There you are, standing in the line of a bar that everyone swore was the hottest spot in town. The line to the bar is a five-person length, the DJ is playing a premix of eight of the trendiest songs they could imagine and they definitely sourced the sped-up versions from Tiktok, drinks cost at least R60 each but that’s not the worst part. You reach the front of the line and the bartender asks “what can I get you?” and with the straightest face possible and all of the resolve you can muster, you respond, “Can I get a blowjob?” Alcoholic drinks can bear the strangest names and it can be flustering to place an order for a “sowetan nipple on the rocks” or “sh*t in the forest”. Where do these offbeat names come from and more importantly, how can you make one?

Blowjob

The blowjob shot is a layered cocktail made from equal parts irish cream liqueur and coffee liqueur with a topping of whipped cream that accounts for its provocative name. This drink is usually served in a shot glass and earns its name through its manner of consumption: in one gulp and by tilting the head back to dump the concoction into your mouth.

Sex on the Beach

This sweet tropical cocktail is referenced a million times a minute! On TV shows, during family lunches, on social media, etc. Its name was coined by a Floridian bartender who wanted to promote peach schnapps and realised that an attention-grabbing name would be an effective way to do so. To make this drink, you will need vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice. 

Screaming Orgasm

This drink is not only popular for its striking name but also, its rich and creamy taste. It is made with a mix of equal parts of irish cream cream liqueur, coffee liqueur, fresh cream, milk, vodka and amaretto. It can be served as mixed or on the rocks.

Sh*t in the Woods

This bold-tasting name is attached to a bold-tasting shooter. It is made with 3/4 parts of peppermint liqueur and 1/4 part chocolate liqueur. The name is inspired by the contrast between the green of the fresh peppermint and the brown of the rich chocolate. 

Fair warning: Peppermint has been used to treat constipation and “sh*t in the woods” might be a direct caveat 

Sowetan Toilet

Unique in this selection: the sowetan toilet cocktail is a local creation. This drink is made from a base of banana liqueur and drops of amarula built into a shot glass. This is topped with whipped cream and looks like a foamy toilet. Here’s hoping it tastes better than it looks!

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