All over the world, drinks have been reaching new heights with atypical ingredients and absurd garnishes.
Even when you think you’ve seen it all, there will always be that cocktail that surpasses even your wildest dreams. Here are five cocktails that will make you gasp, giggle, or do a double take:
– Barton G, Miami & Los Angeles
Sure, we’ve heard of nitrogen in cocktails, but how about a nitrogen-Champagne popsicle that sits in your martini glass as you drink? With orange vodka and watermelon liqueur, plus a chocolate monkey garnish, the Sabrinatini is a drink that you just have to try to believe it yourself.
Chicken Fried Bloody Mary
– Sobelman’s Pub & Grill, Milwaukee
We could go into the details about the contents of the Bloody Mary cocktail at Sobelman’s, but that would be entirely missing the point. But never fear, that’s pretty much impossible when presented with this epic pitcher in person, because its garnish is no less than an entire fried chicken flanked by skewers of cheeseburger sliders and bacon-wrapped jalapeño cheeseballs.
– Gigi’s, London
One way to achieve over-the-top status is by mere cost, and at the opening of Gigi’s in London, they created a cocktail for Grace Jones that did just that. It’s literally one of the most expensive cocktails in the world at £8,888. Of course, the ingredients have to justify the price. 1990 vintage Cristal, 1888 Samalens Vieille Relique Vintage Bas Armagnac, and a topping of gold leaf do just that.
– Sugar Factory American Brasserie, New York
There’s no mistaking that the cocktails at Sugar Factory are on the sweet side, but would you believe that there are gummi bears floating in your Energy Bear drink? Watermelon vodka serves as the base, combined with other spirits and tropical fruits. But the float of Red Bull on top takes the “vodka-Redbull” order to a whole new level.
The Inception Shot
– Boston Pizza, Banff, Alberta, Canada
The Inception Shot is more like many bombs and shots in one – all with a Jäger Bomb in the center. The flaming shot of Grand Marnier is blown out and downed by the partaker, thereby dropping the shot of Jägermeister into the pint of Red Bull. Of course, you’re not done yet – until you down the last pint glass filled with Parrot Bay rum dunked in the pitcher of OJ. Best done not on a full stomach, since you’ll essentially be full of a huge variety of liquids. But at least you’ll be getting your daily dose of Vitamin C.