Strong Island Iced Tea
Ever had that moment when you feel like letting go of everything and letting alcohol rush in your blood? Have you wanted to sense the sweet and warm intoxication of your booze in no time? Lords of the Drinks will tell you about 7 beverages that will bring dizziness in your head before you’re ready to say “I’m drunk.”
1. After Shock
When you see the flames in the shots with this sweet drink, you already know you are about to play with fire. The burning sensation is amplified by the 40% alcohol content; however, the producer introduced a version in 2009 for the faint at heart. It packs only 30%. Fortunately, the “real” thing can still be found in stores in bars. Rumor has it that After Shock crystallizes in your stomach until the next morning, then the crystals liquidate and release a second wave of alcohol into the blood stream. The drink remains popular mainly among the young people, which is understandable – you need solid health to consume it. After Shock comes in several colors – black, red, green, etc. All of them will set you on fire very quickly, so be careful.
This liqueur is made of 56 herbs and that’s the only healthy thing about it. The “hunting master” (translated from German) will surely go after your liver and you won’t run fast enough to escape it. Germans humorously call the drink “liver glue”, or Leberkleister. Maybe it’s no coincidence that this word rhymes with the name of the liqueur. We have all reasons to believe the Germans – the 35% Jägermeister is so sweet and sticky that before you realize it, it will have glued your liver. With German accuracy.
Of course, of course it’s impossible to compose such ranking without this classics. Being called “the moment of happiness between the salt and the lemon, ” tequila is widely considered as one of the best party drinks. It is usually associated with the concept that whoever consumes it, had gone out to have real fun and kick his liver around tonight. Regardless of the many versions of tequila varying in taste and alcohol content, it remains one of the fastest way to get drunk. And it may save you the headache, if you can’t stand the sweetness of the Aftershock and the Jägermeister.
If you let this drink mislead you with its cute appearance, taste and name, it will have a surprise for you. Yes, it resembles iced tea in flavor, but this is the only similarity between a regular one and a Long Island version. This cocktail is made up of FIVE types of liquors, namely vodka, rum, gin, tequila and triple sec. If you’re thirsty and unaware of the 22% alcohol content, you may find yourself gulping down the refreshing drink very quickly. And maybe it will become your favorite jolly iced tea.
Anise booze has always attracted drinkers with the strong flavor and aroma, as well as the way it provides refreshment in the hot summers. It is usually consumed with some appetizers, like salads or watermelon. However, if you give up the appetizers, this liquor will nail your head in just a few glasses. Greek ouzo shouldn’t be lower than 37, 5%, however, some producers raise the percentage up to 42, 5%. French pastis, although stronger (40-45%) is related to a culture of nobler drinking. Thank God that anise drinks are not consumed in shots, otherwise only the toughest guys would stand on their feet in Bulgaria where the mastika has alcohol content of 47%. Because of its very strong flavor it is rarely consumed without chasers or appetizers. Other anise drinks from around the world include Italian sambuca, Turkish raki, Colombian aguardiente, etc.
Oh yes, this ranking wouldn’t be complete without the deceitful gin. The successor of the jenever has entrapped into addiction many celebrities who couldn’t live without it. It goes well with tonic or sprite, which make its taste milder. With such a simple mixture you can very easily knock back glass after glass in the hot summer until…um…the Gin comes out of the bottle.
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