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 1⁄2 oz white rum
1⁄2 oz dark rum
1⁄2 oz dark rum
1 oz pineapple juice
3⁄4 oz lime juice
3⁄4 oz Demerara syrup (1 part demerara sugar, 1 part water)
1⁄4 oz black coffee
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain into a tiki mug filled with crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple leaves and coffee beans.
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
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. 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
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. 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.
3⁄4 oz blended scotch whisky
3⁄4 oz sweet vermouth
3⁄4 oz Cherry Heering
3⁄4 oz orange juice
Orange peel for garnish
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel. Enjoy!
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