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7 Exotic Drinks that Will Bring Flare to Your Week

7 Exotic Drinks that Will Bring Flare to Your Week

Having a drink with your friends is always a much more enjoyable when you’re sipping on something exotic. Not to mention how fun it is to make them and experiment with different ingredients. No matter if you’re planning a big party or a simple get-together with your close friends, here are seven exotic drinks that will bring flare to your week.

Siam Sunray on boulderlocavore.com (Pinterest)
Siam Sunray on boulderlocavore.com (Pinterest)

Siam Sunray

Most countries have their own signature cocktail and it’s always an interesting experience to try them when you’re traveling. If you’ve ever been to a bar in Thailand, then you probably have heard of the Siam Sunray. This exotic drink was created in 2008 by the winner of the Bartender Championship held that year. Surasakdi Pantaisong created a cocktail that is perfect for any time of day. In case you’re hosting a party or are simply craving a refreshing drink, you can easily make a Siam Sunray at home.

To make this cocktail, you will need to crush 1 small Thai chili pepper, 3 slices of ginger, 1 kaffir lime leaf, and 3 slices of lemon grass together in a shaker. Afterwards, add 1 parts coconut rum, 1 parts vodka, ½ part simply syrup, and 3 drops of lime juice. Shake well before straining the mixture into a glass with ice. Top it off with a tiny splash of soda water/club soda and use a slice of lime, a chili pepper, and lemon grass to garnish the cocktail.

Boulevardier Cocktail by Adrian Scottow (Flickr)
Boulevardier Cocktail by Adrian Scottow (Flickr)

Boulevardier

If you love cocktails, then you probably know about this famous drink. The Boulevardier was created back in the 1920s by a writer named Erskine Gwynne, who was known for founding a monthly magazine that shared the name with the drink. It’s very similar to the iconic Italian cocktail, Negroni.

In order to make the Boulevardier, you will need 1 parts campari, 1 parts sweet vermouth, and 1 ¼ parts rye whiskey. Simply pour these ingredients into a mixing glass and fill it with cracked ice. Stir it for about a half a minute before straining it into a chilled cocktail glass. Use a twist of orange peel or a cherry to garnish the drink.

Rosemary & Blackberry Bramble by Kris Kesiak (Flickr)
Rosemary & Blackberry Bramble by Kris Kesiak (Flickr)

Bramble

A British bartender named Dick Bradsell is the man responsible for creating this famous cocktail. When he got the idea for it, he simply wanted to create a British cocktail. It was actually inspired by his childhood experiences of going blackberrying, which is also how the drink got its name, since blackberry bushes are known as brambles.

To make this cocktail, you will need 2 parts gin, 1 parts freshly squeezed lemon juice, ½ parts crème de mure, and 2 bar spoons of simple syrup. Mix the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup and shake these three ingredients. Afterwards, strain it into a glass filled with ice. Now just drizzle the crème de mure over the cocktail and your drink will be ready. You can also garnish it with a lemon slice and blackberries.

Penicillin by Malmaison Hotels (Flickr)
Penicillin by Malmaison Hotels (Flickr)

Penicillin

Although this drink doesn’t have the same healing properties as actual penicillin, it will definitely make you feel better. The drink was created in 2005 by a New York bartender named Sam Ross. To prepare this drink, you will need 2 parts blended Scotch whisky, ¾ parts fresh lemon juice, ¾ parts honey-ginger syrup, and ¼ parts Islay single-malt scotch. Add the first three ingredients and ice into a shaker and shake. Afterwards, strain it into a glass with ice and top it with the Islay single-malt scotch.

Jungle Bird on CocktailDudes.com
Jungle Bird on CocktailDudes.com

Jungle Bird

Jungle Bird is one of the most famous tiki cocktails. Most stories indicate that it was created during the late 1970s at a bar in Kuala Lumpur. It’s one of the simpler Tiki cocktails and consists of 1 ½ parts blackstrap or Jamaican rum, ¾ parts Campari, 1 ½ parts fresh pineapple juice, ½ parts fresh lime juice, and ½ parts simple syrup. Add all five ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake it for 30 seconds. You can garnish this delicious cocktail with a pineapple wedge.

Canelazo by momentcaptured1 (Flickr)
Canelazo by momentcaptured1 (Flickr)

Canelazo

If you’re looking for something different, then you should definitely consider making Canelazo, the hot alcoholic beverage traditional to Ecuador and Colombia. It’s the perfect drink that will keep you warm on a cold night. To make it, you will need 3 cups of water, 2/3 cup of dark brown sugar, 2/3 cup of light brown sugar, 4-6 cinnamon sticks, ½ cup of orange juice, a teaspoon of whole cloves, juice from one lime, and 4 ounces of aguardiente or rum.

Mix all the ingredients except the orange juice and aguardiente/rum, bring them to a boil and let them simmer for 5-10 minutes. Afterwards, add the orange juice and the aguardiente/rum. Reheat the mixture without boiling, strain into a cup and serve hot.

Singapore Sling Ingredients by Achim Schleuning
Singapore Sling Ingredients by Achim Schleuning

Singapore Sling

This iconic gin-based cocktail was created back in 1915 by a bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon, who worked at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. It’s a very refreshing cocktail that consists of ¾ parts gin, ¼ parts cherry liqueur, ¼ parts herbal liqueur, ¼ parts Grand Marnier, ½ parts fresh lime juice, 1 parts pineapple juice and 1 dash bitters, as well as some club soda to top the drink.

Simply add all the ingredients excluding the club soda into a shaker with ice. After shaking, strain it into a glass and top the drink with club soda. Use a cherry and an orange slice to garnish the cocktail.

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