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These Onion-Infused Cocktails Pack A Serious Punch

Onion-based cocktail

Onions in cocktails might sound like something out of a quirky chef's fever dream. But as connoisseurs of all things drinkable, we are here to guide you through this unexpectedly delightful journey. So bring out your knives because it’s time to slice, dice and shake our way into surprising cocktails with onion as the unlikely ingredient!

The Savoury, Dirty Margarita

Imagine a margarita, but with an attitude. We're adding pickled red onions here, folks. Combine 50 ml Don Julio Blanco with a splash of lime and 5 ml of that zesty pickling juice from the onions. Shake it up and maybe add a bit of soda if you're feeling bubbly. Garnish with a pickled onion and a smidge of Sriracha. It's like your regular margarita went on a savoury vacation.

Brunch's Best Friend: Toasted Onion Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary is the queen of brunch, but she's got a new hat made of toasted onion. Take 45 ml Smirnoff Red, add in your tomato juice, throw in a splash of pickle and hot sauce. Then, the secret weapon: About 2 grams of granulated toasted onion. Let it mingle in the fridge for a bit. Good things come to those who wait. This drink has enough flavour to compete with your avocado toast.

Onion-based cocktail.

The Red Zeppelin

Now, this is where things get colourful. The Red Zeppelin is a showstopper with its salted red onion syrup. It's all about balancing the sweet and savoury. Mix 45 ml Talisker 10 and 15 ml pineapple rum, 10 ml of fresh lime juice, a splash of pineapple juice, and 20 ml of homemade salted red onion syrup. Pour over ice and garnish with a little flair of red onion skin. It's bold, it's dramatic and it's a flavour rollercoaster.

Jalapeño Onion Martini

Who said martinis are just for olives? Let's twist it up with some jalapeño-stuffed onions. Mix 50 ml Tanqueray No. 10, stir in some dry vermouth and add a dash of Angostura bitters. Garnish with those spicy onions for a martini that packs a punch. It's like James Bond went on a spicy undercover mission.

A Sweet Paradox: Peach and Onion Cocktail

Last up is the Peach and Onion Cocktail. It's the odd couple in the cocktail world, but trust us, it works. Muddle some sweet onion petals, add 45 ml Ciroc Vodka, 15 ml of lemon juice and 15 ml of honey clove syrup. Shake it, strain it, and garnish with a cocktail onion and a bit of green onion. It's sweet, it's tangy, and it's got a subtle kick that’ll make you think, ‘Why haven't I tried this before?’

Forget curries and sliders. These cocktails, although unusual and not everyone’s cup of tea, bring a new appreciation for the often-overlooked taste of onions, especially when paired with the right spirit. Give these a try to bring more dimension to your experiments at the bar.