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.

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

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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