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5 Strange (but Tasty) Cocktail Ingredients

Calling all adventurous drinkers and thrill seekers. Anyone else looking to add some controversy to their cocktails? Then listen up!

Most drink recipes combine similar ingredients based on familiar, complementary flavors. These five ingredients break the mold and challenge convention to help you get out of your cocktail comfort zone. Because why bother with the ordinary when you can be extraordinary?


Camel Milk

Ever heard of a Camel Milk cocktail? Probably not, but we assure you it’s worth a shot. The Ritz-Carlton in Abu Dhabi famously serves camel milk cocktails that harness “the unique taste of the Middle East.” Check out this article that provides some background on camel milk and recipes that include this culturally-significant cocktail ingredient.

Squid Ink

On the search for something shocking? Try looking under the sea. This ingredient makes for an ‘ink’redible conversation-starter. The deep inky-black color creates an alarming visual that pairs nicely with its mild briny taste. Check out these 3 recipes to get your boozy sea expedition started!


This is your sign to add an extra dose of health to your happy hour! Beetroot is a ruby red superfood packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. The distinctive, earthy flavor tends to turn people away, but it’s actually quite tasty when used carefully. Check out this recipe if you need some inspiration!


Add bacon to anything, and we are automatically intrigued. As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why not extend that sentiment to behind the bar? This unexpected ingredient is sure to impress even the most skeptical of drinkers. Check out this mind-blowing recipe for bacon-infused vodka to add to your next Bloody Mary or favorite brunch cocktail.

Chia Seeds

Adding seeds to a cocktail might seem counterintuitive, but it is actually quite tasty! Chia seeds have a number of nutritional benefits including being a great source of natural energy. Pairing these mineral-packed seeds with fresh lime juice makes for an extremely palatable and energizing drink suitable for those long summer days. Check out this recipe for a Chia Fresca when you’re ready to push your boozy boundaries!

We hope these ingredients add an extra dose of surprise and delight to your next night out. Instead of shying away from the unusual, embrace it. You may just find an unconventional taste worth writing home about!

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