When a cocktail's name is longer than the opening sentence of most novels, it'd better be worth the time it takes to order one. These seven cocktails, all with unbelievably long-winded titles, definitely meet the criteria. And if you want to dare your friends to pronounce the name of an exceptionally long-named, extremely delicious Thai cocktail on our list, we've got that recipe for you here too.
An Italian Gentleman Riding His Bike Through the Piazza with His Pant Leg Rolled Slightly Above His Ankle
Where: Hank's Oyster Bar, D.C.
What: Gin, orange Italian aperitif, grapefruit, mint, soda.
How: "The inspiration for this drink comes from Jude Law's character in The Talented Mr. Ripley," explains Hank's general manager Michael Saccone. "The pant leg part is an inside joke that was added because I always roll my pant legs up when I bartend." Photo courtesy of Hank's Oyster Bar.
The Beachcomber's Rule No. 2: Never Bet on Another Man's Game
Where: Lost Lake, Chicago
What: Overproof demerara rum, overproof Jamaican rum, aged Jamaican rum, passion fruit, pineapple, lime, lemon, falernum, herbal bitters.
How: The formula for this cocktail, designed for four people to share, took nine months to perfect—so it stands to reason that the drink should take nearly 20 seconds to say out loud (unless you talk really fast). Photo courtesy of lostlaketiki.com.
H.P. Lovecraft's "Dark and Stormy" aka "The Call of Cthulu"
Where: Pax Americana, Houston
What: Silver rum, Danish cherry liqueur, allspice berry flavored liqueur, honey syrup, lime, cinnamon cherry flavored liqueur.
How: “The name popped into my head when we decided to add our take on a Dark and Stormy" to the menu, says Pax American's owner Shepard Ross. "I've always been fascinated with H.P. Lovecraft's writing, and his crafting of a unique mythology that many believe is nonfiction.” Photo courtesy of Pax Americana.
Itsy Bitsy Tini-Weenie Fresh and Berry Great Martini
Where: The Cowfish, Atlanta
What: Pomegranate-raspberry vodka, Champagne, agave nectar, fresh raspberry, freshly squeezed lemon.
How: The cocktail’s rhyming handle is a nod to both the famous bikini song with the same name, and to the drink’s reportedly low-cal contents. Photo courtesy of The Cowfish.
“See Venice and Die,” Is That What They Say?
Where: The Twisted Horn, D.C.
What: Rye, Italian herbal liqueur, red wine, apple, quince, lemon, black walnut.
How: "I wanted to recreate the feeling of sitting outside on a patio in Italy, over a charcuterie board, sipping wine and enjoying the day," explains general manager Michael Saccone. The restaurant serves the drink with a salty snack—a parmesan crisp and sliced prosciutto—just the way a Venice restaurant might. Photo courtesy of Twisted Horn.
Honey and I Went To Italy and All He Can Say Was "No Mi Ricordo" So I Made This Drink With Ingredients I Could Find So I Couldn't Remember Either
Where: Buffalo & Bergen, D.C.
What: Prosecco, grappa, grape juice, limoncello garnish.
How: The story behind this drink begins with a trip to Italy that Buffalo & Bergen owner and head mixologist Gina Chersevani took with her father. “The whole family calls my father 'Honey,' and during the trip, I would ask him questions and he would always respond, 'I can't remember,' she explains. “I found the ingredients in my aunt's liquor stash, mixed it all together and came up with this cocktail.” Photo courtesy of Buffalo & Bergen.
Krungthepmahanakhon Amornrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharat Ratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit
Where: Qi Thai Grill, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
What: Gin, vodka, star anise, ginger, yuzu, lime, Thai iced tea, guava juice.
How: The whopping 172-character name of this drink actually refers to the full official name of Thailand's capital city, Bangkok, which describes it as the city of angels. “We wanted it to be a drink 'from Thai heaven,'" says bartender Nitchan Parnitch. To make your own heavenly version of the drink, check out the recipe below from Qi Thai Grill. Photo courtesy of Qi Thai Grill.
Krungthepmahanakhon (Etc.) Recipe:
3 slices of ginger (plus 1 slice for garnish)
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
1 oz vodka
1 oz gin
1 oz triple sec
1 oz Thai iced tea
1/4 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
1/2 oz guava juice
1/2 tablespoon yuzu
star anise for garnish
Muddle ginger and freshly squeezed lime juice. Pour the mix into a shaker with all remaining ingredients, adding the yuzu last. Shake well with ice. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with ginger and star anise.
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