The Bartender's Black Book by Stephen Kittredge Cunningham is a go-to for many bartenders in the country, and his recipe for this alcohol-packed drink is unbelievable. He calls for a large bowl filled with prepared fresh fruits and then asks the daring drinker to pour an entire bottle of grain alcohol into the bowl and let the mixture sit covered overnight. You can always add soda, but that is slated as "optional." Grain alcohol is typically a product like Everclear, so be extremely careful when you consume jungle juice. But when it’s made correctly, it doesn’t taste anything like alcohol at all.
Made famous by the rapper Tech N9ne’s hit song, the Caribou Lou calls for 151 rum, pineapple juice, and Malibu rum. While it’s not the most alcoholic cocktail on our list, it’s up there, and it’s incredibly delicious. It’s like a piña colada on the rocks and much easier to make. Once again, it’s best to be careful with these highly alcoholic drinks that are also fruity. Bacardi 151 Rum is so popular because of its high alcohol content, and you barely know you’re drinking anything alcoholic when it’s mixed with a juice like pineapple.
There are many different ways to make a traditional Sazerac but Cunningham’s The Bartender's Black Book recommends the drink be made with one cube of sugar, two to four dashes of Peychaud's Bitters, 2 ounces of rye whiskey, and a coat of absinthe on the inside of a chilled glass. The drink is highly alcoholic and packs a heavy punch. If you’re really trying to go for it, try using a whiskey that is 100-proof like WhistlePig or Rittenhouse.
The Aunt Roberta Cocktail has some history to it, but we mostly care about it because its 100 percent alcoholic. There’s no juice, mixers, or fruit that’s diluting this bad girl down. The cocktail requires absinthe, gin, vodka, brandy, and blackberry liqueur. The drink originally hails from Alabama and it’s not for the faint of heart. If you dare to try it, it’s actually pretty delicious — the anise-flavored absinthe works wonderfully with the blackberry liqueur.
We’re going to let the orange, pineapple, and lime juices in this cocktail slide because it calls for the infamous Bacardi 151 Rum again. Oh, and white rum, and gold rum, and dark rum. There’s also some apple brandy in there for good measure. The cocktail is called the Zombie for good reason. It will either put you to sleep halfway through if you’re a cheap date or knock you completely out after one or two helpings. Bacardi’s website tells us that "The original Zombie Cocktail was created in 1934. While the original mixture was kept secret, it frequently changed until it was just right." And just right it is.
A take on a White Russian but without the cream, the Black Russian is absolutely delicious served as a shot or as a cocktail on the rocks. The drink only requires coffee-flavored liqueur and vodka. To make it a little more creative, try adding vanilla-flavored vodka. Depending on what kind of vodka you use, it’s possible to create an even more alcoholic cocktail than expected — the sky’s the limit with Black Russians.
This is probably a cocktail you’ve heard all about if you spent five minutes in a college town. The drink is unbelievably alcoholic, but the taste is somehow masked by the sour mix and soda that is floated on top. The drink calls for gin, vodka, tequila, rum, and triple sec. The only liquor that’s missing is whiskey and we can see why it’s one of the most alcoholic cocktails around when the only mixer requirement is a "float" of Coke and sour mix.
A martini might not be the most exciting item on our list, but it’s also one of the oldest and most widely available cocktails out there. The drink uses either gin or vodka and is traditionally diluted with vermouth, which has a lower alcohol content than most spirits because it’s fortified wine. When the vermouth is removed, the drink is called a "bone dry" martini and it’s one of the most alcoholic drinks you can order at a bar if you don’t know whether or not your bartender has Bacardi 151 Rum, 100-proof whiskey, or absinthe stored in their wells.
This cocktail has an ominous name but it’s actually an interesting take on a champagne cocktail — the only difference is the absinthe. It calls for a pretty solid amount of absinthe with a champagne floater. The combination of anise-flavored liqueur and the bubbles will make you forget you’re drinking highly concentrated alcohol, so beware when you down one of these drinks in the afternoon…
A Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail that has gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. The drink is traditionally garnished with an orange, which is the only juice that hits this phenomenal cocktail. The Negroni is deliciously bitter and is incredibly drinkable. Gin can get a bad rap, but in this cocktail it’s evenly balanced by the vermouth and Campari — and don’t forget it’s highly alcoholic.