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If you need to get those creaking hips in motion and hit the dance floor, complete the Latin American experience with a drink in hand and accompany this rare London sun with these refreshing tropical cocktails.

Caipirinha

The national cocktail of Brazil, the sophisticated, but simple caipirinha is a simple but distinctive little concoction that has a sweet, citrus bite to it from the cachaça sugarcane rum (a.k.a. Brazilian rum).

  • 1 lime
  • 2 oz of cachaça
  • White or yellow sugar
  • Ice cubes

Where to get it: Barrio Central in the West End


Margarita

As synonymous with Mexico as white beaches and bikinis, the margarita has long been a staple of the tequila drinking public. And there’s nothing quite as refreshing, and socially bonding, as a well blended pitcher of margaritas.

  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • .5  oz triple sec
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • Coarse salt
  • Crushed ice

Where to get it: Cafe Pacifico in Covent Garden

Mojito

The Mojito, hallmarked by its crisp, minty flavour, is a classic. Originating in Cuba, the cool, refreshing cocktail has made a name for itself in bars all over the world and has since developed a host of fruity variations, from white peach to pineapple and sage.

  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 lime (for juicing)
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 2 oz club soda
  • 1 sprig of mint (for garnishing)
  • Crushed ice

Where to get it: Loco Mojito in Brick Lane.


Piña Colada  

A close cousin of the margarita, the piña colada has a smoother, less textured taste with a creamy tropical kick. The national drink of Puerto Rico has a tried-and-true reputation from the beaches of the Caribbean to the streets of London.

  • 3 oz light rum
  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 3 tablespoons crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups of crushed ice
  • Blend it on high for a short period

Where to get it: Kanaloa in Shoe Lane

Macuá

Named after a tropical bird native to Nicaragua and invented by a paediatrician—it’s got juice in it so it must be healthy—the elegant Macuá is now their national drink. Its succulent lemon and orange juices bring a tart feel to the mouth, while the guava juice adds a refreshing and potent aroma. 

  • 1.5 oz gold rum
  • 1 oz guava juice
  • 1 oz orange juice 
  • 1.5 oz lemon juice 
  • 1/3 oz simple syrup 
  • Ice cubes

Where to get it: Sugar Cane Bar in Clapham Junction

 

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