Last Updated on November 26, 2023 by Lydia Martin
Strong drinks are the way to go if you’re feeling a bit experimental or want to try something that packs a punch.
Strong doesn’t necessarily mean harsh, though — you’d be surprised that some of these mixed drinks are very easy sippers, and if you’re not careful, you can get carried away.
We’ve had a worthwhile chat with bartenders, and they’ve spilled the beans on the strongest drinks to order at a bar. Enjoy!
Top 15 Strongest Drinks You Should Order Today
The Sazerac rye whiskey is a staple in most bars, and imagine our surprise when we learned that it’s one of the strongest mixed drinks most people order at the bar.
Rinsing the inside of the glass with a bit of absinthe will do wonders in making the flavors of the Sazerac pop, so take note that the bartender does this essential step.
We enjoyed the kick of this potent drink, mainly because the rye whiskey has a spicy and tasty flavor profile.
“In the world of cocktails, the strongest ones are reserved for the boldest souls.”
You can also ask for an extra sugar cube if you want it to be sweeter or an extra shot glass of whiskey if you want a more potent drink.
2. Caribou Lou
It isn’t the most popular cocktail drink, so let the bartender know precisely how to make it if you want to try it. Be careful with the potent cocktail because it contains a high-proof rum (coconut rum).
3. Four Horsemen No. 3
The Four Horsemen No. 3 uses any four spirits, and some bars will have their own take on it.
It’s also pretty spicy and intense, flavor-wise — imagine cinnamon, peppermint, and Jagermeister sliding down your throat in one go.
Bars that might not have these ingredients could use rum, lime juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine instead. Of course, these alcoholic cocktails aren’t as strong as the former.
We ordered the Zombie with grapefruit juice, and we noticed it was sweeter with a nice kick at the end.
5. Death in the Afternoon
It’s not the strongest drink on the menu, but it’s leagues above regular champagne.
It was named after Ernest Hemingway’s novel, with the writer suggesting drinking three to five of it in one sitting.
We don’t know about you, but that sounds like a trainwreck waiting to happen.
6. Jungle Juice
You won’t be able to get Jungle Juice from a bar, but it’s fairly easy to make this drink at home.
If you do it correctly, the only thing you’ll be able to taste from one of the strongest mixed drinks is juice.
To make Jungle Juice, you need an entire bottle of grain alcohol (vodka is best) and some fresh fruits, like berries, chopped apples, and cherries.
Put everything inside a large pitcher and leave it to stew overnight before serving it like a fruit punch.
7. Black Russian
Coffee lovers swear by the Black Russian cocktail, but you probably didn’t know it has a high alcohol content.
This drink can be more potent using a 100-proof vodka instead, like Absolut 100. You can also ask for additional espresso powder for more caffeine.
8. Corpse Reviver
The Corpse Reviver was made in the 1930s to cure hangovers (hence its name), but you don’t need to be hungover to enjoy this strong drink.
Gin, Cointreau, and Absinthe all have at least 40 percent ABV. On the other hand, Lillet Blanc has an average of 17 percent ABV.
The Negroni is a classic cocktail you probably didn’t know had much alcohol.
It tastes amazing, so it can be easy to drink too much if you’re enjoying yourself.
11. Aunt Roberta
Aunt Roberta is much like Long Island as it contains numerous spirits.
All ingredients used to build this drink have at least 40 percent ABV, with absinthe playing in the 45-ish percent ABV mark.
12. Bone Dry Martini
Think of the Bone Dry Martini as the driest relative of the already-Dry Martini.
Since Martinis are usually made with vermouth, gin, and vodka, a Bone Dry Martini is made by omitting vermouth, a low-alcohol fortified wine. Therefore, this cocktail drink is made with 100 percent alcohol.
It’s also dressed like a regular Martini, with olives and a lemon peel inside a martini glass or a chilled glass.
13. Liquid Cocaine
With a name like Liquid Cocaine, you know you’re in for a unique flavor and effect ( and no, it does not have cocaine on it!).
14. Hand Grenade
The Hand Grenade sounds like it’ll cause an explosion in your system.
This specialty cocktail is known as New Orleans’ Most Powerful Drink, served in the French Quarter of the state.
It can be served either blended or on the rocks.
15. Long Island Iced Tea
The Long Island Iced Tea is one of the strongest mixed drinks on the menu, but it seems like all you’re drinking is a tall glass of iced tea.
“For the most part, [the Long Island iced tea] is for people who… think, ‘This is the fastest way to get to where I’m going.'”
-Morgan Robison, Wenwen’s Beverage Director
Depending on the type of glass used, you could end up with very little cola — meaning most of your drink is pure alcohol.
You can also check out our recommended Long Island Iced Tea premix options here.
What’s a sweet but strong alcoholic drink to order at a bar?
The Long Island Iced Tea is a sweet but strong alcoholic drink to order at a bar.
It looks and tastes like you’re just drinking Coke, so it can be pretty easy to forget that you have five different kinds of alcohol in the drink.
Is there a strong fruity drink to order at a bar?
Yes. The Zombie is a strong, fruity drink to order at a bar. It uses a few fruit juices — pineapple, lime, and grapefruit — so you can already expect how fruity the result is.
Of course, it’s still potent, with three different kinds of rum in the mix.
What is a strong alcoholic drink that tastes good?
Martini is a strong alcoholic beverage that tastes good. It typically combines gin or vodka with a touch of vermouth and is garnished with an olive or lemon twist.
The balance of flavors and the chilling elegance of a martini make it a popular choice for those who enjoy an intense yet refined drink.
Strong drinks are for those looking for something other than the usual, and best believe they have equally fantastic flavor notes.
Our favorite strong drink is the classic Sazerac, which may be because we’re partial to whiskey. We love how this perfect cocktail is uniquely spicy and strong, laced with an unmistakable depth from the Angostura bitters and cognac.
The Zombie , Caribou Lou, and Four Horsemen No. 3 are other potent drinks you can order for the effect you’re looking for.
But of course, we urge you to drink responsibly — it can be easy to get carried away with these potent cocktails if you’re not careful.