If you are a bit of a cocktail connoisseur, you are going to want to hunt these tasty beverages down. Whether it is creepy crawlies, wonderful concoctions or scientific experiments, look out for these great additions to any bar menu. Why? Because cosmopolitans were so 2003 darling!
As drunk as a skunk
For some reason, animals and cocktails seem to have gone hand-in-hand for a while. Creepy crawlies have been on trend for a few years now, and nothing compares to having a scorpion in your vodka. Said to enhance the flavour, the real-life scorpion at the bottom is also completely safe to eat, so if you are feeling a tad peckish, this little bugger will go down a treat.
Originally a Vietnamese favourite, snake wine is made by infusing rice wine with snakes. Many Asian countries for centuries have praised snake tissue for great medicinal properties, with past myths suggesting that it can cure anything from arthritis to impotence. The alcohol actually kills off all the poison in the snake's venom, so you don't need to worry about the risk of death here; just a really bad hangover the next day.
Mix and match
The whole point of cocktails is to combine a wide array of flavours and tastes to create something purely magical and mouth-watering. While none of these may seem like they could work, you will certainly be surprised. 'Smoker's Cough' may be oddly named but it does make a regular appearance on many bar menus. As a basic mixture, it contains Jagermeister, and a teaspoon of mayonnaise. Yes, you heard us correctly. It may not sound lovely, but weirdly enough, it does go down a nice treat.
Bars in London are riddled with odd combinations. Lounge Bohemia in Shoreditch, located behind a kebab shop, will blend poppy seed, lychee and lavender-flavoured liquid to create the foamy Bubble Bath Martini, complete with a rubber duck, whilst London Cocktail Club uses squid ink to add a silky texture to tequila. Finally, Battersea's South Sider Cocktail Club is famed for its 'By the Blood on my Ginny Gin Chin' offers a beetroot shrub that can be injected into a drink by a syringe.
It's an experiment
Other bars will opt for more bizarre and fantastic fictional creations. Whether it is a tea party hosted by the Mad Hatter himself or some of Dr Jekyll's greatest creations, you can let your imaginations run wild in such places. Bar chain The Alchemist in particular specialises in these funky drinks, with cocktail teapots, scientific beakers and more dry ice than you could shake a stick at. Expect swirling colours, bubbling liquids and pretentious clientele in such places.
If you are looking for something a bit different from your usual Martini or White Russian, try any of these concoctions on for size. And if anything, the best part is looking at the hospitality work that goes into it all. Drinking at your local never has been more fun or tasty.
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