Have spirit, will travel

Experiential cocktails to #KeepYourMindTravelling

With New Year celebrations likely to be a low-key affair for many, we’re thrilled to help bring some celebratory cheer into your home. Please accept this little gift from all of us at OutThere: our special-edition, cocktail compendium, showcasing 45 signature recipes – as well as personal New Year’s greetings – from the world’s most OutThere hotels, resorts, experiences and destinations. We sweet-talked some fabulous folk into handing over their creative drink recipes – and curated them to showcase the very tastiest – so to quench your wanderlusts and #KeepYourMindTravelling until the time comes for you to head out into the world again, to try them for real.

Cocktails to #KeepYourMindTravelling by OutThere

It’s been quite a year for us all, so we hope that like us, you’re inspired to serve these up as you celebrate, so we can see-off 2020 in style and toast what lies ahead with gusto. And while you’re having fun in your at-home bar, why not share your creations with us at @outtheremag with the hashtags #havespiritwilltravel and #keepyourmindtravelling.

All there’s left to say is a great big thank you for being so OutThere this year. Here’s to the fabulous, experiential journeys that lie ahead!

Uwern Jong and Martin Perry, Founding Experientialists

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Brandy and Cognac
The Bourgoin Medicine, Domaine des Etangs, France
Coconut & Cocoa, Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London, UK
Royal Sidecar, DUKES London, UK
Tiramisù Espresso Martini, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
Virtues and Vices, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, UK

Champagne and Sparkling Wine
The Cherry Bellini, Rockliffe Hall, Darlington, UK
Classic Champagne Cocktail, The Kensington, London, UK
Elderflower Spritz, The Marylebone, London, UK
Mondo Rouge, Visit West Hollywood x The London West Hollywood, California, USA
Prince of Wales Cocktail, Cliveden House, Berkshire, UK

The Governess, Pulitzer Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Fog Over Orkney, Links House at Royal Dornoch, Scotland, UK
The Leaf, Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
Old Tom Martinez, The Dorchester, London, UK
Space Truck, Savoy Palace Madeira, Portugal

Liqueurs and Fortified Wine
Hippo’s Revenge, Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, Botswana
Mr. Advocate, Novikov Restaurant & Bar, London, UK
Save me! Save me!, Palácio Tangará, São Paulo Brazil
Sunny Day, Morukuru Family, South Africa
The Uncle Montague, Montague on the Gardens, London, UK

The Bloomsbury no-Boozer, University Arms, Cambridge, UK
The Estate No-tini, Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, UK
The Passion, Milaidhoo Island, the Maldives
Raspberry Vinegar, Parks Canada
Winter’s Blush, Tourism Whistler x Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Canada

Chilli Passion Martini, The Setai Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Goaties Hammer, Le Petit St. Vincent, The Grenadines
Golden Jubilee Rum Punch, Carrier x The Sandpiper, Barbados
Rum Punch, Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
Sprankel and Rose Geranium Mojito, Babylonstoren, South Africa

The Donday Martini, The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath, UK
Esencia Margarita, Hotel Esencia, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Hawker Cocktail, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand
IK Margarita, NIZUC Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico
The Quarantita, Orania.Berlin, Germany

The Black Crush, Kimpton Surfcomber, Miami, Florida, USA
Cucumber Vodka Martini, 11 Cadogan Gardens, London, UK
The Puglia Martini, Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa, Ostuni, Italy
The Regent Seven Seas, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The Spa Treatment, Dutchess Tourism x Mirbeau Inn & Spa, New York, USA

Whisky and Bourbon
Aged Teak, 137 Pillars House
The Jack Pine, Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé, France
Sabai Sabai, Tourism Authority of Thailand
The Scarfes Bar Old Fashioned, Rosewood London, UK
Tea in Style, The SIS Kata, Phuket, Thailand

Photography by Joel Herzog / Unsplash

1. 11 Cadogan Gardens

Cucumber Vodka Martini

Courtesy of 11 Cadogan Gardens, London, UK

60ml vodka
15ml dry vermouth
Squeeze of lime
Cucumber ribbons 
Dash of syrup (optional)

In a mixing glass filled with ice cubes, combine the vodka, lime and vermouth. Stir for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cucumber slices.

“We wish you a safe and very Merry Christmas and Happy (better) New Year, and hope to welcome you back to our Chelsea Bar to try our refreshing twist on this classic cocktail, or two.”

