9 Crazy Cocktails You Have to See to Believe

05/20/2014 at 03:49 PM ET

White Cosmo Orchid Ice Ball Daniel

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

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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 Bar: Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Price: $10

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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 Bar: Tryst Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Hotel

The Price: $3,000

Cheers Shot Bar Flaming Doctor Pepper

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

Treasure Chest Cocktail Three Dots and a Dash
Anjali Pinto

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 barThree Dots and a Dash, Chicago

The price: $385 (serves 6-8)

Sparkling Ginger Cocktail Bar Dupont
Pamela Hadley

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

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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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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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