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Six Strong Cocktails That are Not for the Faint of Heart

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Sometimes you just need a cocktail. A strong, old fashioned, knee bending, sit down and smoke a cigar with your best friend kind of a stiff drink. Ladies and gentleman, we introduce you to six perfectly strong cocktails that are not for the faint of heart – or for anyone who is not planning to use Uber. Hide the keys, if this is what you’re imbibing, no one is driving.

Now that we’ve set the guidelines, buckle up, because these super strong cocktail recipes are not for the faint of heart.

Aunt Roberta’s Cocktail

Could this truly be the strongest cocktail in the world? Stories suggest it was invented by “Aunt Roberta,” an Alabama woman who came up with her signature cocktail quite accidentally, and while inebriated. Look at the ingredients and it’s pretty easy to believe that story. 


  • Two shots of absinthe
  • Three shots of vodka
  • One shot of brandy
  • One and a half shots of gin
  • One shot of blackberry liqueur 

Mix all the booze in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice. Sip, sigh, repeat.


This New Orleans classic cocktail was first made popular in the mid-1800s. In 1940, the Official Sazerac Cocktail recipe was modified to use Herbsaint as the absinthe, which was added to the recipe in 1870.


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1½ ounces Sazerac rye whiskey (or your favorite bourbon)
  • ¼ ounce Herbsaint
  • 3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • Lemon peel

Pack an Old-Fashioned glass with ice. In a second Old-Fashioned glass, place the sugar cube and add the Peychaud's bitters to it, then crush the sugar cube. Add the Sazerac rye whiskey (or bourbon) to the second glass containing the Peychaud's bitters and sugar. Empty the ice from the first glass and coat the glass with the Herbsaint, then discard the remaining Herbsaint. Empty the whiskey/bitters/sugar mixture from the second glass into the first glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Long Island Iced Tea

Yes, Marge Simpson, Long Island is a real place where this strong and delicious cocktail was born.


  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part white rum
  • 1 part white tequila
  • 1/2 part triple sec
  • 1/2 part sour mix
  • 1 splash Coke
  • Lemon wedges for garnish 

Add to a tall glass in the order above and enjoy.

Zombie Cocktail

This rum concoction was invented by Donn Beach of Hollywood's Don the Beachcomber restaurant in the 1930s. It was popularized soon afterward at the 1939 New York World's Fair.


  • 1 1/2 ounce Jamaican rum
  • 1 1/2 ounce gold Puerto Rican rum
  • 1 ounce 151-proof Demerara rum
  • 1/8 tsp. Herbsaint or Pernod
  • 1/2 ounce falernum
  • 1/2 ounce Donn’s Mix (see below) **
  • 1 tsp. grenadine
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 6 ounces crushed ice
  • Tools: blender
  • Glass: chimney
  • Garnish: mint sprig

**Donn’s Mix

  • 3 cinnamon sticks, crushed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • fresh grapefruit juice

Put everything in blender, saving the ice for last. Blend at high speed for no more than 5 seconds. Pour into a glass and add ice cubes to fill. Garnish.


Keep it simple with this three-ingredient classic.


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 5 drops Angostura bitters

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.


It’s delicious, aesthetically pleasing, and quite alcohol laden.


  • 2 tablespoons gin
  • 2 tablespoons Campari
  • 2 tablespoons sweet vermouth
  • 1 orange twist

Combine gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth in an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass; stir gently and garnish with an orange twist.

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