10 Crazy Long Drink Mixes That Are Surprisingly Good!
While there’s nothing wrong with having that go-to favorite mixed drink, part of the fun of going to a cocktail bar is enjoying new experiences. Some of the most exciting concoctions you’ll ever taste can be found in long drinks, aka tall drinks. If you’re avoiding exotic libations because you’re afraid of unfamiliar ingredients, you could be missing out. There’s a reason why bartenders put so much effort into their mixed drink menus.
A long drink mix
Generally speaking, a long drink consists of alcohol mixed with 150 to 260 milliliters of a mixer in a tall glass. That extra volume leaves plenty of room for mixologists to get creative with their ingredients. The following long drinks bridge the gap between crazy and delicious.
To some people, a tiki drink is just a base of rum with a fruity mixer. The Fog Cutter takes that concept up a notch with a truly one-of-a-kind combination of tropical island flavors. In this boozy creation, white rum is combined with gin, brandy and Amontillado sherry. Be careful because you might start to feel a little foggy after drinking it.
- 45 mL white rum
- 15 mL gin
- 15 mL brandy
- 60 mL fresh orange juice
- 30 mL fresh lemon juice
- 15 mL orgeat (almond-flavored syrup)
- 15 mL Amontillado sherry
- Pour into a tall glass with ice and garnish with a mint sprig
Combining watermelon juice and chili powder certainly isn’t a common alcohol mixer. Once you try the In-Sandíary (a play on “incendiary”), however, you’ll love the combination. This refreshing cocktail blends fruit and pepper like no other.
- 5 mL ancho chile powder
- 5 mL kosher salt
- 5 mL sugar
- 60 mL tequila
- 60 mL watermelon juice
- 15 mL fresh lime juice
- 8 mL simple syrup
- Mix and serve in an iced Collins glass with a lime wedge
When you’re tired of the standard vodka and cranberry, adding just a few more ingredients can really spice, or should we say allspice, it up. The Good Tidings’ secret weapon is a spoonful of allspice dram, a dark liqueur with a strong cinnamon character. This serves as the perfect counterpoint to the sweet and tart flavors of Cointreau, lemon and cranberry. As the name implies, it’s the perfect long drink for the holiday season.
- 45 mL vodka
- 30 mL Cointreau
- 30 mL lemon juice
- 30 mL cranberry juice
- 5 mL of allspice dram
- Pour into an iced Collins glass and top with soda
Part of the trick of concocting a great drink is finding complementary ingredients. In the Tangled Up, bitter notes do battle with sweet cream sherry. The result is a long drink with distinct flavors that are appropriately “tangled up.” In particular, the French aperitif Suze adds a pleasant hint of bitterness that adds another dimension to this sparkling rebutjito.
- 60 mL oloroso or cream sherry
- 8 mL Suze
- 120 mL bitter lemon soda
- Pour into a highball glass with ice and stir
- Add a spiral-cut lemon twist for garnish
Not all crazy long drinks are soaked in potent booze. In fact, the Treasure Chest stands out because it’s so light and refreshing. The drink is perfect for a summer afternoon spent socializing with friends. While the alcohol content may be lower, the flavors are certainly striking. You’ll get an unexpected kick from the cinnamon syrup, which blends well with the red wine and chai tea-infused sherry.
- 60 mL red wine
- 30 mL Lillet Rouge
- 30 mL chai tea-infused oloroso sherry
- 8 mL cinnamon syrup
- Strain into a tall wine glass
- Top with dry sparkling wine
If you’re against adding a little heat to your alcohol, this mixed drink could change your mind. The beverage starts with the classic Paloma base, which consists of tequila with grapefruit and lime juice. What really gives it a kick, however, is the chili-infused Aperol. This involves leaving a Thai chili in a glass of Aperol for 10 to 20 minutes. The strained liquor will take your drink from mild to wild.
- 60 mL tequila
- 20 mL Chili-infused Aperol
- 30 mL grapefruit juice
- 15 mL lime juice
- 15 mL simple syrup
- Pour over ice into a Collins glass and top with club soda
There’s no rule against making a great mixed drink with wine. In the case of the Astral Plane, white port is used to anchor a concoction that combines some seemingly contradictory flavors. The bitterness of the Salers and Peychaud’s balances the sweetness of the wine and simple syrup. With one sip, your taste buds may cross to another astral plane.
- 30 mL white port
- 30 mL Salers Gentiane
- 30 mL lemon juice
- 20 mL simple syrup
- 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- Drink served over ice and garnished with a grapefruit slice
- Top with soda
Beer is another oft-forgotten base alcohol that can be used for a great long drink. In the Michelada, you take your light beer of choice and combine it with a rich mix of spices. The concoction gets a nice twist via a few drops of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. If you’re worried about the level of spice, add a few extra ice cubes. The result will redefine your typical Corona.
- 1 light beer
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 150 mL lime juice
- 2 drops Tabasco
- 2 drops Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pinch of black pepper black pepper
- Served in a tall glass that’s garnished in salt
Do you like the idea of adding a little breakfast to your drink? The Golden Age gets its unique texture and color from egg yolk. While this may seem like an unusual ingredient, the yolk blends perfectly with the amber rum and lemon bitters.
- 60 mL amber rum
- 15 mL cherry liqueur
- 20 mL fresh lemon juice
- 15 mL simple syrup
- 1 large egg yolk
- 5 dashes of lemon bitters
- Shake ingredients and pour into a tall glass with crushed ice
- Garnish with lemon wheel and maraschino cherry
Don’t worry, this drink isn’t quite as violent as it sounds. However, the combination of Angostura bitters with pineapple juice is killer. Of course, the real star of the show is the ginger. Your bartender could mix in a healthy dose of either the fresh or juice variety of this powerful spice.
- 90 mL pineapple juice
- 60 mL gin
- 30 mL Curaçao liqueur
- 15 mL lemon juice
- 5 mL Fresh Ginger (roughly chopped)
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Pour over ice in a Collins glass