Almost all superheroes are worthy of admiration, but everyone has a favorite. Whether you learned to read with DC and Marvel comics, your parents plopped you down in front of Saturday morning Spider-Man every week, or you finally came around to this whole superhero thing with the latest Avengers blockbuster, your favorite be-spandexed crime fighter speaks to your inner character like nothing else—except, perhaps, your choice of cocktail. Make sure your go-to drink is one your personal superhero would be proud to have with you at the bar with these mutant/cocktail pairings.
While Logan, the last (and best) film in Hugh Jackman’s turn as the quick-healing Wolverine, may have shown the clawed mutant’s taste for Fireball, we’re confident the hero’s go-to drink is a down and dirty classic—just like him. He can escape the world in a gritty dive, call an expert Boilermaker with a steely glare and sip it through his clenched adamantium-rigged jaws. While you can drink a Boilermaker any which way you please, we bet Wolverine takes the shot first, then downs the beer in a few mighty gulps.
Look out! Here comes a … giant red hurricane glass full of gin. Like the web-slinger, the Singapore Sling is pretty friendly with its bright coat of Cherry Heering. That color, which disguised the cocktail as a non-alcoholic punch back in the early 20th century, helped the ladies of the Raffles Hotel sip their booze on the sly, making it the most heroic cocktail in our book. Like Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of the wall-crawler, the original 1915 Singapore Sling recipe will never be topped.
It would be a mistake to underestimate either of these fearsome ladies. Wonder Woman shows up enemies with her lasso of truth, but the Pink Lady does its talking with applejack. The cocktail hides the apple liquor like Themyscira in the sea, but it’s the secret key to the drink’s boozy power.
Gotham may be an amalgam of New York and Chicago (though the comics actually put the city in Jersey), but the Black Manhattan is the clearest representation of the Bat’s shadowy city in drink form. Darkened with amaro in lieu of sweet vermouth, the murky variation on the classic Manhattan is perfect for a moody hero like Batman, who knows the bitter taste of life and appreciates strong stirred drinks.
Ever since Action Comics #1, Superman has made a name for himself as the most powerful hero in the DC Universe. The Long Island is the only drink to make a similar impression in the cocktail world, gaining a reputation for its unrelenting power. Like Superman, the drink seems totally approachable, thanks to its topper of good ol’ American Coca-Cola and some type of otherworldly (possibly Kryptonian) sorcery that balances its many types of liquor.
After a few of these tiki classics, you’ll think you’re running at super speed too, while the whole bar watches you stumble over multiple bar stools on your way to the can. The eponymous rum runners were, in fact, criminals, smuggling the good stuff into the States during Prohibition. Thankfully Barry Allen wasn’t on the case back then, or our beloved speakeasies never would have survived.
Tony Stark is just a man until he puts on his Iron Man suit. And just as the billionaire powers up, so too does a Piña Colada when it transforms into Rocket Fuel. The tropical variation born on Fire Island, New York, ups the rum and adds amaretto for sweet, nutty nuance. After adding a straw to the blended drink, the final touch is a tricky maneuver in which you add Bacardi 151 through a speed pour directly into the straw, making a super-boozy treasure at the bottom of the glass. The technical operation should be no issue for an engineering genius like Tony Stark though.
Pop Rocks are the closest thing to a thunderous storm inside your head. With the zing of exploding sugar on your tongue and the mini eruptions detonating in your ears, you’d think the god of thunder himself was swinging his hammer inside your mouth. With its beautiful blue color, tart pineapple juice, feisty blanco tequila and topper of bubbly prosecco, this candy-coated cocktail would surely please the lighthearted Norse Avenger. He’d find this puny, mortal imitation of his might delightful.
It’s never clear whether this jewel thief has truly gone good, but we count Catwoman among our favorite heroes anyway. Still, if she was faced with a Bijou (which is French for “jewel”), her more nefarious instincts might kick in. With cat-like reflexes, she could swipe your cocktail in the time it takes you to upload your #drinks pic to Instagram.
Aquaman wouldn’t find any of his scaled buddies floating in this big bowl of punch, but he’d probably still appreciate its mix of Cognac, dark rum and peach brandy (who wouldn’t?). Like the much-maligned hero (he has the power of the sea guys, that’s like, a real power, so lay off), the punch is an under-appreciated classic worthy of your attention. Thankfully, unlike the hero, it doesn’t smell like a wharf.
