As the booze industry continues to spread its spirited wings, pockets of cocktail creativity are opening up worldwide. Cities known for their mixology prowess like New York and London are finding themselves in new company, with cities like Cape Town and Singapore making a case for their fledgling cocktail cultures.
According to Euromonitor, over the past five years consumption of spirits has risen by 26 percent in Africa and the Middle East, 15 percent across Asia and 22 percent in China alone. This is in no small part thanks to the nomadic lifestyle of today’s bartenders, who frequently pack up their bags of mixology tricks to travel the globe in search of inspiration, peppering the planet with ideas as they go.
Here, a look at some of the new cocktail hubs around the world and the bartenders putting those cities on the map.