You have to give these unusual cocktails a shot

If you like trying out drinks that are out of the ordinary, you’ll love this selection of weird and wonderful cocktails. 

Hendricks Coconut Cocktail

Are you a gin lover? This unusual gin cocktail will make you think of your favourite spirit in an entirely new way.


– 1.5 parts Hendrick’s Gin

– 3 part coconut water

– 1 part cold brew coffee

– 2 dashes bitters


Add ingredients to shaker and shake hard with ice. Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg and mint.



This cocktail is as unusual as the sight of a redhead in any place outside of Ireland.


– 3 parts Absolut Elyx 

– 2 parts carrot juice 

– 1 part lemon juice 

– 1 part honey

– 2 sprigs coriander 

– Ginger beer, to top 

– Carrot slices, garnish


Shake all ingredients with cubed ice, then strain over crushed ice in a copper mule cup. Top with ginger beer, more ice, and garnish with carrot slices. 


The Marriage of Figaro

Fig-infused bourbon, anyone? This cocktail takes a little more work, but it pays off with something quite unique.


For the fig-infused bourbon:

– 1 (750-millilitre) bottle bourbon whiskey

– 1/8 pound dried figs, diced

– 1/4 pound dried black mission figs, diced

For the cocktail:

– 1 ounce fig-infused bourbon whiskey

– 1 ounce bourbon whiskey

– 1 ounce amaro

– 1 teaspoon spiced rum

– Lemon twist, for garnish


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the 2 bourbons, amaro, and spiced rum.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist. Serve and enjoy.


Iceland Dill Martini

Shaken or stirred, this martini might raise an eyebrow from (but also gain an adoring fan in) Bond, James Bond.


– 2 parts vodka

– 0.5 to 1 part kosher pickle brine

– Dry vermouth, as rinse

– 10 mustard seeds

– Kosher dill pickle and sprig of dill


Combine all the ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and garnish.


Ruby Queen

Incorporating beet juice, scotch whisky and lemon juice, among other ingredients, this cocktail will certainly have the tongues wagging.


– 1 1/2 ounces Scotch whisky

– 1 ounces fresh red beet juice

– 3/4 ounce honey syrup (To make honey syrup, combine 3 parts honey and 1 part water, mixing together until the honey is incorporated.)

– 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

– Fresh dill sprig, or tarragon sprig, for garnish

– Lemon twist, for garnish


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add the Scotch whisky, beet juice, honey syrup, and lemon juice. Fill with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of fresh dill or tarragon and a lemon twist. Serve and enjoy.



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