20 Most Bizarre and Fantastic Cocktails You Should Taste

Extreme cocktailing is now the norm with mixologists hunting for the most unique vessels to up their cocktail game. Here we bring you the 20 most curious and bizarrely fantastic parties-in-a-glass in London and NYC. Salud!

1. Get your freak on and down an insect

Join The Colony | Artesian, London | £18-

Absolut Elyx, wheat, almond, juniper, bergamot

Join The Colony | Artesian, London | £18- Absolut Elyx, wheat, almond, juniper, bergamot Photo credit: @aliliiicious
Join The Colony @ Artesian, London. Photo: Courtesy of @aliliiicious

2. Party on the ceiling with the Mad Hatter’s top hat

The Mad Hatter | Barts, London | Serves 4-6 | £90

Russian Standard vodka, spiced berries & apple, topped with prosecco

The Mad Hatter | Barts, London | Serves 4-6 | £90 Russian Standard vodka, spiced berries & apple, topped with prosecco Photo credit: @lydiacondon
The Mad Hatter @ Barts, London. Photo credit: @lydiacondon

3. Knock back a beaver

Here’s Buddy | Beaver Lodge, London | $12

Beaver Moonshine and apricot liqueur, cranberry juice, passionfruit juice

Here’s Buddy | Beaver Lodge, London | $12 Beaver Moonshine and apricot liqueur, cranberry juice, passionfruit juice Photo credit: @beaverslondon
Here’s Buddy @ Beaver Lodge, London. Photo: Courtesy of @beaverslondon

4. Go loco for a coco-nut

Coconut | ZZ’s Clam Bar, NYC | $20

Trinidadian rum, Acacia honey, smoked cinnamon

Coconut | ZZ’s Clam Bar, NYC | $20 Trinidadian rum, Acacia honey, smoked cinnamon Photo credit: @_felicia_
Coconut @ ZZ’s Clam Bar, NYC. Photo: Courtesy of @_felicia_

5. Get jingled on a jam jar

The Godfather Sour | The Shop NW10, London | £8

Rebel Yell bourbon, amaretto agave, lime juice, orange bitters

The Godfather Sour | The Shop NW10, London | £8 Rebel Yell bourbon, amaretto agave, lime juice, orange bitters Photo credit: @rosspj
The Godfather Sour @ The Shop NW10, London. Photo credit: @rosspj

6. Sip from a sweetheart

Vera Lynn | Cahoots, London | ~£10

Tanqueray No.TEN gin, ginger wine, apple juice, elderflower cordial, pear purée, fresh lime

Vera Lynn | Cahoots, London | ~£10 Tanqueray No.TEN gin, ginger wine, apple juice, elderflower cordial, pear purée, fresh lime Photo credit: @frockinghell
Vera Lynn @ Cahoots, London. Photo: Courtesy of @frockinghell

7. Misbehave with a poptail

Poppy Horror | Adventure Bar Convent Garden, London | Serves 5-8 | £22-59

Eristoff vodka, blackcurrant liqueur, fresh lemon juice, sugar, prosecco, lipstick, handcuffs

Poppy Horror | Adventure Bar Convent Garden, London | Serves 5-8 | £22-59 Eristoff vodka, blackcurrant liqueur, fresh lemon juice, sugar, prosecco, lipstick, handcuffs Photo credit: @soph_marie94
Poppy Horror @ Adventure Bar Convent Garden, London. Photo: Courtesy of @soph_marie94

8. Intrigue with a brass pineapple

Pineapple | ZZ’s Clam Bar, NYC | $20

American gin, house limoncello, chamomile

Pineapple | ZZ’s Clam Bar, NYC | $20 American gin, house limoncello, chamomile Photo credit: @minhasdicasdeny
Pineapple @ ZZ’s Clam Bar, NYC. Photo: Courtesy of @minhasdicasdeny

9. Get horsed on a horse head

Horse Head | Bunga Bunga, London | Serves 3 | £55

Don Julio Blanco tequila, Ratafia black cherry liqueur, cranberry juice

Horse Head | Bunga Bunga, London | Serves 3 | £55 Don Julio Blanco tequila, Ratafia black cherry liqueur, cranberry juice Photo credit: @erandapet
Horse Head @ Bunga Bunga, London. Photo credit: @erandapet

10. Make sparks fly with a light bulb

Flower | The Standing Room, NYC | $12

Dry gin, lavender, elderflower, cranberry

Flower | The Standing Room, NYC | $12 Dry gin, lavender, elderflower, cranberry Photo credit: @thirsty
Flower @ The Standing Room, NYC. Photo: Courtesy of @thirsty

11. Take a swig from a flaming skull…

Flaming Zombie | The Escapologist, London | £11.50

Bacardi Oro, dark rum, triple sec, fresh lemon juice, mango, passion fruit, pineapple juice, over-proof rum

Flaming Zombie | The Escapologist, London | £11.50 Bacardi Oro, dark rum, triple sec, fresh lemon juice, mango, passion fruit, pineapple juice, over-proof rum Photo credit: @isabella_rose_allen
Flaming Zombie @ The Escapologist, London. Photo: Courtesy of @isabella_rose_allen

