Tired of ordering the same thing every time you go out? Or tired of those drinks not being quite strong enough for your liking, or your worst days? Here are some extra boozy cocktail choices you may want to swap in place of your normal drink order or try for an at-home mixed creation.
A word of warning…it’s best to drink some of these slowly!
If you drink gin and tonic…try a Gin Negroni
This delicious, booze-packed drink keeps the refreshing gin element and swaps the tonic for more alcohol. It’s a mix of 1 ounce each of gin (higher quality is best), Campari (spiced liqueur), and sweet vermouth, served on the rocks. Who needs tonic to water down gin when you can make it extra strong with some bonus alcohol instead?
If you drink mimosas…try a Death in the Afternoon
Though the champagne and the charming, luxurious presentation may make this drink seem fancy and relaxed, it is no joke. Loved by Ernest Hemingway, it’s a mix of champagne and absinthe, plus a lemon twist, making it very strong (but very delicious). To add in a bit more of the mimosa element, ask for a splash of juice in your cocktail and not only will it look like you’re drinking a casual morning beverage, but you might trick yourself into thinking you are too… at least until the absinthe hits you.
If you drink rum and Coke…try a Rum & Smoke
First off, the play on words semi-matching title might be reason enough to try this one. But if you’re a fan of rum drinks over ice, here’s a much stronger version to experiment with. This cocktail combines aged rum, sherry, bitter liqueur, and smoked rosemary simple syrup. It’s unique, sophisticated, and has a hardcore alcohol content. The perfect combination for taste and pleasure.
If you drink whiskey sours…try a Sazerac
Another great way to get more absinthe in your normal life, this New Orleans classic cocktail mixing Sazerac Rye Whiskey (90 proof) and Absinthe (up to 148 proof) packs a major punch. But if you’re typically a fan of whiskey mixed drinks, it does have the same whiskey taste with the added element of majorly strong, anise-flavored booze. A note: if you can’t find absinthe, Herbsaint is a good replacement.
Annie Burdick is a writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon, but transplanted from the Midwest. She also works as a community inclusion specialist for adults with disabilities. Previously she's edited and written for magazines, websites, books, and small businesses, on an absurdly wide range of topics. She spends the rest of her time reading, eating good food, and finding new adventures in the Pacific Northwest.