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The 15 most Instagrammable cocktails on the planet

Phones at the ready: Here are the best must-snap cocktails from around the world.

By Kyra Hanson

From volcanic vessels erupting at tiki bars in Paris to cereal-inspired boozy ice cubes in Chicago, we’ve rounded up the world’s wackiest and most wonderful-looking cocktails. Love dinos? There’s a cocktail bar in Sydney with a photogenic treat for you. Want to drink something from a lightbulb? You’re in luck. These bizarre and often highly technical creations—no simple martini recipes here!—are guaranteed to up your “likes” game. And before you get ’gramming, check out our tips for taking perfect food pics

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Most Instagrammable cocktails on the planet

1. #133 Spirit Forward at Botanist, Shanghai

Yes, it’s a cocktail in a light bulb—and isn’t it the prettiest cocktail in a light bulb you’ve ever seen? A heady floral mix of fresh lemon juice, thyme, pear liqueur, rose water plus The Botanist gin and a splash of dry vermouth make this one bright idea indeed.

Cocktail💡 #botanistshanghai #drinking #cocktail #instanight

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3. The Blue Absinthe Fairy at Blue Butcher, Hong Kong

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This elegant, antique-inspired tipple is perfect for sharing with mates (ideally the ones who can handle their liquor). A potent concoction of absinthe, gin, blue curaçao, lillet blanc and lemon juice cascades from this absinthe ‘fountain,’ which will have you seeing multiple blue fairies by the end of the night.

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4. Prairie Oyster’ at 69 Colebrooke Row, London

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If it’s a spicy kick you’re after, this deconstructed bloody mary should do the job. Don’t worry: That fleshy yolk is actually clarified tomato juice floating in a sea of horseradish vodka and all the usual ingredients. Slurp it back in one and that hangover will be but a distant memory. 

Best ending #cocktail ever #prairieoyster at the #69colebrookerow.

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5. The Great Gatsby at El Paradiso, Barcelona

Be transported back to the Prohibition era with this elaborate boozy homage to F. Scott Fitzgerald. A tongue-tingling mix of Macallan amber whiskey, ramazzotti amaro, truffle honey and lavender bitters, it arrives under a bell jar filled with billowing vanilla and chocolate tobacco-flavoured smoke, plus a chunk of blue cheese for good measure.

@paradiso_barcelona | The Great Gatsby

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6. Thai Tea at Rokc, New York

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How dainty: A cocktail in an egg shell, cradled by a mossy bird’s nest. But don’t be fooled by the delicate vessel, this little number packs an absinthe-flavored punch, which thankfully is softened by the cachaça and condensed milk.

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8. The Rainbow at the Cock & Tail Cafe, Cape Town

This is probably the closest you’ll ever get to sipping a sunset. Fresh fruit juice, vodka, Bacardi and Butlers Liqueur are frozen and blended into an ice slushie then layered to make this retro-lookin’ dreamboat of a drink.

Feeling tropical #cocktails🍹#rainbow#slushi

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9. Scorpion Bowl at Dirty Dick, Paris

It’s all about the flaming rum with this volcanic eruption of a cocktail. The tiki-inspired tipple contains cognac, gin and rum, so expect to be crying “Aloha!” at the floral-shirted bartenders before the night is over.

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10. The Space Odyssey and El Draque at Central Station, Beirut


13. Spring Thaw at Bar Chef, Toronto

This ethereal woodland arrangement is in fact a gorgeous gin-based tipple, topped with chamomile syrup, sparkling wine, campari and vanilla granita, plus basil, orange blossom, winter thaw and lilac. Even the petals are edible. Serious flower power.

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14. The Silly Rabbit at the Sixth, Chicago

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Though inspired by the flavors of children’s cereal Trix, this rainbow-colored beverage is strictly adults only. The four stacked cubes are soaked in a carafe of refreshing lime juice, soda, house-made mint bitters and the all-important gin. As the cubes melt, the fruity flavour intensifies—it’s anything but square.

One of our favorites, the "Silly Rabbit".

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15. Espresso Zabione at Eau De Vie, Melbourne

Does the though of coffee and booze put you in drinks heaven? Then let Eau De Vie take you on the ultimate caffeinated journey. They offer martini-lovers a choice of vodka, rum or whisky and add a chilled layer of saffron and vanilla mousse to the mix. Plus, all that atmospheric dry ice will have you swooning before you’ve even had your first sip.

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