October 07, 2014
The typical cocktails are usually made up of a base spirit, a few mixers, and perhaps a garnish or two to top things off. But then there are some daring cocktails made with such a noxious combo of booze and other ingredients that they're down right dangerous. These drinks aren't for the faint of heart-- or liver.
1. The Hurl Hurl
This cocktail may look sweet and innocent in a chilled cocktail glass, but after taking a sip you'll soon realize that this drink is almost entirely made up of alcohol. One part each of Amaretto, cranberry juice, crème de banane, Malibu rum, melon liqueur, peach schnapps, raspberry liqueur, Southern Comfort and triple sec are combined in a shaker filled with ice, then strained into a cocktail glass or poured over ice. This drink can be served as an actual drink, or as a fairly aggressive shot.
2. The Zombie
Known as one of the most potent drinks out there, The Zombie not only has a high alcohol content, it has an even higher sugar content, making it even more dangerous. Pineapple juice, orange juice, apricot brandy, sugar, light rum, dark rum and lime juice are all blended together, while Bacardi 151 floats on top.
3. The Vaportini
The Vaportini is considered dangerous, not so much for what's in it, but how you drink it. To down this cocktail, spirits are heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, then inhaled through a straw, resulting in a much more intense high than that of a regularly sipped drink. Supporters say the alcoholic vapor enters the bloodstream quickly through the lungs, and bypasses the stomach and liver, so users avoid a traditional hangover and calories. But health experts warn that alcohol vapor is potent and studies still need to be on alcoholic vapor on the brain. Some lawmakers are considering banning the vapor-making devices.
4. The Tequila Blue Blazer
The Tequila Blue Blazer should be made with a fire extinguisher close at hand. This drink is so dangerous because you're essentially juggling flames. In one metal pitcher, 1 oz of Reposado tequila and 2 oz of mezcal are combined. In a second metal pitcher is 2 oz of boiling water. The tequila pitcher is then lit using a long lighter, until the alcohol catches on fire. It is then poured into the boiling water pitcher and passed back and forth until thoroughly combined. The flame is then put out by covering the top of the pitcher so no more oxygen can get inside. Lime juice and a few dashes of bitters are added to complete the drink. After it cools a bit, it's served it in a brandy-snifter style glass. But please don't try this at home.
5. Corpse Reviver #2
At South Wark, a bar in downtown Philadelphia, the Corpse Reviver #2 is by far one of the deadliest cocktails on the menu. Made with gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, lemon and absinthe, this cocktail is dangerous because of absinthe qualities that sometime provoke violence in drinkers or makes them black out. While it tastes good enough to drink more than one, proceed with caution, because according to its creator, "four of these [drinks] taken in swift succession will un-revive the corpse again."