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7 Insanely Strong Drinks to Make at Home

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There are evenings when you just want a light, low-ABV sipper to pass the evening in quiet relaxation. Then there are nights that call for a dark, stirred cocktail like a Black Pearl or a Prospector. But when even those potent cocktails won’t do, it’s time to bring in the big guns. While you could sip your favorite spirit neat to the same effect, these stiffest of mixed drinks will provide that brain-rattling, subwoofer buzz along with deep, complex flavor. Here, the strongest drinks we’ve got, for those who play hard.

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Originally invented to cure a patron’s hangover, this formidable cocktail (even by tiki standards) proved much stronger than your average hair of the dog drink, causing the ailing man to complain that the drink zombified him. Given its ability to wipe away all living cares, we wouldn’t suggest you use it as a morning-after cure—this deadly party monster is best relegated to the dark of night.

The Essentials

Rum
Absinthe
Falernum
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This Polynesian drink is as labor intensive as it is strong, thanks to the extravagant ice cone garnish. That said, the effort is well worth the payoff. The three rums meld into perfect chilled harmony as they rush up the ice-encased straw, tempered only by grapefruit juice, a bit of honey and some seltzer. If you need any more proof that this cocktail makes a powerful statement, know that it was a favorite of that potent personality, President Richard Nixon.

The Essentials

Rum
Grapefruit juice
honey syrup
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Jungle Juice is a college staple for two simple reasons: You can make it with any supplies on hand, and it always gets the party going. Whether you opt for a cleaned up version fit for a mature soirée, or you get down with a bucketful of everything but the kitchen sink (or a kitchen sink-ful, for that matter), following our basic ratios will yield a big batch drink that’s both boozy and legitimately drinkable.

The Essentials

Clear spirit
Fruit liqueur
White wine
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The Long Island may well be witchcraft. It’s difficult to explain how else this smorgasbord of booze—we’re talking gin, tequila, rum, triple sec and vodka—could come together into anything remotely palatable. But the Long Island Iced Tea goes well beyond drinkable. It’s an utter rite of passage. Ignore the haters and let yourself fall under the Long Island’s spell.

The Essentials

All Clear Spirits
Lemon Juice
Cola
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Most people don’t think of the Martini as a hardcore, high-ABV drink, but little separates the cocktail from a coupe-ful of straight spirit. There are endless ways to customize the drink to reduce its strength, but at its heart, the Martini is still the best way to dress up a nice pour of gin.

The Essentials

Gin
Dry Vermouth
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You know the Scorpion Bowl means business by the flaming 151 in the center of the bowl, which evokes the volcanic power of the drink. A mix of three liquors, wine, fresh citrus and orgeat, it’s garnished with straws protruding in every direction for easy sharing (and it definitely should be shared). Gather a few brave souls, lean in and inhale the mighty tiki punch.

The Essentials

Gin
Dark Rum
Orgeat
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Chatham Artillery Punch

When a party punch can waylay an entire regiment of dreaded Civil War elites, you know it packs some serious oomph. Beneath a lemon oleo-saccharum lurks Cognac, rum and bourbon, as well as three full bottles of Champagne. Stocking your own shindig with such heady munitions is a surefire way to blast through your guests’ awkward hesitations, especially given the drink’s addictive, citrusy taste. This advice comes from personal experience—the Supercall team has felt the blast of the Chatham Artillery on several occasions.

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