Matthew Kelly

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The Strongest Drinks You Can Make at Home

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After a particularly long day at work, you just want to go home and have a drink—a strong drink. But clearly you’re exhausted, so you have neither the time nor the inclination to muddle and juice or measure out the 14 ingredients in a tiki classic. Save those activities for the weekend. Tonight, just walk over to your bar and mix up one of these potent yet easy drinks.

Matthew Kelly
The LIIT: It’s not just for college juniors anymore. When you need a stiff drink but don’t want to know you’re having one, the Long Island is there for you. Between the full proof spirits and the triple sec there are 4.5 ounces of alcohol in one of these, so have one, sit down and watch some Hulu. You’ll be good for the evening.

The Essentials

All Clear Spirits
Lemon Juice
Cola
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A scotchy version of the Manhattan, the Rob Roy has mostly flown under the radar even as classic cocktails like Manhattans and Old Fashioneds came roaring back during the first part of this century. It’s hard to say why—perhaps because the blended scotch you use to make one just isn’t as fashionable as single malt, bourbon or rye. Regardless, you can help spread the good word of the Rob Roy one drink at a time.

The Essentials

Scotch
Sweet Vermouth
Bitters
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Classic, classy, strong—the Martini is all of them. And while stirring a Martini is not as easy as the dump and drink method of say, a Long Island Iced Tea, it’s an important life skill, so practice up. You’ll be glad you did as you unwind with a cold drink at the end of the day.

The Essentials

Gin
Dry Vermouth
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What, you think it’s weird to drink a Boilermaker at home? Maybe you’re the weird one. If you think about it, a shot and a beer is really just a deconstructed cocktail. If you’re the type of Boilermaker drinker who likes to drop the shot in her pint glass, even better. Plus, now that you’re not in a bar full of people, you won’t feel pressured to chug your drink and you can enjoy it at your own pace.

The Essentials

beer
whiskey
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The reason you know this is a strong drink is because the MF stands for the curse word you usually associate with those letters, and any cocktail with such an aggressive moniker is bound to knock you on your ass. The same potency as the Long Island Iced Tea, the AMF swaps out triple sec for blue curaçao (for the fun blue look) and Coke for Sprite, 7-UP or whatever lemon-lime soda you have on hand.

The Essentials

all clear spirits
blue curaçao
lemon-lime soda
Marisa Chafetz
If you had a particularly hard day, you may want one of these. Bitter Fernet-Branca gives the Fanciulli a real bite to match your mood. To match that, we recommend using an overproof rye like Rittenhouse, which has the added benefit of making the drink extra strong.

The Essentials

Whiskey
Vermouth
Fernet Branca
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OK, so you probably don’t want to try to finish this one by yourself. But if you need a strong drink in a hurry for you and your whole crew, you can make a batch of our upscale Jungle Juice in minutes. It’ll give you all the benefits of a college party with none of the cheap taste.

The Essentials

Clear spirit
Fruit liqueur
White wine

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