15 Extremely Potent And Slightly Dangerous Cocktails From Around The World

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Vote up the drinks you're ready to order despite the risk of a nasty hangover (or worse).

A good adult beverage can easily find favor as a fad or a favorite regional drink, but a bad one can live on in infamy. From potent potables that are local favorites to questionable concoctions that seem more like a dare than a drink experience, here are a few infamous cocktails that have caused their fair share of tragic decisions. Vote up the most daring drinks. 

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    2 oz. light rum
    2 oz. dark rum
    2 oz. passion fruit syrup
    1 oz. lime juice
    1 oz. orange juice 
    1 tsp. simple syrup
    1 tsp. grenadine

    Shake, pour over ice in a Hurricane glass, and garnish with oranges and cherries.

    Another favorite among tourists visiting the Big Easy, the Hurricane was said to have been invented at Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans in the 1940s when whiskey was hard to come by but rum was easily available. It's still a favorite of the French Quarter as the easiest way to erase the blues.  

  • The Zombie
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    The Zombie

    1 oz. light rum
    1 oz. dark rum
    1/2 oz. apricot brandy
    1/2 oz. overproof rum
    2 1/2 oz. orange juice
    2 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
    1 oz. lime juice
    1/2 oz. grenadine 
    Optional: A dash of Angostura bitters

    Mix in a highball or tall glass, garnish with mint and assorted fruit.

    A tiki classic created by Donn Beach in the '30s, the recipe for the incredibly potent Zombie was a highly guarded secret for years. Created in the shadows of the Hollywood tiki scene, the storied drink was supposedly created to help a hangover but only turned the poor chap into a "zombie" (his words). This faux tropical drink often comes with a warning, with most bartenders capping off patrons at one or two per night.

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    Strong Island Iced Tea

    1/2 oz. 151 proof rum
    1/2 oz. Jose Cuervo Gold tequila
    1/2 oz. gin
    1/2 oz. Smirnoff 100 vodka, or any other 100 proof vodka
    1/2 oz. Grand Marnier  
    2 oz. sweet and sour mix
    1 oz. Coca-Cola

    Serve in a highball glass over ice, garnish with mint.

    This is the evil, mustache-twirling version of the Long Island Iced Tea, an already somewhat lethal drink due to bartenders possibly overpouring.

    Some versions of the recipe request that you have a number for a taxi handy.

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    The Hurl Hurl Shot

    1/3 oz. Southern Comfort
    1/3 oz. melon liqueur
    1/3 oz. raspberry liqueur
    1/3 oz. peach schnapps
    1/3 oz. amaretto
    1/3 oz. Malibu rum
    1/3 oz. triple sec
    1/3 oz. creme de banane
    1/3 oz. cranberry juice

    Pour into shaker, shake with ice until very cold, serve as a shot.

    The fruity flavor of this lethal concoction is deceptive, as the many, many liquors quickly take hold. Don't be fooled: This sweet drink is pure, unadulterated evil in a shot glass. There are simply too many liquors in a single drink, making it a potent shot, and a dangerous drink. 

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    Aunt Roberta

    2 oz. absinthe
    1 oz. brandy
    3 oz. vodka
    1 1/2 oz. gin
    1 oz. blackberry liqueur

    Stir with ice until very cold, strain into a chilled glass, and pray. 

    This mind eraser of a drink was rumored to have been created in 1800s Alabama by a former prostitute who moved into the moonshine business, creating a drink that was strong enough to potentially kill the drinker. It is thought to be one of the strongest cocktails in the world.

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    Brain Hemorrhage

    1 oz. chilled peach schnapps
    1 oz. chilled Irish cream liqueur
    2-3 drops of grenadine

    Gently pour the Irish cream liqueur into the peach schnapps using the back of a spoon to create layering, then add the grenadine for a bloody effect. 

    The combination of peach schnapps, Irish cream liqueur, and grenadine makes for the perfect shooter that looks like the brain cells a drinker might want to kill. This ghastly and ghoulish drink will curdle, creating a drink that resembles a bloody brain.