(CNN) — Another Friday the 13th is upon us. In of world of troubles, who needs that?
Fortunately for the superstitious among us (at least those who might like an adult beverage every so often), May 13 is also World Cocktail Day 2022.
What better way to stay in good spirits than having a delicious drink or two to ward off any bad luck?
You don’t have to wait for the Kentucky Derby to enjoy a Mint Julep.
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Juleps — mint and sugar stirred with crushed ice and spirits like bourbon and rum — have been a staple of the US South since the early 1800s.
The link between juleps and the racetrack dates back to at least the 1820s, when references appear to sterling silver julep cups being awarded as trophies to first-place jockeys.
“It ties together two of Kentucky’s most well-known industries: horse racing and bourbon,” said Chris Goodlett, senior curator of collections at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
At Chipe Libre in Santiago, Chile, bartenders mix with pisco from both Chile and Peru.
The Pisco Sour is a classic South American cocktail. And like so many food and beverage favorites, it has a long, disputed history behind its creation.
With a lively mixture of tangy citrus and earthy pisco that practically dances across the tongue, of course everyone wants credit.
Chipe Libre Pisco Sour
3 ounces pisco brandy
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
Combine the ingredients in a mixing tin, fill it with ice, shake hard and strain in a chilled glass.
The Hurricane David delivers a punch.
The cocktail Hurricane David — named after a 20th century storm — is as strong and powerful as its namesake.
1 ounce strong white rum (Wray & Nephew brand if you can find it)
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce dark rum
½ ounce Kahlua
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake hard and serve in a rocks glass on ice with a lime wedge.
The mojito is a staple of Miami nightlife.
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This rum-based highball is the unofficial trademark drink of Florida’s “Magic City.”
A trip to Miami wouldn’t be complete without a glass of minty magic on a rooftop bar. Back in 2017, CNN went to Miami to learn mojito secrets from the master, Grammy-winner producer and musician Emilio Estefan.
Estefan’s edition uses four local limes, a sprig of mint and homemade sugar syrup. The ingredients are mixed together, and Estefan is generous with the rum (see the video at the top of this story). But it’s the sugarcane that he pinpoints as the key ingredient.
Benedictine / Monte Carlo
Will a Monte Carlo join the status of “popular drink” in your social circle?
Go international in your liquor cabinet, and you’ll have the world in your hand. And while renowned for wine, the French know a thing or deux about cocktails as well.
Benedictine is a French liqueur that’s been around half a millennium. It’s a digestif made with nearly 30 herbs. While the exact blend is a secret, angelica, hyssop and lemon balm are in it. Try it in a Monte Carlo.
2 ounces of rye whisky
½ ounce of Benedictine
A couple of dashes of Angostura bitters.
The Singapore Sling has been around more than 100 years.
courtesy Raffles Singapore
The original recipe is lost, but a more recent one given by the Raffles’ head barman back in 2015 features:
Cherry brandy (15ml)
DOM Benedictine (7.5ml)
Angostura bitters (dash)
Pineapple juice (120ml)
Lime juice (15ml)
Shake well and strain into glasses filled with ice.
Next chance to drink
And if you have to miss out on all the Friday May 13 cocktail fun, you’ll soon have another excuse to raise a glass. World Whisky Day is Saturday, May 21.
Christopher Ross, Elizabeth Wallace, Francesca Street, Lia Picard and Gillian Rhys contributed to this article with previous reporting.