Around the world in 3 signature drinks

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Drinking and holidays go together quite well, don't you think? There's a certain romance to sipping a cocktail in a strange city, and there's no better way to make friends than to buy a round for your fellow travelers.

The Singapore Sling

Invented in the early 20th century by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon while working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore. The cocktail is essentially a sweet red concoction which comprises pineapple juice, gin, and Cointreau, among other ingredients.

While the atmosphere is a little contrived and the drink is overpriced and mass-produced to cope with demand, there really isn't a better place to sample this than at the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Tourists pack the colonial-inspired bar where they can munch on peanuts and toss the shells on the polished floorboards while imbibing their $30 cocktail.

The Martini

This famous drink, made traditionally with gin, dry vermouth and garnished with an olive was invented in the US and probably gained its fame thanks for Ian Fleming's James Bond. For the classic (and anti-Bond) experience, have it stirred, not shaken.

The bar at the iconic Algonquin Hotel in New York serves up the world's most expensive martini. At $1000, the 'Martini on the Rock' is strictly for the rich and, perhaps, the crazy. It's a regular martini except for the replacement of the olive with a half-carat diamond. While you're there, look out for New York's oldest bartender, Hoy Wong. He was still serving drink at age 94 at last count.

The Piña Colada

Legend has it that Piña Colada was invented by Caribe Hilton's bartender, Ramón 'Monchito' Romero, after three months of experimentation. The original recipe included white rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut. Puerto Rico's government recognized its contribution to the world at large by declaring it the national drink in 1978.

Head to the Oasis Bar at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan. While it's now missing all the glamour and tiki-chic of the heady '50s, it is the birthplace of the piña colada.

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