Sip on the powers of Olympian deities
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"Then we add dried lizard brain and strands of a werewolf's chest hair," cackled Head Mixologist Vladyslav Buzko like a witch over a bubbling cauldron. "Now, let's not forget the blood of a unicorn!"
The Ukraine-born bartender reeled us in closer as he put up a display of theatrics to formulate Heracles Force ($23) - a cocktail modeled after the courage and supernatural strength of Heracles, the mortal son of Zeus. Here, dried lizard brain is walnuts, werewolf's chest hair (ew!) is ginseng, and unicorn's blood? Well, that's something Vlad would like to leave to your imagination.
The twenty-something good-looker currently helms Elixir Bar at KUVO, and is also the force behind 10 otherworldly cocktails that take cues from Greek mythology. The cocktail menu is segregated into five categories - Happiness, Beauty, Life, Luck and Courage, with every cocktail's ingredients inscribed in fantastical names. Imbibers can seek the help of a legend included at the back of the menu.
So leave real life behind and go on a flight of fancy when you soak in (or sip on) the intoxicating magic conjured by Elixir Bar's Vlad.
A whole new world awaits.
Would you like cheese in your cocktail? How about a dollop of caviar? Well, it seems nothing is off limits in Vlad’s concoctions as Jupiter boasts both of these unconventional ingredients that grant a savoury side to the blend. With caramel added to sweeten the deal, Jupiter, named after the king of the gods, is laced with a strong mixture of cognac and Dom Benedictine. You got to whip out your phones for this one as the drink is presented in a bed of flames.