Ian Richardson, General Manager 

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2. 137 Pillars House

Aged Teak

Courtesy of 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai, Thailand

45ml Monkey Shoulder – a blend of single malts
15ml Martini Rosso red vermouth
30ml Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Place all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice to chill. Swizzle and strain into whisky glass with a large ice ball inside. Garnish with a generous piece of grapefruit rind. Place cinnamon sticks which have been blow-torched under the glass dome to create flavoured smoke. Remove the container and add drink with cinnamon sticks to decorate and serve.

“We are all in need of a lift and should we be unable to raise our glasses in person, we can most certainly practice hard, for the time we can. I personally promise to work diligently to try each and every recipe and do my part to lift every spirit, be it rum, vodka, scotch or my personal favourite, gin. Wishing you a Happy New and may all your cocktail cabinets always be full.”

Anne Arrowsmith, Corporate General Manager 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts 

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3. Babylonstoren

Sprankel and Rose Geranium Mojito

Courtesy of Babylonstoren

250ml Babylonstoren plum and lemon cordial (or your favourite berry cordial)
One handful washed rose geranium leaves
Four limes cut into quarters 
250ml light rum 
1 bottle Babylonstoren Sprankel 
1 handful raspberries and cherries
Rose petals and nectarines for garnish

Place the cordial, rose geranium leaves and limes in a large pitcher and muddle well. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for 1–2 hours. Pour the mixture through a fine strainer and discard rose geranium and lime pieces. Pour rum and lots of ice into a serving glass jug and top with mixture. Add ice cold Sprankel just before serving. Fill each glass with the cocktail and garnish with fresh raspberries and cherries. Serve with white nectarine halves. Garnish with fresh rose leaves if you like.

“We’d like to wish all the visitors and friends of Babylonstoren a lovely and prosperous new year. May you relish the slower pace of the holidays with love – making time for the important things and enjoying a well-deserved rest.”

Dalene Claassens, Hotel Manager and Schalk Vlok, Executive Chef

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4. Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Hippo’s Revenge

Courtesy of Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana

50ml Amarula
25ml orange liqueur
25ml dark rum

Mix spirits and serve on the rocks. Perfect for late night stargazer around the fire.

“Like a charging hippo in full force, this beasty beauty packs a perfect punch! Happy New Year from Xaxaba Island, Botswana! We hope to see you soon.”

Ruth Mokgosi, Executive Chef

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5. Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Wild

The Leaf

Courtesy of Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia

60ml Seekers Mekong Dry Gin (or any dry gin)
25ml fresh lime juice
20ml sugar syrup
A handful of Khmer (or Thai) basil
One egg white
Five Kaffir lime leaves

Firstly, muddle the basil and lime juice in a shaker. Add whole white egg and the rest ingredients to dry shake. Add ice and shake again. Double strain into a champagne saucer glass. Garnish with Kaffir lime leaves.

“To all of our friends around the world, we wish you all a prosperous, happy and healthy 2021. All of us here in the jungles of Cambodia look forward to welcoming you to the Kingdom of Cambodia soon. Happy New Year.”

Jason Friedman, Director of Development and Product

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6. Carrier x The Sandpiper

Golden Jubilee Rum Punch

Courtesy of Carrier

45ml Mount Gay Eclipse rum
45ml Malibu rum 
90ml Mango Purée 
90ml Mango Juice 
One Lemon Wedge 
Golden cane sugar for the rim 

Wipe the rim of a martini glass with the lemon wedge then twist the glass in a small plate of the golden cane sugar. Combine the rums, mango purée and juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into the glass.

“Travel will return and bring joy again. Furthermore, we’re convinced it will come back better than ever – more meaningful, more thoughtful, more human. We’ve learnt a lot during this crisis and it we will make us better travellers too. Wishing everyone more joyful journeys ahead in 2021.”

Natasha Towey, Director of Marketing, Carrier

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7. Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé

The Jack Pine

Courtesy of Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé, Loire Valley, France

45ml Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack whisky
45ml Liqueur de Sapin
Fresh lime juice
Tonic water
Lemon peel 

Chill the whisky glass with ice. In a shaker, add ice, Liqueur de Sapin and whisky. Shake well and strain into the whisky glass with ice and add a splash of tonic water and lime juice. Add a lemon twist for the garnish.

This whisky-based cocktail is served in Jack Pines Bar, built in the former private chapel of Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay, a cheeky nod to our French-American partnership. Jacques Pinneau de Viennay translates directly to Jack Pine from the village of Viennay. ⁠So, from the Garden of France to yours, wishing you and your family health and happiness for 2021. À Votre Santé.”

