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Obscure Cocktail Recipes

Obscure Cocktail Recipes

With names that range from hilarious to provocative —the world of cocktails is a pretty wild place. There is such a vast variety of cocktails floating about, it’s no wonder that there are a good many that have yet to be discovered by the mainstream.

So we’re presenting to you a handful of some of the tastiest and most obscure cocktails ever crafted. One sip and you’re sure to say to yourself “Now why haven’t I heard of this one before?”

If you need help selecting some of the ingredients, be sure to ask the Specsologists working at your local Spec’s. Enjoy!

A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea

This cocktail has a name that sounds more like the intro to a Hemmingway novel as opposed to a bar drink. This Hawaiian tiki cocktail recipe was created by Paul McGee, of Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash.


  • 1 12 oz white rum
  • 12 oz dark rum
  • 12 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 34 oz lime juice
  • 34 oz Demerara syrup (1 part demerara sugar, 1 part water)
  • 14 oz black coffee


  1. Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain into a tiki mug filled with crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with pineapple leaves and coffee beans.

The Modern

This is a drink from 1905 that has never enjoyed a real revival.


  • 1 oz scotch
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1½ tsp lemon juice
  • Cherry for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry.

The Income Tax

An old-timey concoction dating back to the late 1920s, the Income Tax cocktail is essentially a Bronx cocktail with a dash of aromatic bitters.


  • 1½ oz gin
  • ¼ oz dry vermouth
  • ¼ oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Orange twist for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Blood and Sand

Blood & Sand first appeared in print in Harry Craddock’s 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book. It’s a delicious combo of fruity and smoky, and simple to make with just four ingredients of identical proportions.


  • 34 oz blended scotch whisky
  • 34 oz sweet vermouth
  • 34 oz Cherry Heering
  • 34 oz orange juice
  • Orange peel for garnish


  1. Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake, and strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange peel. Enjoy!

Have you made any of these on your own? We’d love to hear about it. Leave us a comment on our blog or Facebook page to let us know what you thought!



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