Cocktails have made their way from signature party drinks to the most gabbed-about items at bars and restaurants around the world. Impeccably blended with ingredients such as fresh cucumber, elderflower syrup and citron vodka in one, and raspberry jam, vanilla vodka and popping candy in another, mixology has quickly become an art. For cocktail connoisseurs, these unique blends are nothing short of noteworthy. And if you travel the world, you’re likely going to want to make a stop at the birthplaces of these drinks. Take note of them, so when you quench your wanderlust, you can quench your thirst, too.
Forget the classics when it comes to cocktails, we’re rounded up 14 incredible mixes you can sip around the globe. From a cocktail topped with cotton candy to one filled with liquor-infused pearls, check out these delicious cocktails you probably didn’t know existed.
14 Wham Bam Thank You Jam
Created at The Jam Tree in the charming district of Clapham, London the Wham Bam Thank You Jam consists of Cariel vanilla vodka, black raspberry Chambord and passion fruit Passoa, with raspberry jam and sour mix topped with popping candy. That’s a whole lot of sugar for one cocktail, which is sure to hide the sting of the vodka.
13 The Sumo Bloody Mary
Hail whoever invented this cocktail. If you had a few too many drinks last night, this boozy beast is sure to have you back and kicking as you sip your way through brunch. This 32 oz. Bloody Mary comes with Chinese broccoli, oshinko, braised pork belly, roasted potatoes, 3 wonderful slices of bacon and much much more. This beautiful monster can be ordered from Sunda's, a restaurant located in Chicago. Oh and the price tag for this wonder is $40.
12 The Sahara Martini
This South African martini looks too good to resist! If you’re a fan of caramel, chocolate and vanilla, this one’s definitely for you. The Amarula cream liquor is made from the popular and tasty African marula fruit, and with the addition of vodka, Frangelico and chocolate shavings, this sweet martini is a must-try.
11 Magic Mojito
At Bar Centro in Las Angeles, you can get the magic mojito for $17. Made with rum, bitters, lime and mint, the surprise comes with a topping of cotton candy. The cotton candy magically dissolves into the drink, giving the mojito a super sweet edge.
10 Earl Grey Caviar Martini
Earl grey and alcohol? The two are a questionable match, but this concoction is absolutely exquisite. The martini boasts earl grey tea caviar formulated by the flavours of fresh cucumber, freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, apple juice, elderflower syrup, Cointreau, and Absolut Citron Vodka. The airy earl grey foam is made with soy lecithin, and you can get your hands on it at Quinary cocktail bar in Hong Kong.
If you’re craving a cider-like cocktail, make your way to The Avery in Chicago. Served in custom-designed glass porthole infusers, their cocktails are anything but ordinary. A combination of sliced apples, ginger, apple brandy, hibiscus, sage, thyme, and more, the “Cider” is a flavourful fusion you’ll love.
8 Bubble Bath Martini
Feel relaxed after you sip on a bubble bath martini, made with lychee, poppy seed and lavender-flavoured liquor. The bubbly drink even comes with a little rubber duck floating on top. You can sip on it at Lounge Bohemia in London.
7 North African Nutmeg
This exotic concoction offers a unique blend of fragrant flavours. Ginger ale, vodka, Chambord liquor and Elderflower Cordial are mixed together for a nutmeg-like sip. Enjoy it as you relax the day away.
6 Doug Laming’s Margarita
This Sydney-based Margarita is infused with pearls of booze that burst in your mouth. A creation of molecular mixology, the drink’s inventor, Doug Laming uses a Cointreau Caviar Spherification kit to create the alcohol filled pearls. You can find it at the Rabbit Hole Bar for $11.
5 Prairie Oyster
Drinking this cocktail will be much like slurping an oyster, expect with an extra punch. Made with typical oyster garnishes and served in a shell-shaped glass, you may never be able to go back to a regular oyster again! A combination of tomato yolk, horseradish vodka, oloroso sherry, shallots, pepper sauce, celery salt and micro herbs, you can slurp this up at 69 Colebrook Row in London.
4 White Cosmopolitan
At Daniel in New York City, this cosmo comes with a twist. A fusion of vodka, white cranberry juice and St. Germain elderflower liqueur, the real treat comes with what’s floating inside the glass. The bartenders at Daniel freeze an orchid into a perfectly rounded sphere of ice that sits in your drink like a magenta globe. Pretty and tasty, the White Cosmopolitan is as classy as they come.
3 The Flaming Volcano
Yes, the drink lives up to its name. The flaming volcano is a blend of vodka, simple syrup, a secret mix of liqueurs that create an orange flavor, and an apricot with 151-proof rum on its tip. Light the tip and the drink is quickly engulfed in flames. For $10, you can see and sip this cocktail at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwuakee; just don’t try this at home.
2 Sparkling Ginger
This cool cocktail literally sparkles as you drink it. Champagne, Cointreau, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and dehydrated ginger puree is the blend that makes it possible. When the dehydrated ginger puree fuses with the bubbly, sparkles emerge within the glass. See it in all its glory at Bar Dupont in Washington.
1 Gunpowder Plot
This Syndey-born creation mixes gunpowder tea spiked gin, gunpowder syrup, dandelion and burdoch bitters, fernet branca, egg white and fresh citrus. An explosive combination, the drink boasts a powerful punch sure to be enjoyed by many. Treat yourself at The Powder Keg for $18.