It's no secret that here at El Patio we enjoy a glass of wine or two. We think it helps to get the conversation going, with everybody more relaxed and less nervous about making mistakes. There is actually research which shows that a small amount of alcohol can help you speak a foreign language better. 

That’s just enough reason to present this guide to our favourite Hispanic cocktails!

Mojito

Country: Cuba

Ingredients: fresh mint leaves, granulated sugar, white rum, soda water, lime wedges, and ice. 

Preparation: Mush up lime wedges and sugar. Add mint leaves and continue mushing. Add ice and pour rum. Finish off with soda water and garnish with mint and a slice of lime on the rim.

Sangría

Country: España

Ingredients: Fruits like oranges and apples, orange juice, sugar, ice, a spirit such as brandy or rum, and red wine.

Preparation: Mix fruit with juice, sugar and liquor. Combine everything and leave to rest. Then add red wine and ice and stir. Garnish with sliced oranges. 

Piña colada

Country: Puerto Rico

Ingredients:  70ml of rum, 50ml coconut cream, 50ml pineapple juice, and ice cubes.

Preparation: Mix everything in a blender until smooth or shake it. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Pisco sour

Country: Perú

Ingredients: 70ml pisco, 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice, 20ml simple syrup, 1 egg white, a slice of lime, and ice.

Preparation: Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker or blend until foam appears on top. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Cuba libre

Country: Cuba

Ingredients: 1 lime cut into 4 pieces, cola, white or dark rum, ice, and a lime wedge.

Preparation: Pour rum over ice in a highball glass. Squeeze the limes and then add them to the mix. Fill to the brim with cola and garnish with lime. 

Coco loco

Country: Colombia

Ingredients: Rum, tequila, vodka, lime juice, coconut cream, coconut water, and ice.

Preparation: Mix everything together! 

*Pro tip: serve in a hollowed-out coconut. 

Michelada

Country: México

Ingredients: Tomato juice, beer, salt, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, Tabasco sauce and soy sauce.

Preparation: First add the salt to the rim of the glass, then add the tomato and the lime juice. Add the sauces and finally add the cold beer and the ice. Stir gently. 

*Pro tip: For a delicious, less-spicy alternative, leave out the sauces and tomato juice. This is called a 'chelada'.

Daiquiri

Country: Cuba

Ingredients: White rum, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and ice.

Preparation: Place everything on a cocktail shaker and shake, shake, shake or blend in a blender. 

*Pro tip: Make it more fancy by adding juice or fruits such as strawberry and pineapple. 

Margarita

Country: México

Ingredients: Tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, lime juice, a lime wedge and ice. 

Preparation: Pour the ingredients into a shaker and shake with ice. Use the lime wedge to wet the rim of the glass and dip it in salt. Pour it the mix.

*Pro tip: Mix with ice and blend for a 'frozen margarita', or get experimental by adding different fruits into the mix


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