
    Main Spirit: Gin

  18. The Refreshing Sangria


    Image Credit: Divya Thakur – Flickr

    Claim to Fame: An accompaniment to hordes of Brunch and Gossip sessions
    Consists of: Chopped Fruit, Brandy and Honey or Sugar Syrup
    Originated in: Barcelona, Spain
    Main Spirit: Red or White Wine

  19. The Heady Long Island Iced Tea


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    Claim to Fame: Strongest highball cocktail  with 22% concentration
    Consists of: ALCOHOL!
    Originated In: New York or Tennessee
    Main Spirits: Gin, Vodka, Tequila, Rum and Triple Sec

  20. The Big Bang Theory drink- Grasshopper


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    Claim to Fame: Used as an after dinner drink by most households. Also the drink that got the shy Raj Koothrapalli to talk to girls in an episode of Big Bang Theory
    Consists of: Mint Liqueur, Chocolate Liqueur and fresh cream
    Originated in: Tujague’s Bar, New Orleans
    Main Spirit: Liqueurs