Unique Cocktail Recipes to Impress Your Friends With

Cocktails don’t date back thousands of years like wine or beer. A newspaper in New York first used the word in the early 1800s to describe “a stimulating liquor composed of any kind of sugar, water and bitters, vulgarly called a bittered sling.” But today’s cocktail creations are much more sophisticated than that, and probably tastier. You probably know the classic Mai Tais, Manhattans, Margaritas, martinis…and so on, but here are five contemporary cocktail recipes you can use to convince your friends that you are a cocktail connoisseur with the knowledge of obscure creations, instead of an amateur.


Donkey Kong

As you may have guessed, this drink was created by the Drunken Moogle, a site for gaming and geeky alcoholic drinks. Put some ice in a highball glass, add 99 Bananas and coconut rum, then pour in Banana Colada Fuze and root beer, stir and enjoy. Alternatively, mix in banana-infused Monkey Shoulder whiskyits with Nardini Rabarbaro rhubarb liqueur, and serve with a cinnamon stick.


Sakura Sakura

Like many cocktails, its sum is greater than the individual parts. Refreshing but not overly sweet, you make it with Plantation Three Stars Rum, Massenez peach liqueur, sake and sakura syrup, combined with a spritz of lemon and whipped egg white.