The Captain doesn’t do subtlety. The brazen hero charges his Nazi foes head on with the colors of the American flag emblazoned on every cranny of his costume. This triple layer jello extravaganza is just as overly patriotic, and it’s even garnished with sparklers for explosive flare. It may take some intense layering work, but the boozy centerpiece is worth the effort. Do it for your country. Do it for the Captain.
Someone as cool and stylish as the Black Panther doesn’t go for spandex, so you better believe that suit of his is some sort of super technical Wakandan battle velvet. (OK, it’s actually a vibranium weave, but it’s deadly chic nonetheless.) He’d look exceptionally stylish sipping this inky black cocktail, dyed with black sesame syrup, but the pitch black cocktail also wouldn’t give him away as he awaited a nighttime ambush.
As a lover of all things green—cough, Gamora, cough—the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy would immediately go for this green drink. Don’t worry; it’s way better than the Midori-spiked green monstrosities of Star Lord’s beloved ‘80s. The color comes from matcha, and the rest of the drink’s ingredients are equally striking: horchata, Fernet Branca-Menta, rhum agricole and agave syrup. Even on his travels around the universe, Star Lord has never encountered any combo so stymying, or so delicious.
The massive fennel frond sitting in this drink won’t grow into your very own baby Groot, but it will infuse your drink with vernal energy. Caraway-infused aquavit, cumin-packed Kummel liqueur and grainy rye all remind us off our favorite woody alien. After one sip, you’ll sit back and say to yourself, “I am Groot.”
The Russian representative of the Avengers doesn’t get nearly as much love as her super-powered male colleagues. Drinkers make a similar mistake among drinkers in thinking that White Russian is superior to its darker cousin. Stripped of cream, the Black Russian makes for a svelter Kahlúa cocktail, capable of slipping behind enemy lines and converting Kahlúa haters with its sweet coffee flavors and surprising wallop of booze.
Some drinks are just cruel to be kind. The Tequila Reaper’s mix of mezcal, lime juice and Cel-Ray soda will call you in, and the heady flavors of Carolina reaper-infused hot sauce will intrigue you further. But like an encounter with the standoffish, southern mutant, one sip of this Highball will leave your mouth numb and your soul in agony. If you’d like to experience your life force being sucked out of your mouth, try drinking the whole thing.
Deadpool is a bit of an acquired taste. His dark humor and general blase attitude toward killing can put off some fans of nobler heroes. But get to know him, and you’ll find he’s got a heart of gold under all that snarky violence—just kidding, he’s snark through and through. The Negroni too is unabashedly bitter (and bright red), and if you have enough of both, you may even forgive Ryan Reynolds for Green Lantern.
Boy Wonder, we’ve got to talk. You have to put on some pants. It can’t be safe to fight crime in those undies. Granted, you’re not old enough to enjoy this Hot Pants cocktail (though it tastes just like the blissful warm apple cider of childhood), but embrace its message. Find some spandex tights, at least.
Yes, there is a drink called the Incredible Hulk (made of Hennessy and Hypnotiq) but after a few of those, you’ll turn green too, and not from rage. Instead of subjecting yourself to that type of radiation, opt for a classic smash (and feel free to shout, “Hulk Smash” as you strain it into a lowball). Just don’t try to make the drink green. That would make 19th-century inventor Jerry Thomas very angry. You wouldn’t like Professor Thomas when he’s angry.
Zippy ginger beer doesn’t quite make this cocktail as electrifying as Storm’s lightning strike, but it will give you a taste of a ferocious tempest of flavor. Just be sure to make yours with Gosling’s Black Seal rum if you’re going to use the trademarked “Dark ‘N’ Stormy” name, or else you may face the wrath of another force of nature—Gosling’s legal department.
Feel the heat with this Hellboy approved fire-filled Highball. The heat isn’t piped in directly from the underworld, but comes instead from El Yucateco, a Caribbean-born habanero-based hot sauce. There are even fresh habanero chili and red grapefruit skewered over the rim for garnish, like Hellboy’s own bright red horn stumps.
A lot of life’s problems would be solved if this cocktail was as effective at memory wipes as the Professor. Instead, the Kahlúa-spiked beverage will perk you up, but unfortunately won’t help you telepathically get the bartender’s attention. You’ll have to just wait your turn with a friendly smile—one of the biggest drawbacks to being human, if you ask us.