Why do drinks and a show when your drinks can be the show?
From a Champagne flute that shoots off sparkles to the entire treasure chest of rum, these flashy cocktails are sure to be the talk of the night before you even take a sip. Don’t worry — they taste as awesome as they look.
The Cocktail (above): White Cosmopolitan
The Ingredients: Vodka, white cranberry juice, St. Germain elderflower liqueur
The Theatrics: Bartenders freeze a bright orchid into a perfect sphere of ice, which comes floating in your glass like a magenta globe.
The Restaurant: Daniel, New York City
The Price: $21
Courtesy The Aviary
The Cocktail: Old Fashioned in the Rocks
The Ingredients: bourbon, demerara syrup and orange bitters
The Theatrics: The drink is served inside a large, hollow ice sphere that the customer smashes with a custom “slingshot,” transforming the cocktail from “in” the rocks to “on” the rocks.
The Bar: The Aviary, Chicago
The Price: $20
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The Cocktail: The Flaming Volcano
The Ingredients: Vodka, simple syrup, a mystery brew of liqueurs that create an orange flavor, and an apricot with 151-proof rum on its tip
The Theatrics: When the tip is lit with a match, the top of the drink is engulfed in flames
The Price: $10
Courtesy Wynn Las Vegas
The Cocktail: Menage a Trois
The Ingredients: champagne, cognac and 150-year-old Grand Marnier
The Theatrics: It’s all about the trio of “jewels” that come with the drink : 23-karat gold flakes, liquid gold syrup and a gold-plated straw studded with a real diamond
The Price: $3,000
The cocktail: Flaming Doctor Pepper
The ingredients: 151 proof rum, light beer, amaretto
The theatrics: Bartenders balance a shot glass of rum and amaretto on a pint glass of beer. When the shot is lit, the rum’s high alcohol content sets off a strong enough flame to push the shot glass into the pint glass. (The flame also burns off some of the drink’s sugar, making it taste curiously like Dr. Pepper.)
The bar: Cheers Shot Bar, Austin
The price: $8
The cocktail: Magic Mojito
The ingredients: Rum, bitters, lime, mint, cotton candy
The theatrics: An enormous puff of pink cotton candy dissolves into the glass like a deflating balloon. Watch!
The bar: Bar Centro, Los Angeles
The price: $17
The cocktail: Treasure Chest No. 1
The ingredients: Guatemalan rum, fruit juices (passion fruit, pineapple, guava, lemon and lime), Dom Perignon
The theatrics: A treasure chest filled with the rum and juices is topped tableside with a bottle of Dom Perignon, while dry ice at the bottom of the chest creates a thick layer of fog. Drink this out of a two-foot-long straw.
The bar: Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago
The price: $385 (serves 6-8)
The cocktail: Sparkling Ginger
The ingredients: Champagne, Cointreau, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, dehydrated ginger puree
The theatrics: When the dehydrated ginger puree counteract with the bubbly, sparkles shoots off within the glass.
The bar: Bar Dupont, Washington D.C.
The price: $9
Courtesy Cocina 214
The Cocktail: Pop Rocks Rita
The Ingredients: Tequila, Grand Marnier, sweet and sour mix, cranberry and lime juices, Pop Rocks candy
The Theatrics: Pop Rocks rim the glass, which makes the drink sound like it’s exploding. Boom!
The Bar: Cocina 214, Winter Park, Florida
The Price: $13
—Lexi Dwyer and Nancy Mattia
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