There are days when you just want a light easy gulp drink to pass the evening in quiet relaxation.
Then others call for a dark, stirred cocktail like black pearl or a prospector. What if it doesn’t work, then it’s time to bring big guns!
How much ice should you use? When should you shake and when should you stir? And is there ever a place for Diet Coke? Well, Here a 8 Recipes on how to make strong cocktails.
Top Strong Cocktail Recipes
1. Pacific Scorpion
Don’t be fooled by the flavored vodkas in this punch. It can go toe to toe with a scorpion Bowl for the strongest tropical cocktail.
While it lacks the rums of that traditional tiki libation, it does layer on floral flavors with coconut and clementine vodkas.
It is a whole lot of straight vodka for a good measure. Watermelon, passion fruit, guava and pineapple all make this cocktail seem perfectly approachable- just watch out for the wallop of vodka lurking in its depth.
- 3 parts bottle coconut vodka
- 1 ½ parts svedka vodka
- 1 ½ parts clementine svedka vodka
- ½ fruit watermelon pureed and strained
- 5 passion fruits scooped
- 2 guava pureed and strained
- 2 pineapple juiced
- Orchid for garnish
How to Mix
Mix all ingredients save for the garnish together in a punch bowl with a large block of ice.
Garnish and serve.
Quite a sophisticated cocktail, the Negroni appears on most cocktail menus across the world. But don’t let the pink colour deceive you; this is a seriously strong drink.
In fact, the only non-alcoholic component to it is the orange peel garnish. Made up of gin, Campri and Vermouth, if you’re a ‘sweet drink’ person, this probably isn’t for you.
Because there are no mixers in the Negroni, it relies on using high quality ingredients. Be sure to use an Australian gin the next time you make one!
- London dry Gin
- Vermouth rosso
How To Mix
Add the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and shake for about 1 minute. Strain into a glass over cubed ice and garnish with a twist of orange peel.
3. Bone-Dry Martini
The ‘dryness’ of martini refers to the amount of Vermouth in the cocktail. A ‘dry’ martini contains less than your standard version, a very-dry martini even less still, and a bone-dry, you guessed it, none at all.
And when you consider that once you remove the Vermouth from a martini, all you have left is a glass full of Gin or Vodka (Gin is the original) with an olive floating in it, I think this deserves a spot on the list.
- 2 parts of dry vermouth
- 4 parts of gin
- 2 pimento-suffered green olives
How To Mix
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the vermouth, followed closely by the gin. Shake for about 30 seconds. Divide into 2 cocktail glasses. Garnish with 1 olive each and enjoy a typical dry martini.
This is a stiff cocktail with roots deep in New Orleans. As if heaps of rye whiskey and two types of bitters (Agnostura & Peychaud) wasn’t enough, to make an authentic Sazerac you also have to coat the glass in absinthe. Brutal.
- ¼ teaspoon anise flavored liqueur
- ½ teaspoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon water
- 2 dashes peychaud/agnostura bitters
- Ice cubes
- ¼ cup rye whiskey
- 1 lemon twist for garnish
The Secret of It
Tore a clean cocktail glass of choice in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before making the cocktail. Pour the anise flavored liqueur into the frosted glass and turn to coat the sides.
Add sugar, water and bitters to the glass, stirring to dissolve. Strain into the glass and pour in the rye. Stir and garnish with a twist of lemon.
5. Aunt Roberta
Purportedly named after a moonshine peddling prostitute from Alabama, this cocktail is probably better used to unclog drains than be consumed by humans.
This insanely strong cocktail will seriously shave years of your life. A Frankenstein-esque concoction, the Aunt Roberta is a mix of Absinthe, Vodka, Gin, Brandy and Blackberry Liqueur, poured over ice.
It’s probably best to have a paramedic close by if you’re going to attempt one of these.
- 1 part Brandy
- 3 parts of Vodka
- 2 parts of Absinthe
- 1 ½ parts Gin
- 1 part of Blackberry liqueur
How to Mix
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into chilled cocktail glass. Be warned, this is very alcoholic and contains a large amount of alcohol!
List of strong cocktail wouldn’t be complete without an entry from those crazy Vodka swilling boozehounds in Russia. This ‘after dinner’ drink, packs a double shot of vodka, lemon, sugar and espresso powder.
Not only will you be completely sloshed, but the coffee will keep you awake all night. Apparently, the correct way to consume these is to hold the alcohol in your mouth for a long period so the alcohol is absorbed more quickly into the bloodstream.
- 37 1/2 ml Cognac,
- 1 teaspoon powdered coffee,
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar,
- 1 peeled Lemon disk
How to Mix
Pour Cognac into brandy snifter, place lemon disk across the top of the glass and top with sugar and coffee.
7. Vodka & Lavender
This takes on a vesper, which infamously double down on a martini with a combo of both vodka and gin. Things move to another level by adding a touch of Japanese whisky as well as lavender infused Cocchi Americano in place of vermouth.
With a lemon twist, it just a bit floral and citrusy, but mostly still a triple threat of booze. This cold, crisp cocktail is a stiff drink that is perfect for springtime sipping.
Its stiff enough to beat back any chills but fresh and floral enough to conjure up images of field of flowers and blue skies.
- 1 ½ parts of gin mare
- 1 part vodka
- ½ part Lavender infused Cocchi Americano
How to Mix
Add whiskey, cocchi, vodka and gin to a mixing glass. Fill ¾ of the way with ice and stir. Strain using a julep strainer into a coupe and garnish with lemon twist.
8. Russian Quaalude
The Russian Quaalude is a pretty ridiculous drink. This tall relative of the white Russian layers several liqueurs on top of vodka.
But don’t underestimate this creamy concoction- all those milky liqueurs still add booze to the towering cocktail
- 1 ½ parts vodka
- 1 ½ parts coffee liqueur
- 1 ½ hazel nut liqueur
- 1 part Irish cream
- 1 part cream
How to Mix
Add all ingredient to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball over fresh ice.