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Embrace Locally Sourced Ingredients for Exquisite Cocktails

Impress your guests by serving one-of-a-kind cocktails featuring locally sourced ingredients with these inspired tips and recipes from around the world.


Estimated reading time: 5 Minutes

As with food menus, the use of local ingredients in cocktails has become a mainstay of cocktail innovation and creativity and customers want to enjoy the taste of local ingredients that are exclusive to their location. We traveled the globe to find out how top bartenders are using local ingredients to inspire their menus.

Rebecca Quinonez, Drinks Industry Consultant, USA

Using local ingredients is a brilliant way of identifying with individual cities and markets and telling the story of their culture, heritage, and traditions. In Miami, we’re seeing a renaissance of the classics such as the Old Fashioned, Boulevardier, and Hemingway Daiquiri, otherwise known by locals by Julio Cabrera’s other name “Papa Doble”.

Din Hassan, Experienced Beverage Manager, Singapore

I started to use local flavors when I set up Bitter & Love bar with Steve Leong and Eugene Chua. We started to use local flavors because these ingredients were easy to source and soon we started to see lots of bars doing the same thing.

Chris Strong, Bar Manager, Dubai

In terms of cocktails, the UAE is still very young and is still finding its feet in terms of a national drink; however, the trend leads towards long and refreshing drinks, using heavy citrus flavors and also a lot of local fresh fruit. Camel’s milk is one that really surprised me as an ingredient in the Middle East. It is a product that is amazing in a White Russian and adds a totally different dynamic to a Ramos Gin Fizz in terms of texture and flavor.

James Fowler, Award-Winning Bar Owner, UK

I love seeing diversity on menus and local ingredients which really showcase specialist flavors. It is great to support local producers and involve them in the drinks industry. The UK has some great foraged wild ingredients and I love using seaweeds, rock samphire, and wild mushrooms.


  • Local ingredients add a unique and inviting twist to your cocktail menu and provide an excellent heritage story for guests.
  • Sourcing local ingredients is a great, sustainable way to collaborate with and support local producers.
  • With a bit of exploration and foraging in local surroundings, you can uncover a whole world of delicious and flavorful ingredients.