Ludovic Poirier, Director

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8. Cliveden House

Prince of Wales Cocktail

Courtesy of Cliveden House, Berkshire, UK

25ml Cointreau noir 
10ml Maraschino 
Dash of Angostura bitters 

Take a champagne flute or coupé and add 25ml Cointreau noir. Slowly pour in the Maraschino. Add a small dash of Angostura bitters, depending on your preference. Top up with Champagne, preferably Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. 

“As our doors close temporarily at Cliveden, myself and Dash the labrador take up the role of Head of Security once again, ensuring the house and grounds are in tip-top shape for your return. We look forward to welcoming you back to Cliveden in the new year. In the meantime, enjoy our cocktail, named after Fredrick, Prince of Wales who lived here from 1737. Stay safe and stay well from our house to yours.”

Francisco Macedo, General Manager

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9. Domaine des Etangs

The Bourgoin Medicine

Courtesy of Domaine des Etangs

20ml Cognac
40ml Pineau des Charentes
80ml ginger beer

Simply combine, shake, and strain over ice.

“Celebrate this New Year’s Eve with a classic liquor cocktail. With only three ingredients this stripped back beverage promises an authentic taste of Southwestern France and is a perfect way to round off a difficult year and welcome a brighter 2021.” 

Vincenzo Laconis, General Manager

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10. The Dorchester

Old Tom Martinez

Courtesy of the Dorchester, London, UK

30ml Dorchester Old Tom gin or other
40ml Punt e Mes vermouth
10ml Maraschino Luxardo
Dash of Bokers bitter
Orange peel

The first step to creating The Martinez is to chill a martini glass, so when I pour the cocktail it won’t get a thermal shock. Our secret to perfecting the recipe is using our own Old Tom Gin, which is distilled by The City of London Distillery, and bitters created especially for The Dorchester.  I fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the gin and sweet vermouth, keeping in mind the gin will need to be three times the amount of the vermouth. Add a dash of maraschino liquor and the bitters, followed by a good shake. Remove the ice from the glass, strain and pour from the shaker. Cut a very thin orange zest and squeeze so the oils drip into the drink and if you wish you can rub along the rim of the glass. Then it is ready to enjoy.

“I have worked at The Dorchester as bar manager for almost 40 years and have been lucky enough to enjoy many New Year’s Eve celebrations at the hotel. Every year it is very comforting to welcome familiar faces who have come to see in the new year with us, and though this year will be different we are very much looking forward to 2021 and welcoming you back soon.” 

Giuliano Morandin, Bar Manager, The Bar at The Dorchester

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11. DUKES London

Royal Sidecar

Courtesy of DUKES LONDON, UK

50ml Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal Cognac
25ml Cointreau
25ml fresh lemon juice
Dash of Angostura bitters
Lemon zest

Freeze (at least) one coupe glass overnight, this avoids the use of ice which dilutes the taste. Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well until the outside feels cold, then strain into the frozen glass. Drop the Sacred dry vermouth into the glass. Top the glass up with the frozen vodka. Finish off with a large twist of zest of organic lemon from the Amalfi coast, squeeze the lemon zest to extract the fragrant oils. However, in these times of make-do-and-mend, whatever citrus fruit (or liquor brands) you have to hand will do.

“From the whole DUKES LONDON and DUKES Bar team, we wish you and your loved ones a very happy, prosperous and healthy New Year.”

Paul Skinner, General Manager & Alessandro Palazzi, Head Bartender

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12. Dutchess Tourism x Mirbeau Inn & Spa

The Spa Treatment

Courtesy of Dutchess Tourism, Rhinebeck, New York, USA

50ml Kettle One Botanical Cucumber Mint vodka
35ml strawberry puree
25ml of fresh lemon juice
20ml house-made mint simple syrup
Dash Prosecco
Rose petal

Shake and strain into a coup glass, topped with Prosecco and rose petal for garnish!

“The Spa Treatment is not only one of our most delicious cocktails but ties together the wonderful features of our resort’s actual spa offerings and Willow dining to celebrates our guests who are here for a special occasion. Wishing everyone health and happiness in the new year!”

Ed Kellogg, General Manager, Mirbeau Inn & Spa

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13. Hotel Esencia

Esencia Margarita

Courtesy of Hotel Esencia

45ml Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco
15ml simple syrup
25ml Cointreau 
60ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
One small rosemary sprig
5g of crushed ginger

Muddle rosemary, ginger and syrup. Add the tequila, Cointreau, juice and ice and shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker or similar Double strain and serve on the rocks in an Old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and a grapefruit peel twist.

