Cocktails are often one's first impression of any restaurant or bar. While taste is important, the mere appearance of a drink can send guests into an Instagram frenzy. To that effect, many restaurants and bars have created over-the-top drinks to blow diners away before they even take a sip. From alcohol-infused air to the world's most expensive cocktails, here are 10 of the most outrageous and impressive libations ever served:
Cider at The Aviary — This cocktail lounge in Chicago has gained a reputation for its creative libations. Several of the bar's innovative drinks are served in custom-designed glass porthole infusers such as the "Cider" — a combination of sliced apples, ginger, apple brandy, hibiscus, sage, thyme, and other ingredients.
Bottle Rocket at GEM Italian Kitchen Nightclub & Lounge — This Boston lounge offers a different kind of bottle service: dumping an entire bottle of high-end champagne into mixtures of liquor, fruit, and dry ice.
Flaming Lamborghini Shot at The Myst — Watch this video of a bartender at molecular gastronomy spot, The Myst, in Bangkok, Thailand create this labor-intensive shot known as the Flaming Lamborghini.
Bloody Mary at Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille — Located in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, this restaurant takes bloody mary garnish to the extreme. Not only is the classic brunch cocktail dressed with giant prawns, but it also gets topped with a whole fried soft shell crab.
$10,000 Diamond-Infused Martini at Vaucluse Lounge — Big Sean and 2 Chainz went to this exclusive lounge in Hollywood to sip on a martini that has not only been infused with diamonds, but is served with $10,000 worth of diamonds in the glass. "It tastes like a Rolex."
Bubble Bath Martini at Lounge Bohemia — London hot spot Lounge Bohemia is a Czech-inspired bar known for its inventive and over-the-top libations. This quirky martini is evidence of why.
The Winston at Club 23 — While its Guinness World Record's title for most expensive cocktail ($12,916) may be tainted by controversy, the time and effort that went into making this drink is impressive.
Magic Mojito at SLS Beverly Hills — A cloud of cotton candy adds a touch of whimsy to the average mojito.