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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.

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

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.

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

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.

34 oz blended scotch whisky
34 oz sweet vermouth
34 oz Cherry Heering
34 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!

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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