“For my fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community, I’m delighted to share our ‘Esencia Margarita’ recipe to enjoy in lockdown whereever that may be. Can’t wait to celebrate in person on our quiet beach in Mexico during brighter days ahead!”

Kevin Wendle, Owner

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14. The Gainsborough Bath Spa

The Donday Martini

Courtesy of The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath, UK

50ml Don Julio Blanco tequila
25ml Cocchi Rosa vermouth
Orange twist to perfume

Pour liquids into cold cocktail shaker, over ice. Shake vigorously. Serve with an extracted orange twist.

“Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and we are looking forward to welcoming you to our beautiful hotel in the near future.”

Pei Leeng Yeoh, Marketing Manager, YTL Hotels UK

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15. Gleneagles Hotel

The Estate No-tini

Courtesy of Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, UK

60ml Seedlip Spice 94
25ml crushed frozen raspberries
5ml elderflower cordial
One frozen gooseberry

Mix all the ingredients and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a frozen gooseberry and enjoy straight away. For those who want the original gin cocktail in all its glory, substitute the Seedlip for South Loch raspberry gin, the crushed raspberries 12.5ml raspberry leaf infused vermouth and St. Germain liqueur instead of cordial.

“Usually, the estate martini is South Loch gin-based, inspired by Gleneagles and the surroundings of the hotel. When we created this cocktail we took inspiration from the flora around the resort. Despite the challenges that we all faced in 2020, the team at Gleneagles is grateful to our guests for all their ongoing support. We are very much looking forward to reopening in the new year, and to all the adventures we hope 2021 will bring.”

Conor O’Leary, General Manager, Gleneagles

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16. Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Tiramisù Espresso Martini

Courtesy of Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

30ml Vecchia Romagna Cognac
20ml Tia Maria
20ml Crème de Cacao
One espresso coffee
Cocoa powder
Savoiardi Biscuits also known as the lady’s finger biscuits
20ml freshly whipped double cream, to top 

Prepare a single espresso coffee – it’s essential to use while it’s still hot to get that creamy froth. Whip the cream and set aside. Shake the coffee, Tia Maria, Crème de Cacao and your cognac of choice. Strain into your glass, and gently top with the whipped cream. Garnish with plenty of cocoa powder over the cream,  Savoiardi biscuits as with a tiramisù, and enjoy immediately.

“What’s better than a Tiramisù (literally translated ‘cheer me up’) to end 2020? Let’s raise our glasses to old and future moments with us at Lake Como, to safe travels to come and to a better world ahead!”

Valentina de Santis, Owner

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17. Jumby Bay Island

Rum punch

Courtesy of Jumby Bay Island

120ml 5-year-old English Harbour rum
30ml fresh lime juice
Two dashes of Angostura bitters
30ml simple syrup
Fresh cinnamon powder
Pineapple and lime pieces

Muddle all ingredients together, excluding the cinnamon powder. Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker or similar. Serve over ice in a short glass and garnish with cinnamon powder, a slice of pineapple and one lime wheel or wedge.

“If we could capture sun rays, a sea breeze and the sound of tropical birds, we’d wrap it all up and gift it to you. Meanwhile we send you our wishes for a new year filled with the warmth of peaceful moments, the sounds of playful laughter and visions of the joys that still lay ahead.”

Aleksandra Vukojevic, Managing Director

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18. The Kensington

Classic Champagne Cocktail

Courtesy of The Kensington, London, UK

One brown sugar cube
Two dashes of bitters
15ml Rémy Martin VSOP cognac
100ml Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne

Build all ingredients in a champagne flute in the order listed above.

“Raise a glass of Champagne this New Year’s Eve, with a twist. This is a classic, refined cocktail to celebrate what we all hope will be a better and brighter year ahead.” 

Francesco Sardelli, General Manager

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19. Kimpton Surfcomber

The Black Crush

Courtesy of Kimpton Surfcomber, Miami, Florida, USA

3 blackberries
20ml freshly squeezed lime juice
25ml simple syrup
50ml vodka
Splash of Prosecco 
Mint sprig

Start by muddling blackberries in a shaker glass, add lime juice, add simple syrup, add vodka, add ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Pour everything from shaker in a glass, add rocks and splash of Prosecco at the end. Garnish with mint sprig.

While 2020 may have been a trying year in so many ways, 2021 is like a 365-page book with blank pages. The name of the book is “Opportunity,” let’s open and start writing each page with our own words. Happy New Year to all.” 

