At Time Out, we love bars. Old-school watering holes, innovative speakeasies, high-end establishments and gritty dive bars: you’ll find them all in the 2019 edition of The DRINK List, our comprehensive guide to the world’s best bars. Of course, having spent hours conducting important alcoholic research in the world’s finest drinking institutions, our expert local editors and contributors have had a chance to experience the very best examples of the bartender’s art today. Which is why, this year, we also wanted to shine a light on the best cocktails on the planet. Whether it’s gin, vodka, tequila, whisky, rum or even cachaça that’s your tipple of choice, consider this your boozy bucket list.
Our countdown of the world’s best cocktails spans 27 cities in 18 countries. Alongside the USA (the most cocktail-loving nation, according to our Time Out Index survey) you’ll find creations from the best bars in Singapore, Paris, Mexico City and loads more mixological hotspots. Some are simply straight-up classics. (For each of these, we’ve recommended the best bar in the world to taste it – which often happens to be the very place where that drink was invented and perfected, like the Negroni Sbagliato at Bar Basso, Milan.) Other entries are madcap mixological creations from the boozy dreams of the world’s best bartenders, at institutions like The Aviary in New York and SG Club in Tokyo.
Then there are the serves that take classic recipes and twist them hard, often using native ingredients to create a drink that you could never taste anywhere else on Earth. In an increasingly globalised world, it’s the bartenders leaning towards sustainability and localism who are keeping things interesting.
But enough chat – it’s drinking time. Here are the 36 cocktails around the world that you have to try in 2019. Bottoms up!
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