The Middle East is home to some of the most delicious and exotic cocktails in the world. If you’re looking to expand your cocktail repertoire, then these five drinks are a great place to start – you can even try them in the heart of Melbourne by swinging by MAHA Bar.
1. Arak Sour
The Arak Sour is a refreshing twist on the classic Whiskey Sour. It’s made with arak, an anise-flavoured spirit that’s popular in the Middle East. To make an Arak Sour, simply combine 2 ounces of arak with 3/4 ounce of lemon juice and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice.
2. Levante Spritz
The Levante Spritz is a delightful combination of sweet and sour flavours. It’s made with Aperol, prosecco, and lemon juice. To make a Levante Spritz, combine 1 ounce of Aperol, 4 ounces of prosecco, and 1/2 ounce of lemon juice in a glass filled with ice. Stir well and enjoy!
3. Turkish Coffee Martini
This martini is a coffee lover’s dream come true! It’s made with vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur, and chocolate syrup. To make a Turkish Coffee Martini, combine 2 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce of espresso, 1 ounce of coffee liqueur, and 1/2 ounce of chocolate syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with coffee beans or grated chocolate and enjoy!
4. Rosewater Gin Fizz
This unique drink is perfect for those who love floral flavours. It’s made with gin, rosewater syrup, lime juice, and seltzer water. To make a Rosewater Gin Fizz, combine 2 ounces of gin, 1/2 ounce of rosewater syrup, 3/4 ounce of lime juice, and 4 ounces of seltzer water in a glass filled with ice. Stir well and enjoy!
5. Hemingway Daiquiri
Named after Ernest Hemingway, this classic cocktail is perfect for any occasion. It’s made with rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice, maraschino liqueur, and simple syrup. To make a Hemingway Daiquiri, combine 2 ounces of rum, 3/4 ounce of lime juice, 3/4 grapefruit juice, 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur, 1/2 ounce simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a lime wedge if desired. Cheers!
Whether you’re looking for something refreshing or something unique, there’s sure to be a Middle Eastern cocktail that fits your taste. So next time you’re planning happy hour, be sure to give one (or all!) of these cocktails a try. Salut!