Mohan Koka, General Manager

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20. Le Petit St. Vincent

Goaties Hammer

Courtesy of Le Petit St. Vincent, The Grenadines

25ml dark rum
25ml vodka
25ml gin
25ml peace liqueur
75ml orange juice
50ml cranberry juice
10m fresh lime juice

Place all ingredients into shaker with crushed ice. Shake until cold. Pour into a tumbler, garnish with orange or lime slice, enjoy.

“Named for Noel “Goatie” Victory, the longest-serving employee at the all-inclusive enclave, this is no ordinary rum cocktail. The potent drink packs quite a punch, powered not only by dark rum but also by equal pours of vodka, gin and peach liqueur. The result is a libation that comes on strong and finishes even stronger. Here’s to a strong 2021!”

Matt Semark, General Manager

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22. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Virtues and Vices

Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, UK

7.5ml of pine-nut syrup
2 dashes of chocolate bitters
5ml of single malt whisky
40ml of Cognac

Stir and strain in a rock glass over an ice block and served in a cigar box with dry ice for a smoke effect.

“Every New Year is new hope that brings us light and love on the darkest days of the year. To a challenging present and a tough but well-remembered past. May 2021 be an extraordinary one – Happy New Year!”

Amanda Hyndman, Vice President, Operations and Group Director of Quality & Rooms

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23. The Marylebone

Elderflower Spritz

Courtesy of The Marylebone, London, UK

60ml Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto liqueur 
100ml London Essence bitter orange & elderflower tonic
50ml dry Prosecco

Build all ingredients in a large wine glass over cubed ice. Garnish with three olives.

“Transport yourself to Italy this New Year with an elegant Elderflower Spritz with a touch of zest and zing. An enlivening way to end a challenging 2020 and embrace the year ahead.” 

Paul Walters, General Manager

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24. Montague on the Gardens

The Uncle Montague

Courtesy of Montague on the Gardens, London, UK

50ml Uncle Nearest
25ml Grand Marnier
20ml Crème de Cacao Dark
2tsp Belgian chocolate sauce
Dehydrated orange slices dipped in chocolate

Shake all the ingredients together until well combined. Pour, garnish with the orange slices and serve. 

“As we draw together on New Year’s Eve, we bid a glad farewell to a year that has been one of the most challenging any of us have faced. One thing that we have learned is that the simple comforts can lift our spirits, and it is my hope that this little glass of indulgence can sprinkle its magic in your life as a New Year dawns. On behalf of the Montague team and myself I wish you all a New Year that is filled with a renewed joy in life.”

Dirk Crokaert, General Manager

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25. Morukuru Family

Sunny Day

Courtesy of Morukuru Family Madikwe and De Hoop, South Africa

50ml Amarula
25ml pineapple juice
15ml passion fruit cordial
50ml coconut cream

Put a few ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Add all ingredient and shake until well mixed. Pour out over the crushed ice. 

“2020 has been a very surreal year for everyone! We never thought that we would go through such trying times. As we draw the curtain on 2020, we look forward to a fresh start. We would like to wish you a prosperous, happy and healthy 2021. May all your hopes, dreams and travel wishes come true!”

Trevor van Laun and Louis Jansen van Vuuren, General Managers

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26. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Hawker Cocktail

Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand

45ml coconut oil Fat Washed tequila
20ml lemongrass syrup
15ml lime Juice
5ml coriander Bitters
30ml ginger Beer
2 pieces Kaffir lime leaf
Lemongrass stick

Shake and double strain with ice. Garnish with lemongrass stick and lime leaves.

“On behalf of the more than 1,000 colleagues at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, I would like to wish you a peaceful, happy and healthy New Year. For those of you who are unable to welcome the New Year at a Mandarin Oriental hotel, celebrating this holiday season with a self-made cocktail might be the next best thing. We hope that this popular recipe for our Hawker cocktail,  one of the signature cocktails at The Bamboo Bar, now ranked No. 35 on the World’s 50 Best Bars 2020, will take you back to Bangkok. Allow the flavours of exotic Thai herbs and fruit such as lemongrass, kaffir lime and coconut to soothe your soul. Treat yourself to a glass or two of our Hawker cocktail, proudly made by you, with jazz music playing in the background while staying at home this festive season.  We hope it adds some joy to your celebration.”

Anthony Tyler, General Manager

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27. Milaidhoo Island

The Passion

Courtesy of Milaidhoo Island, Maldives

One passionfruit
2tsp vanilla sugar
20ml fresh lime juice
25ml fresh orange juice
30ml passion fruit juice
Dash of orange bitters
Dash of vanilla essence
Orange peel, mint sprig and half passionfruit

Shake all ingredients and pour over crushed ice into a glass of choice. Garnish with orange peel, mint sprig and half passionfruit.

