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The Langham London's New Cocktail Might Gross You Out Then Get You Drunk

October 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM | by | ()

'Tis the season for cocktails whose appearance might cause you to retch at first sight. If you can stomach faux toasted Colombian giant ants and Mopani worms sitting atop your beverage—a finishing touch conceived of by the mixologists at London's Langham Hotel—then sip and you'll be rewarded with a top-shelf concoction.

The seasonal Vieux Carre cocktail was inspired by a drink originally created in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, the head bartender at New Orleans' Monteleone Hotel. With a gothic, Southern influence as its jumping off point, cognac and rye whiskey is "aged with bespoke infused vermouth, bitters, and herbal liqueur in a glass bottle for a period of two weeks with wooden stave charred and cut into," giving the combination of spirits (get it?) a subtle, semi-oaky taste.

Served at the hotel's Artisan Bar and priced at a scare-inducing £16.50, it's going to cost you quite a lot to get trollied.

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