We’ve all heard of a Tequila Sunrise or a Screwdriver, but what about some of the more creative and obscure cocktails out there? Next time you have a party, impress your friends by making one of these lesser known, obscure cocktails.
1. A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea –It’s not often that you find a cocktail with an 11 word name! This creation by Paul McGee from Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago contains Rhum J.M. Agricole Blanc, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, Old Port Deluze Matured Rum, Pineapple juice, Lime juice, Demerara Syrup and La Colombe Pure Black Cold Press Coffee.
2. The Bone– This rough and ready cocktail includes Wild Turkey rye or bourbon, fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, Tabasco sauce in a chilled tall shot glass.
3. The Horsefeather –A simple highball drink that is made with rye whiskey, ginger beer, bitters and lemon juice and has a bold, spicy flavour.
4. Aviation Cocktail –When you combine Plymouth gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice and Luxardo maraschino liqueur you will have this refreshing cocktail that really highlights the taste of the gin.
5. Basil Fawlty– Served at Oskar’s Bar in London, this extremely British drink includes elderflower, meadowsweet, basil, lemon, apple and Beefeater gin.
6. The Vancouver –Named after the Western Canadian metropolis, this drink was created at Vancouver’s famous Sylvia Hotel in the 1950s. It consists of gin, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, orange bitters and a lemon peel garnish.
7. Death in the Afternoon –Ernest Hemingway invented this cocktail, which consists of a jigger of absinthe poured into a champagne glass.
8. The Bend Over Shirley– This is similar to a Shirley Temple – but all grown up. Mix together raspberry vodka and cubed ice then add Sprite and grenadine and garnish with cherries.
9. Brazilian Breakfast– This tropical inspired cocktail served at London’s Purple Bar is made with fresh pinapple juice, Homemade Barcardi Gold buttered rum, Pimento dram, fresh lime juice, orgeat syrup and a dash of orange water.
10. The Forgotten Tonic– You won’t forget the refreshing and yummy taste of this drink, containing Kummel Wolfschidmt liqueur, Bols Genever, Bob’s cardamom bitters, Fever-free tonic water, orange zest and ice cubes.
11. Peanut Butter and Jelly –The classic American sandwich is transformed into an alcoholic drink. It contains Flor de Cana 7 year rum, Lustau Palo Cortado Vides sherry, Strawberry jam, Peanut syrup and an egg white, with a banana for a garnish.
13. Adonis– Sherry cocktails are coming back into vogue, so try this mix of sherry, sweet vermouth and orange bitters, garnished with a twist of lemon.
14. The Bold Bruschetta –A drink that’s almost an appetizer, containing vodka, olive juice, a basil leaf, three cherry tomatoes, a slice of garlic, a lemon wedge, salt and black pepper.
15. Income Tax –No one really knows where and when this cocktail originated, but it’s perfect for soothing the headaches that come with dealing with your finances. It’s a mixture of gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, freshly squeezed orange juice and Angostura bitters topped with an orange wheel.
16. Aphrodite Kiss- This yummy cocktail was created by Forty Four Bar at Royalton in New York. Its sweet taste consists of passion fruit, pineapple, maraschino, Galliano, Absolut Elyx vodka, lemon juice and a dash of Aphrodite bitters – served with a nutmeg garnish.
17. Burnt Fuselage –This one was popular in 1920s Paris. Add VSOP-grade cognac, Grand Marnier, French white vermouth and stir with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add lemon peel.
18. Red Velvet Shortcake –For those nights when you want to drink your dessert, try this cocktail. Muddle some strawberries in a shaker and then add lemon juice and Red Velvet ZING Vodka. Shake and strain into a glass with ice and top with cream soda.
19. Fountain of Youth –Feel young again for a night as you bring this fruity martini made from Russian Standard Vodka, pomegranate juice and thinly sliced ginger.
20. Fish House Punch –This strangely named cocktail originated in a fishing club in Philadelphia and is made with peach brandy, cognac and rum, searched in a punch bowl with lemon slices.
21. Blood and Sand -This sweet and heavy drink is perfect for sipping in the winter, as it contains orange juice, Glenlivet scotch, cherry liqueur and sweet vermouth.
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Sam’s flair for crafting exquisite cocktails was first showcased on the competitive bartending circuit, where he clinched numerous accolades.
Sam possesses a deep knowledge of whiskeys, rums, gins and various niche spirits. He now travels around Asia advising bars and hotels on cocktail menu design and inventing new drinks tasting experiences.