In Photos: Here are the “Deadliest” (Also, Prettiest) Cocktails in Asia

Travel through Asia with these signature drinks.

There are certain nights during your travel you should spend letting loose and experiencing local nightlife!

Here are the strongest cocktails you can seek out on your next trip around Asia, curated especially for those who play hard.

Arak Attack

There’s a reason why this Indonesian cocktail is called such, and long-term Bali residents know of it fully well. Made primarily of arak, a traditional Balinese rice liquor, with soda or citrus juices, Arak Attack holds a reputation for being foul-tasting but so strong that, if you had every intention to get smashed as quickly as possible, it would do the trick. Ask the Balinese about the drink and you’ll immediately be met with horror stories, such as how over 25 people died from alcohol poisoning by drinking this in 2009. But then, it’s the life-threatening risk that makes having the Arak Attack all the more exciting. You can get yourself a glass while lounging around the bars around Kuta Beach.


Death in the Afternoon

Ernest Hemingway once crafted a cocktail recipe for a book back in 1935 which called for “1 jigger of absinthe into a champagne glass. Add iced champagne until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness.” Not too many bars in the world offer this drink because of its high-level riskiness (it’s 110% proof) and instead switch out absinthe for safer and more “legal” alternatives. Although, bartenders at SkyBar at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are said to have been able to whip it up for anyone who asks.


Weng Weng

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Weng Weng roughly translates to “someone completely intoxicated,” which pretty much sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy when in the Philippines. It’s one of the better-known local drinks which involves six different kinds of alcohol — rum, gin, vodka, tequila, brandy, and scotch — mixed with tropical juices and grenadine, and it’s enough to get you buzzed on your first glass.



This Indian equivalent of moonshine (high-proof distilled liquor) is made from yeast fermentation of sugar cane often brewed illegally. Apparently, because of its unbearably pungent smell, it has to be prepared as far away from densely populated areas as possible. And according to the lucky few who’ve had it and lived to tell the tale, it tastes exactly like death.


Snake Wine

Snake Wine is as deadly as it sounds. This Vietnamese drink is made by infusing whole venomous snakes in rice wine, and is so strong that it’s best downed quickly. When homemade, Snake Wine can turn out to be lethal. But with a drink that looks as cool as this, wouldn’t you want to take the risk?


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