If you love liquor but find yourself getting bored of the same old things every time you go to the liquor store, you may be looking for something a little more unique or weird to experience. On the other hand, you might just be searching for the perfect gift for someone in your life who appreciates thinking a little bit differently about how to enjoy alcohol. Whatever the reason may be, if you’re on the hunt for some unique (and sometimes bizarre) liquor alternatives, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our list below to help you find the right choice for your new booze adventure.
1. Cinnamon moonshine
Start things off simply with a shot of cinnamon (or fireball) moonshine. A little milder than the whiskey version of the same, this fun party liquor is sure to turn heads when you bring it out for your next get-together. Don’t forget to try some of the other unique, if a little tamer, flavors of moonshine on the market—including apple pie. You may find that this spirit quickly becomes one of your new favorite go-to choices for entertaining as well as for sipping on your own at home.
Anybody who knows of the sordid past surrounding absinthe is sure to be interested in giving it a try. Of course, modern-day absinthe is not as potent nor as dangerous as traditional old-fashioned absinthe may be, but it’s still fun to give it a try—and it’s still a fairly stout liquor that’s sure to spice up your cocktails. Take care not to overdo it, as it does still have a high alcohol content in comparison to many other liquors.
3. Unicorn Tears gin
Okay, so it’s not really made of unicorn tears—of course!—but this is still a fun party liquor that’s sure to make a splash. Actually, it’s a mild gin that looks as good as it tastes and has an autumnal flavor of black licorice and orange, among other notes. This is a unique alcoholic beverage that may be only available as an import product.
4. Cinnamon Churro Smirnoff
Not feeling the cinnamon moonshine? Consider cinnamon vodka instead, courtesy of Smirnoff. This lovely light vodka is great for milk-based cocktails and anything that needs to be sweet. Although it’s cinnamon flavored, it’s much less spicy than some of the other cinnamon liquors on the market, so you may even prefer to sip at it on its own or add it a bit more subtly to other cocktails, too.
5. Cookies and Cream Ole Smoky whiskey
While you’re stocking up on your cinnamon moonshine, don’t forget to grab a bottle of cookies and cream whiskey—available from Ole Smoky as well. This traditional Tennessee whiskey is a light potable that offers a unique combination of sweet and distinct whiskey flavors in every sip. It’s best enjoyed on its own, slowly, but it may also be a great addition to cooking and baking, especially when you’re looking for something to make your desserts a little more exciting.
6. Smoked Salmon Vodka
This is a weird one, but if you find yourself in a liquor store that carries products from Alaska Distillery, you may want to just give in and give this alcohol a try. Smoked salmon vodka really is flavored like smoked salmon, although the taste is quite a lot subtler than you may expect. It’s made from real smoked salmon as one of the ingredients and it is best enjoyed on its own over ice—if you can handle it.
7. Pickle-flavored vodka
If you love vinegar and you love thick and substantial cocktails, you’re sure to enjoypickle-flavored vodka. Just keep in mind that it does have a powerful flavor and it’s not for the faint of heart, or for anyone who isn’t a fan of dill pickles in the first place. This is a very fun addition to a Bloody Mary, and it can really step up your brunch game when you add a splash or two into this drink before serving it to your guests.
8. Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka
Ever heard of making vodka from milk? Well, now you have: Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka is made from the fermented byproducts of cheese that is, in turn, made from the milk of grass-fed cows. It may sound like a complicated process, but in the end it creates a unique twist on vodka that provides an almost vanilla subtlety with sweeter notes than most traditional vodka styles and flavors. Bring out a bottle of this unique beverage at your next party and get ready to use it as an icebreaker or a conversation starter that no one will be able to ignore.
9. Honorable mention: craft beers
Yeah, craft beer is nothing new, and it may not be the impressive party centerpiece you’re looking for. But if you love beer and you love weird flavors in your alcohol, you may be overlooking one of the most reasonable solutions right in front of your face. Plenty of craft beer breweries make unique and bizarre flavors in small batches year-round, so if you’re looking to try something you haven’t tasted before and branch out a little bit in the world of beer drinking, you might want to consider picking up a few different takes on the craft beer craze.
So what do you think? Are you ready to take the plunge and try one or more of these strange liquor concoctions? Some of them may seem more tame than others, but all of them are sure to be a showstopper at your next big gathering or event. Of course, you may also just want to pick up a bottle or two and try them on your own without any intention of sharing them. However you choose to enjoy them, you’re sure to find something to love from our list of weird liquors!