12. …or a gloriously pink one

Disco Skull | Simmons, London | Serves 4 | £35

Malibu, apple juice, cold brew Earl Grey tea, fresh lime juice, raspberries, lime wedges, sugar syrup

Disco Skull | Simmons, London | Serves 4 | £35 Malibu, apple juice, cold brew Earl Grey tea, fresh lime juice, raspberries, lime wedges, sugar syrup Photo credit: Simmons
Disco Skull @ Simmons, London. Photo: Courtesy of Simmons

13. Be all class with a Chemex coffee maker

Tahitian Coffee | Slowly Shirley, NYC | Serves 2 | $35

Plantation Barbados rum, Campo de Encnato pisco, house falernum, honey, guava, passion fruit, orange, lime, cold brew coffee

Tahitian Coffee | Slowly Shirley, NYC | Serves 2 | $35 Plantation Barbados rum, Campo de Encnato pisco, house falernum, honey, guava, passion fruit, orange, lime, cold brew coffee Photo credit: @slowlyshirleyny
Tahitian Coffee @ Slowly Shirley, NYC. Photo: Courtesy of @slowlyshirleyny

14. Get spiritual with a porcelain Buddha

Cardamom | ZZ’s Clam Bar, NYC | $20

Gin, vanilla, VEP Chartreuse

Cardamom | ZZ’s Clam Bar, NYC | $20 Gin, vanilla, VEP Chartreuse Photo credit: @mjdewlove
Cardamom @ ZZ’s Clam Bar, NYC. Photo: Courtesy of @mjdewlove

15. Enjoy a tipple from an Italian

Supermario Monti | Bunga Bunga, London | £12

Fresh cucumber muddled with Hendrick’s gin, mixed with elderflower cordial, apple juice, 7UP

Supermario Monti | Bunga Bunga, London | £12 Fresh cucumber muddled with Hendrick’s gin, mixed with elderflower cordial, apple juice, 7UP Photo credit: @liddystardust
Supermario Monti @ Bunga Bunga, London. Photo: Courtesy of @liddystardust

16. Put away a can or two

Jamo & Ginger Cha-Chunker | Genuine Liquorette, NYC | $10.10+tax

Jameson irish whiskey, ginger ale, bitters, lemon

Photo credit: Genuine Liquorette

Jamo & Ginger Cha-Chunker | Genuine Liquorette, NYC | $10.10+tax Jameson irish whiskey, ginger ale, bitters, lemon Photo credit: Genuine Liquorette
Jamo & Ginger Cha-Chunker @ Genuine Liquorette, NYC. Photo: Courtesy of Genuine Liquorette

17. Mystify with an alcoholic capsicum

Cucumber | The Standing Room, NYC | $12

Spicy tequila, cucumber, lime, bell pepper

Photo credit: @pierangeliwit

Cucumber, The Standing Room, NYC. Photo credit: @pierangeliwit
Cucumber @ The Standing Room, NYC. Photo: Courtesy of @pierangeliwit

18. Pick a vintage hit with a raspberry-kissed teacup

Bikini Martini | Simmons, London | £9

Vodka, Chambord raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice

Bikini Martini | Simmons, London | £9 Vodka, Chambord raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice Photo credit: Simmons
Bikini Martini @ Simmons, London. Photo: Courtesy of Simmons

19. Have a cereal-sly good night with a milk bottle

American Cereal Killer | The Clocktower’s Gold Bar, NYC |$16

Michter’s bourbon, cheerios milk, Madagascan vanilla syrup, Angostura bitters

American Cereal Killer | The Clocktower’s Gold Bar, NYC |$16 Michter’s bourbon, cheerios milk, Madagascan vanilla syrup, Angostura bitters Photo credit: @gothamburgersocialclub
American Cereal Killer @ The Clocktower’s Gold Bar, NYC. Photo: Courtesy of @gothamburgersocialclub

20. Defeat Jaws

The Shark’s Eye | Mother Of Pearl, NYC | $15

Passion fruit, lemon, maraschino, curacao, bourbon, Tiki bitters

The Shark’s Eye, Mother Of Pearl, NYC. Photo: Courtesy of @motherofpearl
The Shark’s Eye @ Mother Of Pearl, NYC. Photo: Courtesy of @motherofpearl
Alice Rich

Contributor

New Zealand-born Alice Rich is a newly-minted digital nomad. She loves getting involved in community projects and was a co-founder of CreativeMornings/Kuala Lumpur, a creative lecture series. A registered Personal Trainer, Alice loves anything active, particularly when there is mud involved. "My favourite aspect about London is Big Ben."

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

FOLLOW THE URBAN WATCH ON

The Urban Watch is an online magazine, aiming to juxtapose the culture, fashion, business, and people of some say the two most vibrant and coolest cities in the world— New York & London. Appealing to urbanites from all over the world, The Urban Watch magazine tells stories from your two ultimate destinations.