If you think food is the only thing you can get creative with, think again. Alcohol is one of the most versatile mediums, and just about anything goes. So from the disgusting to the delicious, raise a glass to these five outrageous cocktails that you can find across the United States.
The Bloody Best, Atlanta, Ga.
Some people refer to bloody marys as “a meal in a cup,” but The Nook really sticks to its word with its outrageous cocktail creation, the Bloody Best. This monster of a drink is a 16-ounce bloody mary served with one skewer of steak and tater tots, another skewer with peppers and blue-cheese-stuffed olives and rimmed with a hardboiled egg and a piece of toast. But it doesn’t end there. The cocktail is garnished with a piece of crispy, fatty bacon and served with a beef straw. That’s right, a straw made entirely out of beef. Order up one of these bad boys and chances are you might not even need to order an entrée.
Insect Cocktails, New York, N.Y.
New York’s innovative restaurant and cocktail bar, White & Church, takes the most ordinary (or disgusting) of ingredients and elevates them into something extraordinary. As such, they’ve developed a series of cocktails using insects as the focal point. If you’re an adventurous drinker, try the Summer, made from Batilda de Coco, oatmeal milk, sugar and dried grasshoppers placed in a weaved bamboo leaf sphere, resulting in a sweet, earthy cocktail. Or, the Blue Velvet, a mix of Crème de Menthe and Sambuca rimmed with black sesame seeds and topped with a scorpion. If you’re a margarita fan, try the Why Not?, a cocktail featuring Don Julio tequila, Cointreau, sugar, lime and avocado topped with Mexican dried spicy worms.
Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer, Campton Township, Ill.
You’ve probably seen beer made from citrus peels, honey, coriander, hemp seed, maple syrup and various fruits, but have you seen a beer made from tomatoes? Billing itself as the “Beer So Good It Deserves a Wine Glass,” the Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer might be better served on a plate. Developed by a couple of chefs-turned-home-brewers in 2006 whose goal was to create a beer that would pair well with a number of foods, especially pizza, this crazy brew takes tomatoes, oregano, basil & garlic, as well as a whole Margherita pizza and steeps it in the beer mixture, resulting in a beer that tastes scarily like a pizza.
MacGriddle, Alexandria, Va.
The small, unmarked speakeasy known as PX, helmed by renowned mixologist Todd Thrasher, is churning out some of the most unique cocktails around. When tomatoes are in season, you can try the famous BLT, a savory cocktail featuring a huge ice cube made with lettuce water, clear tomato water and bacon-infused vodka poured into a glass rimmed with bacon salt. But it’s his off-the-menu special cocktail, the “MacGriddle,” that has really earned him notoriety. This sweet concoction, reportedly tasting just like a McGriddle from McDonald’s, is made from a mixture of bacon vodka, cream, maple syrup, a whole egg and confectioner’s sugar.
Bunny Tail, Las Vegas, Nev.
Everyone knows that everything in Las Vegas is simply outrageous, so it should come as no surprise that one of the most unusual cocktails comes from this nightlife hotspot. The playfully named Bunny Tail can be found at the Playboy Club inside the Palms Casino Resort. This delightful concoction is made from a mix of Limoncello, San Pellegrino Limonata, sparkling soda and a choice of Ketel Citroen, Ketel One or Don Julio Blanco. Once garnished with a lemon wedge, the Bunny Tail is topped with a puff of pink cotton candy and served with a side of Pellegrino and a mini bottle of liqueur so partygoers can pour the drinks over the cotton candy, watching it dissolve into the glass.
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