Forget that lime twist: Wouldn't you much rather top your drink with caviar—or maybe even some beef? These bars nationwide are upping the ante on over-the-top cocktails.
Treasure Chest No. 3, Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago
Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash is home to possibly the most over-the-top cocktail you'll drink this year: the Treasure Chest No. 3. It's a mixture of Jamaican rum with juices including strawberry, vanilla, passion fruit and lemon, and it comes to your table in a treasure chest complete with an entire bottle of Dom Perignon (because, why not?). The drink is enough for six to share—a good thing since it'll cost you $385.
High Society, Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique, West Hollywood
Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique is home to an extra-luxe cocktail, the $22 High Society, made with Tanqueray Gin, St. Germain Elderflower, Green Chartreuse and rose water. But it’s the Petrossian caviar powder—made from finely ground caviar pearls—on the rim of the glass that really earns this cocktail its name.
Lollipop Goblet, Sugar Factory, Miami
Willy Wonka would love the high-proof Lollipop Goblet cocktail, which basically doubles as a dessert. At Miami’s Sugar Factory, a brasserie and candy shop rolled into one, the 60-oz tropical drink (with a price tag of $39) is made with a mix of Midori melon liqueur, Bacardi rock coconut rum, Ketel Citroen vodka, pineapple juice and sour mix topped off with Sprite, and garnished with two unicorn lollipops and a candy necklace. Oh, and it's also presented in a cloud of dry ice. As big as the drink is the list of celebrities who have stopped by the Sugar Factory (which has four branches around the country)—a roster that includes Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Drake.
The Indian Head Test Pattern, Chapel Tavern, Reno
Corn flake-infused cereal milk takes the Indian Head Test Pattern cocktail to a new extreme at Reno’s Chapel Tavern, which counts actor Jeremy Renner among its fans. The eye-opening drink also features rum, housemade cinnamon syrup, fresh nutmeg and an orange twist. Some customers will get the refererence in the drink's name, which invokes the retro childhood Saturday morning ritual of eating a bowl of cereal in front of the TV while waiting for the black and white pattern on the screen to give way to a marathon of cartoons.
Bottled in Bond, Julep, Houston
Houston hot-spot Julep is known for its crazy-good Southern cocktails, from mint juleps to the Cherry Bounce Sour, the house take on the classic whiskey sour. The bar also slings out a sultry Manhattan-style cocktail, the Bottled in Bond, made with bonded bourbon, bonded rye, vermouth and aged bitters. The large-format beverage, which serves four to six people (and costs $65), is presented in grandiose style: A whiskey decanter arrives accompanied with cherries, almonds and dark chocolate.
The Bloody Best, The Nook, Atlanta
This cocktail has caught the attention of Bloody Mary fans all over the world, who have made a special trip to The Nook to sample its wildly inventive take on the drink. This meal-in-a-cup is made with Absolut Peppar vodka mixed with housemade Bloody Mary mix, and a jaw-dropping garnish of pepperoncinis, blue cheese–stuffed olives, lemon, lime, crispy tater tots, a slice of toast, a piece of bacon, a hard-boiled egg—and some steak. Just in case those ingredients aren't quite enough, the drink also comes with a beef straw.
The Shark Attack, Tropical Isle, New Orleans
As a warning bell sounds at the rowdy Nola bar Tropical Isle, your bartender yells out “shark attack!” and presents you with a vodka sour (vodka, sugar syrup and lemon juice) with a small plastic alligator floating on top. Then comes the real show. A plastic shark filled with grenadine gets dumped upside down into the mix, gobbling up the alligator and turning the drink crimson-red. Take the shark home as a badge of survival.
Pho-King Champ, Midnight Rambler, Dallas
At the Art Deco cocktail den Midnight Rambler, peruse the ambitious menu of sweet and savory cocktails— but if you're only having one drink, make it the potent Pho-King Champ. The mix of wheat vodka, Spanish oloroso sherry, lime juice and beef broth is infused with roasted ginger, anise green, black cardamom, Sriracha—and a splash of hoisin sauce for good measure.
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