“From Milaidhoo Island Maldives we wish you a wonderful Festive Season and a Happy New Year 2021. Stay safe and healthy and I hope to welcome you to our small island one day soon.” 

Shuhan Ahmed, General Manager

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28. NIZUC Resort & Spa

IK Margarita

Courtesy of NIZUC Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico

50ml Silver Tequila Centenario
25ml of Habanero-infused simple syrup*
25ml fresh lime juice
20ml triple sec
Chilli powder and salt for rim
Lime wedge
Habanero sliver

*Habanero-infused simple syrup…
Combine one cup sugar and 1 cup of water in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Add the Habanero chilli and continue to heat, bringing the syrup to a light boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool and steep in the covered pan for an hour. Strain out the Habanero residue and bottle under a tight seal. Store in refrigerator, it should keep for about two weeks.

Rim your favourite glass with chilli powder and salt and set aside. Pour the tequila, lime juice, Habanero syrup and triple sec into a cocktail shaker, adding a handful of ice cubes. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Create your own rhythm, feel free to dance and have fun. Strain the preparation into the rimmed glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge and Habanero sliver.

“Warmest New Year’s wishes from NIZUC Resort & Spa! You can’t think about Mexico without thinking of the sun and a zesty margarita, so here is a recipe for our signature IK margarita. Watch out – there’s a little kick of Yucatan’s native habanero chilli on the rim. Saludos!”

Jaime Jaramillo, Managing Director

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29. Novikov Restaurant & Bar

Mr. Advocate

Courtesy of Novikov Restaurant & Bar, Mayfair, London, UK

35ml Cane Sugar Advocaat Liqueur 
35ml cognac 
25ml sherry (Amontillado or similar) 
10ml coconut cream
Grated nutmeg to garnish  

Mix ingredients together and serve in a Martini glass.

“Despite the unfortunate events of this year, I think we can be grateful for having been shown the things we take for granted. Cheers to 2021! Let’s make the most of even the little things!”

Gianfranco Iozzi, Senior Bartender

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30. Orania.Berlin

The Quarantita

Courtesy of Orania.Berlin, Germany

60ml Patron Reposado, or tequila of your choice
20ml simple syrup
30ml fresh pink grapefruit juice
15ml fresh lime juice
30ml Tegernseer Blonde or any blonde beer of your choice
½ tsp fresh chopped ginger
Pinch of smoky salt or regular sea salt
Grapefruit slice

Stir all liquids except the beer in a jar/container of ice. Top it with the beer, salt and ginger. Stir once again slowly. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.

“2020 – perfectly imperfect! Here’s to a great 2021 for all, from the team at Orania.Berlin.”

Jennifer Vogel, Hotel Manager and Laura Driftmann, Bar Manager

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31. Palácio Tangará

Save me! Save me!

Courtesy of Palácio Tangará, São Paulo Brazil

40ml Tío Pepe Fino Sherry
40ml Noilly Prat Vermouth
10ml St-Germain elderflower liqueur
10ml honey
Two dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters

Muddle all ingredients together, adding honey last, with ice – no need to shake. Strain and serve in a long Martini-style glass.

“The New Year may you get the opportunity to explore joy and lots of.  Wishing you a safe holiday season with the ones you love, enjoying the Save me! Save me! special cocktail from Palácio Tangará. Happy New Year ahead.”

Celso David do Valle, Managing Director

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32. Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa

The Puglia Martini

Courtesy of Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa, Ostuni, Italy

35ml vodka
7.5ml coffee liqueur
20ml almond syrup
One long espresso

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into martini glass.

“We believe that 2021 will be a year not just of hope, but prosperity and joy.  As the year ends, the desire for health, happiness and adventure is more prevalent than ever.  We will endeavour to keep delivering this to our guests in 2021 and immerse them in the reverie of Ostuni.  In the meantime, enjoy a taste of Italian escapism with our famous ‘Puglia Martini’, and we wish you a very Happy New Year!”

Pascale Lauber and Ulrike Bauschke, Owners

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33. Parks Canada

Raspberry Vinegar

Courtesy of Parks Canada

700ml frozen raspberry juice concentrate
2L water
100ml lemon juice
700ml frozen lemonade concentrate
2L soda water
200g whole frozen raspberries

In a large jug mix together the frozen raspberry juice concentrate, water, lemon juice and lemonade concentrate. Just before serving, add the soda water and frozen raspberries. Serve cold.

