December 18, 2005

Hpnotiq Liqueur Review

34 proof blended liqueur of vodka, cognac and tropical fruit juices
Typical Price: About $25 for 750ml - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits

Hpnotiq LiqueurInitial Thoughts: We have to admit, when we picked up our bottle of Hpnotiq, it already had three strikes against it. First, it already breaks our "too many ingredients" rule right at the outset by combining vodka, cognac and a multitude of fruit juices. Second, it's bright blue and has a hip, trendy name. Third, our first impression was that it smells a bit like the alcoholic version of blue Gatorade.

We were impressed with the heavy, frosted champagne-style bottle, however, and we know the stuff has been garnering tons of buzz. All sorts of stars and heavy-hitters swear by the stuff, and according to an Hpnotiq press release, NBC called it "the drink of choice for celebrities." Hell, if it's good enough for Lil Jon, who are we to turn up our noses?

When we tasted it, we liked the fact that it wasn't as sweet as we'd expected, and the tartness of the juices made for a much more complex experience than we'd expected. It was pretty tasty on the rocks, and if you like your cocktails to feature fruit juice heavily, we say you're going to dig it. Plus, while some people do drink it straight, there are so many Hpnotiq cocktail recipes out there we realized that was probably the way for us to go.

Cocktail Recipes: We usually don't drink a lot of cocktails, preferring our liquor on the rocks or straight up. We did mix up a few cocktails we really dug, however, and we decided that at least around the Liquor Snob offices, the true value of Hpnotiq was as a mixer. There are all sorts of hpnotizing drink recipes all over the Web, and there were a coupe at the official website with superhero themes, and since we're comic book geeks we've compiled them for your mixing pleasure.

Hpnotiq Hulk
2oz Hpnotiq
2oz Cognac (We used Hennessy)
Layer over ice in a rocks glass, let the drinker stir it up to watch the's all the rage.

Green Lantern
2oz Hpnotiq
1oz premium vodka
1oz Red Bull
Combine ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. The site recommends garnishing with a lemon wedge, but we don’t because the Green Lantern's power is diminished by the color yellow (we told you we were geeks).

Blue Devil
1.5oz Hpnotiq
1oz dry vermouth
.5oz scotch
Combine Hpnotiq and vermouth over ice in a rocks glass; float scotch over the top.

We were also able to mix up an amazing batch of dumpster juice, replacing the Midori with Hpnotiq.

Finishing Thoughts: All in all, the drinks we made with this liqueur were a pleasant surprise, and we can see why the illuminati are gravitating to it. We recommend Hpnotiq when you're looking for a classy pre-mixed cocktail that will impress your friends, at your next Oscars party, or when you want to pretend to be a super hero. It also strikes us as a great wedding present (old, new, borrowed, blue...get it?), and there's a section of the site dedicated to integrating Hpnotiq into your wedding festivities. Plus, we challenge our readers to come up with tasty cocktail recipes with Smurf-related names, just for fun.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at December 18, 2005 3:59 PM
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I dam yall all to great land of bunnies and butterflys

Posted by: blake at March 30, 2010 10:44 PM

Trent.... such a passonate boy... I feel I have slumbered with him plenty 40 winks... I just wish it was more tender...

Posted by: Graundlin Regory at March 24, 2010 5:38 AM

Im not allowed to play with my private areas, my mammy says that im a good boy and drinking is the devil!

Posted by: Trent Cobb at March 24, 2010 5:32 AM


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Posted by: Mr. Horse Dick Galore at March 24, 2010 5:26 AM

Honestly, I find drinking liquer repulsive, im 17 and enjoy playing World of Warcraft. I also have a radically sweet podcast called "AzerothianGamerz". I really feel sorry for you goober babies... wasting your money and time drinking alcohol... pigs. -Trent Cobb "UnknownGamer101"

Posted by: Trent Cobb at March 24, 2010 5:24 AM


Posted by: Mister X Don Dillo at March 24, 2010 5:20 AM

too bad the world is not about the west coast haha enjoy your failure

Posted by: w/e at March 15, 2008 6:05 PM

They have to stock it in a bar. Its not like they have a choice

Posted by: anonymous at January 6, 2008 7:51 PM

why would they laugh at you when they are the ones stocking it? moron

Posted by: Tony at April 27, 2007 12:08 AM

I thought you had better taste/standards.

Hpnotiq? That stuff is horrible.
In some of the bars on the West Coast, they'll make fun of you if you order it, not just because it tastes like ass, but because people who drink it are primarily gangbanger-wannabees.

Posted by: eltejanoX at December 20, 2005 2:01 PM
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