Top Eight Most Dangerous Drinks
With some drinks, it’s clear what you’re dealing with. From the moment you pick up an Old Fashioned, sweating in its heavy glass and giving off a tang of whiskey, you know to sip and savor slowly.
Not so with all drinks. Some go down so easy that it’s only after you’ve downed a couple that you realize—whoops. I’m in trouble, here.
Here are the top ten most “dangerous” drinks, the ones that require a mental reminder to pace yourself, lest you end up reliving the worst hangovers of your youth.
8. Mai Tais
Recipes vary widely, but this fruity blend usually features rum (sometimes two kinds), fruit juice, and grenadine in tropical combinations. In whatever form it takes, it’s fruity, sweet, and innocently hiding a good deal of rum.
7. Amaretto Stone Sour
The amaretto stone sour one-ups the regular amaretto sour with the addition of orange juice. It’s bright, sweet, and not particularly boozy. But it’s also easy to drink a few without realizing how much amaretto you’ve downed.
8. Adult Root Beer Floats
For a take on a childhood favorite, these sure pack a punch. They’re made by adding vanilla vodka (or sometimes Kahlua) to root beer, then toping it all off with a scoop of ice cream. While their strength varies widely based on how much vodka you’re using, all the sweetness means you probably won’t even taste the alcohol.
5. Death in the Afternoon
This mix of absinthe and champagne is a luxurious classic cocktail. If the name doesn’t tip you off to its potency, the inventor should: Ernest Hemingway, who recommended: “Drink three to five of these slowly.”
The favorite cocktail of the Sex and the City set, cosmos can definitely creep up on you. The cranberry-citrus combination is tart and sweet, but still mostly vodka.
3. Sloe Comfortable Screw Up the Wall (Mexican Style)
The name makes sense wen you hear what’s in it: Sloe Gin, Southern Comfort, Galliano, tequila, and orange juice. It’s tasty, and it’ll have you on the floor if you’re not careful.
2. Jungle Juice
The downfall of many a college kid, jungle juice blends fruit juice, Everclear, and whatever other liquor the host is in the mood for. It’s a popular party drink, but as you’re mindlessly sipping on the sweet juice, you may not notice the buzz sneaking up on you.
1. Long Island Iced Tea
The Long Island Iced Tea is sweet, smooth, and potent. A healthy glug of sweet-and-sour mix, plus a splash of Coke, masks the strength of five different liquors: vodka, tequila, rum, gin, and triple sec. It’s a notoriously deceptive drink, and you don’t want to be at the bottom of your third when you realize just how strong they are.