“After the first successful flight of the Silver Dart on February 23rd, 1909, a jubilant Alexander Graham Bell invited everyone back to his home to celebrate over sandwiches and one of his favourite drinks, Raspberry Vinegar, which was made with the wild raspberries that grow abundantly on Cape Breton Island. Perfect for a celebration, we hope it’s an omen for good times ahead.”

David Fairbanks, Chef, Algonquin College School of Hospitality and Tourism

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34. Pulitzer Amsterdam

The Governess

Courtesy of Pulitzer Amsterdam, the Netherlands

40ml Porter’s Tropical Old Tom or a different gin 
30ml fresh lemon juice
15ml white grapefruit tea Oleo or Monin red grapefruit syrup
50ml Fevertree tonic
50ml Fevertree soda
Citrus powder

Build all ingredients in a long drink glass with ice cubes and top off with Fevertree soda and Fevertree tonic. Stir a little and garnish with citrus powder.

“Get ready to stir things up this New Year’s and become a Pulitzer’s Bar bartender. As you can’t visit right now, we thought we’d bring the bar to you. Our current menu is inspired on Agatha Christie’s best-known crime novel, Murder on the Orient Express. Each drink carries the name of one of the characters, and the ingredients as well as the taste notes reflect the characteristics of the novel characters in the drink. Cheers and Happy New Year!”

Andrei Talapanescu, Head Bartender, Pulitzer’s Bar

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35. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The Regent Seven Seas

Courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises

50ml Absolut Raspberry vodka
25ml Apricot Brandy liqueur
25ml Sweet and sour mix
5-6 fresh red grapes

Smash the grapes in a shaker glass before adding the other ingredients. Shake and strain into the glass.

“In better times, each of our fleet of five elegant ships have their own distinctly flavoursome and complimentary cocktails which reflect the unique personality of each luxurious vessel. We can’t wait for you to join us back onboard to taste them for yourselves when the time comes to do so again.”

Nicolas Gregori, Marketing Director

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36. Rockliffe Hall

The Cherry Bellini

Courtesy of Rockliffe Hall, County Durham, UK

12.5ml cherry liqueur
25ml cherry juice
100ml Prosecco

Add cherry juice and cherry liqueur to a Champagne flute and top with Prosecco.

“We hope you enjoy creating your signature Rockliffe Hall New Year cocktail. We can’t wait to welcome you to our Victorian stately home in Northern England in 2021, where you can see if your cocktails are as good (or better!) than our experts’. All best wishes for the new year.”

Jason Adams, Managing Director, Rockliffe Hall

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37. Rosewood London

The Scarfes Bar Old Fashioned

Courtesy of the Rosewood London, UK

60ml bourbon
2.5ml brown sugar syrup
4 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes orange bitters

Stir all ingredients together. Pour into short glass with ice-block. Garnish with orange zest and a cherry.

“Wishing all of the OutThere Travellers a very happy and prosperous New Year from the entire team at Rosewood London.”

Michael Bonsor, Managing Director

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38. Savoy Palace Madeira

Space Truck

Courtesy of Savoy Palace Madeira, Portugal

35ml hazelnut-infused gin
35ml Campari
35ml Medium Rich 3 years old Madeira wine
Orange zest, for garnish
Salted caramel candy, to serve alongside (optional)

Fill an Old-fashioned glass ice cubes and set aside. Add the gin, Campari and Madeira to a mixing glass, add ice and stir for 30 seconds until well chilled. Remove the ice cubes from the Old-fashioned glass and add a large ice sphere. Strain to the cocktail into the glass, garnish with the orange peel, and serve with the salted caramel candy if it’s on hand.

“We all know that 2020 was a different year, the world has changed and what was obvious is not anymore. Now it is time to turn the page, and welcome 2021 with renewed hope. We are eager to thank you for your trust and appreciation towards our company and team. In the New Year, we will be signing new stories of hope. May our new stories be lived by you and your loved ones. Happy Holidays & a gentle and bright 2021!”

José Pereira, Director General

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39. The Setai, Miami Beach

Chilli Passion Martini

Courtesy of The Setai, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

60ml light rum
30ml passion fruit nectar
30ml cranberry juice
30ml fresh orange juice
15ml simple syrup
¼ teaspoon bottled ginger juice
Seeds from one fresh red chilli
Sliver of one fresh chilli, to garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the chilli sliver. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the chilli sliver.

As this challenging year comes to a close, we at The Setai, Miami Beach wish you and your loved ones good health and all the best for the new year. I look forward to personally welcoming back you back in 2021, where a Chilli Passion Martini will be waiting for you, defining our East meets West retreat.”

