You’ve arrived at your favourite bar for an exciting night out on the town, and you ask the bartender for the same old cocktail you get every time. You’re thinking: if it isn’t broke don’t fix it, right? While tried and true cocktails are comforting, they offer little in the way of excitement when we want to try something new. Give these cocktail recipes a try the next time you’re looking to add a little adventure to your spirit.
While bacon is a beloved treat for many, it isn’t usually the first ingredient that comes to mind when crafting a cocktail. Regardless, bacon-inspired cocktails have been gaining popularity in recent years and for good reason: their salty, layered flavour adds depth to any drink.
One particularly popular bacon-inspired cocktail comes in the form of the cleverly named BVT (Bacon, Vodka, and Tomato). This BLT sandwich-inspired drink was created by chef Richard Garcia and includes a combination of all of the best parts of a Bloody Mary and BLT sandwich. The peculiar yet delicious concoction consists of vodka-infused bacon and all of the usual ingredients found in any classic Bloody Mary. It’s super easy to make for anyone familiar with mixing up their own Bloody Mary’s at home. Consider yourself a salty-snack person? Love a good Caesar or Bloody Mary? Then give the BVT a try the next time you want to shake things up.
The Twelve Mile Mint
Are you a fan of the Long Island Iced Tea? If so, the Twelve Mile Mint is a particularly boozy cocktail that is sure to pack a punch. This nearly one century old cocktail consists of white rum, brandy, rye whiskey, grenadine, and lemon juice. Like the Long Island Iced Tea, the Twelve Mile Mint goes a long way—it’s no surprise it was a go-to drink for many in the days of Prohibition. If you’re looking for a cocktail that transports you back in time, give this potent mix a try. But be warned: The Twelve Mile Mint will test your limits, so many sure to take it slow.
The Blue Blazer
This unusual cocktail is fiery to say the least—you might want to have a fire extinguisher on standby. The Blue Blazer is the creation of gold rush era cocktail connoisseur Jerry Thomas and isn’t a cocktail that anyone with an adventurous spirit can pass up.
Described by Thomas as a “blazing stream of liquid fire,'' the Blue Blazer involves heating two large silver-plated tankards and pouring warm whiskey into one tankard while adding hot water to the other. The next step involves igniting the whiskey with a long match before pouring the blazing liquid into the other tankard. The ingredients are then mixed by alternating pouring the whiskey from one tankard into the other. Those experienced with preparing the Blue Blazer will typically get a bit fancy with this process; increasingly creating distance between the two tankards as they pour. This results in the appearance of a blue flame, hence the Blue Blazer’s namesake.
Part of what makes for an adventurous cocktail experience is the entertainment provided by an experienced bartender. Order the Blue Blazer the next time you’re looking for a show.
The Gunpowder Plot
The Gunpowder Plot cocktail features a particularly explosive ingredient (literally)—gunpowder-infused gin. If you’re looking to try a cocktail that will give you bragging rights, the Gunpowder Plot is for you.
This Guy-Fawkes inspired cocktail is the creation of popular Sydney bartender, Grant Collins and includes a combination of gunpowder-infused gin, egg whites, and fernet branca. Closing the cloche and adding smoke to the froth can infuse the cocktail with a strong, smoky flavour. To top it all off, the Gunpowder Plot is sometimes served with sparkling sticks of lit “dynamite” to ramp up its fiery impression.
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