The Aunt Roberta

Do you need to forget something immediately and/or go blind? Then the Aunt Roberta is your answer.

The Aunt Roberta tastes really fine despite packing in half a bottle of booze.

The Aunt Roberta is less a cocktail than a cry for help. A brain-destroying mixture of absinthe, vodka, gin, and brandy, it will strip the enamel off your teeth, and several years off your life.

Considered by some to be the strongest cocktail in the world, Aunt Roberta’s namesake certainly packs a punch. The drink is not for the faint of heart. If you dare to try it, it’s actually pretty delicious, however, I recommend to NOT drink it when you are alone.

The roots

The Aunt Roberta cocktail has some history to it, but what’s most important is that it’s 100% alcoholic. There’s no juice, mixers, or fruit that’s diluting this bad girl down.

The Aunt Roberta was invented in the late 1800’s by an Alabama woman known today only as Aunt Roberta. Little is known about Roberta except that she was the mulatto daughter of a slave owner who fled an abusive home life and alcoholic father at the tender age of 11. Early on, she made her living picking cotton, and was nomadic for much of her early life.

She worked as a prostitute before her bootleg shack, where she began her career in the alcoholic beverage business by selling drinks made of homemade gin and moonshine. Most of the patrons of her establishment were homeless people, and rumor goes that 34 people have died over the two years she sold her homemade concoction.

Apparently, she stumbled upon it when drunk and was never able to get exactly the right measures again. She died in poverty aged 32 in 1886.

The drink was made famous when a customer of Aunt Roberta’s, a raccoon hunter named Billy Joe Spratt, introduced his version of the cocktail to New York after Aunt Roberta’s death. Spratt opened a series of bars based on the Aunt Roberta cocktail, and within two years became a millionaire.

The makin’s
2 parts Absinthe
1 part Brandy
1/2 part Gin
3 parts Vodka
1 part Crème de Mûres

The drill
Stir all ingredients over ice til very cold
Strain into a chilled glass
Do not drive


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