Many people enjoy a good cocktail on a night out, while celebrating at an event, and on vacation. In general, you likely have your favorite few cocktails that you generally stick to. But, if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s a whole world of fun, different cocktails out there that you can try. We did our research and found the 6 craziest cocktails from around the world. This list is truly shocking, from drinks that cost several mortgage payments to ones with genuine human body parts!
1. The Sourtoe Cocktail
We’ll start by saying this is exactly what it sounds like – a cocktail with an actual human toe. If you ever find yourself in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada, you can visit The Downtown Bar for this unique experience. The Sourtoe Cocktail is essentially a shot with a liquor of your choice and a real severed human toe in it.
No one is quite sure how this tradition started, but it dates back to 1973. To date, more than 65,000 people have taken the shot. You pay $5 to join the “sourtoe cocktail club,” plus the cost of your liquor, and receive a card to prove you went through with the experience.
The one rule is, “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but the lips have got to touch the toe.”
2. Earl Grey Caviar Martini
Quinary is a world-famous bar with a reputation for creating unusual cocktails. The bar’s phrase is to “expect the unexpected.” The cocktails here use weird flavor combinations, textures, sounds, and appearances to achieve a multisensory experience.
And that’s precisely what’s happening with their famous Earl Grey Caviar Martini. This martini includes caviar molecules in an Earl Grey-flavored martini, topped with a dollop of Earl Grey-infused air. It’s a strange combination of flavors, but apparently, it works!
And you don’t have to take our word that Quinary knows what they’re doing. In 2021, the bar won a spot on Asia’s 50 Best Bars (for the sixth year) and a spot on the World’s 50 Best Bars.
3. The $22,600 Diamonds are Forever Martini
The most expensive cocktail in the world is currently served at The Ritz in Tokyo. The drink is called the “Diamonds are Forever Martini” and is made with Grey Goose vodka, a twist of lime topped with a one-carat diamond. After all, diamond shopping can be so exhausting; why not just have it done for you with your dinner drinks?
4. Scorpion Shot
If you’ve ever been to Mexico, you know that the drinking culture is strong here – both with visitors and locals. After a long day in the hot sun, there’s nothing like cooling off with a delicious cocktail.
One of the more exciting drinks that you can have in Mexico is the scorpion shot. You get a shot of Mezcal with a few grains of dry ice (to make the glass steam), and an alcohol-soaked scorpion sits at the bottom of the shot. The suggestion is to eat the scorpion as a little snack after taking the shot.
Although you can find this shot in restaurants and bars across Mexico, we recommend checking out the Reyes Salón Cantina in Guadalajara for this experience. Reyes Salón uses the Centruroides baergi scorpion, presenting no poisoning risk.
5. The Score Caesar
Canada gets two cocktails on this list! And the second spot goes to an over-the-top version of the Caesar. For those who might be unfamiliar, the Caesar is like Canada’s version of a Bloody Mary, except with Clamato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and typically served with a celery stalk. It’s commonly a brunch cocktail and can sometimes come with additions, like a piece of bacon on top.
Well, The Score in Vancouver, Canada, has an impressive Caesar menu. This casual bar has several types of Caesars topped with items like onion rings, deep-fried pickles, hot wings, corn dogs, and more.
However, the most notable Caesar on the menu is the $60 “The Caesar Grande.” This four-ounce Caesar comes topped with hot wings, a pulled pork mac and cheese hot dog, a pulled pork slider, a full-sized burger, onion rings, a pickle, a cornish game hen, and a brownie. It’s a drink, appetizer, meal, and dessert all in one!
6. Snake Wine
Snake wine is a common beverage that can be found throughout Vietnam. You can always spot this drink as you’ll see giant jars of the wine in clear containers with a snake sitting at the bottom. The snake is covered in rice wine or grain alcohol and allowed to ferment for as long as possible. The exact reason for snake wine can differ depending on who you ask. Some people say it’s an aphrodisiac, while others say it has medical benefits.
If you travel throughout Vietnam, you’ll find snake wine at the markets and offered in some restaurants. This cocktail isn’t for the faint of heart, as it’s made with poisonous snakes!
So, which of these cocktails has made it onto your bucket list to try?