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The World's Best (and Strongest) New Cocktails


Overproof spirits are the mixologist's new weapon of choice—but these five libations are as refined and flavorful as they are powerful. Just remember to drink very responsibly.

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Harnessed Hoopla
Base-spirit proof: 100
Chicago's Violet Hour rounds out the ragged edges of bonded apple brandy with a blend of fruit (apricot liqueur, lemon, raspberry syrup), old-school bitters, and seltzer.

Sham 69
Base-spirit proof: 102
This deceptively silky concoction from L.A.'s £10 sets you up with the citrus flavor of Amaro Nonino and Averna's herbal bouquet—before the sweet agave burn of the world's first cask-strength tequila hits.

White Negroni
Base-spirit proof: 114
Gin Palace in NYC wraps floral notes of bianco vermouth and the alpine botanicals of Salers aperitif around the white-hot, stiff-backed spine of navy-strength Perry's Tot gin for a take on the Italian classic.

Staggerac
Base-spirit proof: 143
The name says it all: NYC's PDT supercharges the classic Sazerac cocktail with scary-strong George T. Stagg Kentucky bourbon, inflected with anise-based Peychaud's bitters and absinthe.

Trinidad Hook
Base-spirit proof: 146
A black heart beats at the center of this tropical-noir daiquiri variation: Plantation Original Dark Overproof Rum. Mixed with fresh lime and passion-fruit-honey syrup, it's served at Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco.

—Christopher Ross


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Photograph by Justin Fantl. Prop styling by Donnie Meyers at De Facto. Aspen tumbler by Nachtmann.
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