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A growing trend right now is the use of local ingredients in cocktails. As with food menus, more and more customers are wanting to see local ingredients on drink menus and try something new and exclusive to that location. We travelled the globe to find out what local ingredients top bartenders are using.


Rebecca Quinonez, Diageo Global Brand Ambassador for RON ZACAPA™

I think the trend towards localization is brilliant. Using local ingredients is a way of identifying with individual cities and markets and telling the story of their culture, heritage and traditions.

In my hometown of Miami, cocktails are incredibly trendy and we’re experiencing a renaissance of the classics, paying homage to the likes of Old Fashioned, Boulevardier and the Hemingway Daiquiri, or as locals in Miami like to call Julio Cabrera’s other name “Papa Doble”

Local ingredients you use in cocktails:

Miami is a unique city with much of our gastronomy and mixology influenced by our strong Caribbean and Latin American culture. Cocktails will often incorporate ingredients inspired by Caribbean cuisine such as plantain garnishes. Tropical fruits, such as papaya and guava, are also extremely popular and are used to enhance recipes and make variations or more exotic twists on traditional cocktails like pina coladas, daiquiris and even cocktails inspired by and incorporating local Hispanic desserts, such as Dolce de Leche.



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Din Hassan, Bar Owner and Brand Ambassador for SingBev

I started to use local flavors in my bar in Singapore. We started to use local flavors because these ingredients were easy to source and soon we started to see lots of bars doing it. I believe this trend will continue to grow, as more and more people want to try local flavors.

Local ingredients you use in cocktails:

Rose syrup with milk (Bandung), chocolate flavor energy drinks, chicken rice stocks and chili crab paste.




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.

Local ingredients you use in your cocktails:

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, Bar owner and UK World Class winner 2014

I love seeing diversity on menus and local ingredients which really showcase new and specialist flavors. It is great to support local producers and involving them in the drinks industry. Customers also love to taste and see local influences.

Local ingredients you use in your cocktails:

The UK has some great foraged wild ingredients. Our countryside and remote areas produce some really unique ingredients. I love using seaweeds, rock samphire and wild mushrooms.



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