Alex Furrer, General Manager

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40. The SIS Kata

Tea in style

Courtesy of The SIS Kata, Phuket, Thailand

30ml Thai Mekong whisky
75ml SIS homecrafted ‘4’ Thai teas – or any black tea
14ml simple syrup
5g tapioca pearl beads
Lemon slice

Add all ingredients except the pearl beads and lemon into mixing glass or shaker. Pour some ice into the shaker and hard shake. Strain into a balloon glass and top with pearl beads. Garnish with yellow lemon slice.

“Cheers from Phuket, Thailand. From all our team here at The SIS Kata, Phuket to all OutThere readers and families may we wish you a peaceful New Year and cheers to a more successful 2021. Stay safe, stay positive and stay Proud!”

Matt C Hindmarch, Director of Hotel & Resorts, AKSARA

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41. Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London

Coconut & Cocoa

Courtesy of Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London, UK

45ml coconut milk washed Hennessy VSOP
20ml cocoa nibs infused Bitter Blend
20ml Palo Cortado sherry
Ice chunk
White chocolate and coconut shard

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 10 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and then add an ice chunk. Garnish with a white chocolate and coconut shard and enjoy!

“There’s no doubt that New Year’s Eve will be a little different for many of us this year. I think now more than ever it is a good time to get together with family and friends – whether in person or virtually – to share in the things we would usually celebrate at this time as joy, family and a new beginning.”

Kurt Macher, General Manager

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42. Tourism Authority of Thailand

Sabai Sabai

Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand / Go Thai Be Free

35ml Mekhong Thai spirit
35ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
20ml simple sugar syrup
One pinch of sweet Thai basil (chopped roughly)
Soda water

Take a mixing glass and pour in the Mekhong (or substitute whisky). Add all of the other ingredients with the exception of the club soda. Then add some ice cubes and shake vigorously for 7 or 8 seconds to blend the mixture. Use a cocktail strainer to pour the drink into a chilled cocktail glass or long glass and top-up with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a sprig of Thai basil.

“A cultural concept, there is no literal translation of ‘Sabai’. This Thai word encapsulates relaxation, happiness, peace, contentment and comfort. It reflects the pace of life in Thailand and it’s a feeling I wish for you. We have a saying: After the storm the air is fresh, the sky is clear and we can enjoy good times in the park. After a turbulent 2020 we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy our Kingdom, in all its spectacular natural and cultural glory, and feeling ‘Sabai jai’ – a comfortable heart. Chi-yo! (Cheers!)”

Khun Chiravadee Khunsub, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) London

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43. Tourism Whistler x Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Winter’s Blush

Courtesy of Tourism Whistler, Canada

80ml Seedlip Spice 94
25ml fresh lemon juice
25ml cranberry syrup
Top with Fevertree Sicilian lemonade
Star anise, cinnamon and cranberries

Serve in a gin balloon, garnished with star anise, cinnamon stick and 3x cranberries.

“Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. However you’re celebrating, we hope you have a good one, with love from all of us in Whistler.”

Tania Sear, Travel Manager

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44. University Arms

The Bloomsbury no-Boozer

Courtesy of University Arms, Cambridge, UK

50ml Seedlip Spice 94
20ml Elderflower Cordial
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker (or a large jam jar with lid). Shake vigorously over ice. Strain into a martini glass.

“The Bloomsbury no-Boozer, usually served with Cambridge Dry Gin, takes inspiration from the boozy student days of the Bloomsbury Set; including Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and E.M.Forster who met in Cambridge. It’s the perfect NYE tipple to mix at home; fresh, fruity and packing a punch. We, at University Arms and Parker’s Tavern, will be raising a glass or two to mark the end of a challenging year; here’s to a better and brighter 2021 for all!”

Tristan Welch, Chef Director, Parker’s Tavern

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45. Visit West Hollywood x The London West Hollywood

Mondo Rouge

Courtesy of Visit West Hollywood, California, USA

25ml El Sativo Blanco tequila
10ml fresh lemon juice
10ml light agave syrup
25ml fresh blood orange juice
3 dashes of Angostura bitters 
Your champagne of choice
Grated cinnamon bark 

Add tequila, lemon, agave syrup, orange juice and bitters into a shaker with ice. Shake and fine strain into a flute. Top-up with champagne. Bring out oils of a blood orange and garnish with grated cinnamon bark.

“A passionate cocktail means so much in a fragmented world. It reminds us to stay passionate about our joys and experiences. This is perfect celebration drink. Happy New Year from all of us in the city of West Hollywood, California.”

Piero Procide, F&B Director, The London West Hollywood

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