Come death, destruction, pestilence or famine, you'll still need a stiff drink to see you through the apocalypse. Forget Mad Max and opt for a mad mix with these four cocktails guaranteed to give you the edge when the end seems inevitable. Oh, and they're also great for parties.

Helter-Skelter

Courtesy of SheShed cocktails

Lights, camera, destruction. Life moves fast in the post-apocalyptic future; it's balls-to-the-wall madness here and you'll need the energy to keep up. With a syrupy sweetness, a hit of spice and a serious kick, this is your ticket to ride.

@sheshedcocktails

Ingredients 

  • 45mL Rusty Barrel premium vodka 
  • 15mL fig liqueur
  • 15mL lime juice
  • 10mL homemade ginger syrup
  • 60mL freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • Dehydrated blood orange and fresh fig, to garnish
  • Ice

Method

  1. Add all ingredients (except garnishes) into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain, then serve in Rusty Barrel's special skull glass.
  3. Garnish with dehydrated blood orange and fresh fig.
 
      
    Nuclear Waste

    The apocalypse happened and you’re the last one standing. The world around you has been decimated and you’re desperate for signs of life. In the middle of rubble, you see a bright green mirage – a glowing liquid beckoning you. It could be poison, but it could be just the thing to save and strengthen you. Will you take the risk, so you can take on whatever this new world throws at you?

     

    Ingredients

    • 45mL Rusty Barrel premium vodka
    • 15mL green apple schnapps
    • 10mL lemon juice
    • Apple slices, to garnish
    • Ice

    Method

    1. Add vodka, schnapps, lemon juice and ice into a cocktail shaker.
    2. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    3. Garnish with apple slices on a cocktail toothpick.
    4. Drink cautiously.
      
    Blue Crystal Skull

    Courtesy of @thetipsyfrenchie

    It may be the apocalypse, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a well-earned holiday. Take a break from the madness and post up poolside with a tropical treat from a more relaxing time.
       

    @cocktails_with_mike

    Ingredients

    • 60mL Rusty Barrel Vodka
    • 30mL lime juice
    • 20mL blue curaçao
    • 15mL pineapple syrup
    • 15mL orgeat syrup

    Method

    1. Add all ingredients into a large mixing glass or cocktail shaker.
    2. Stir, then pour into a Rusty Barrel skull glass.
    3. It really is that simple.
     

       

      Flesh Wound

      Hey, it's just a flesh wound – you're a fighter and the world needs you. And when all else fails, vodka prevails. That's a fact. Consider this is the hair of the dog for when you’re barely holding on, because it's time to rise again.

       

      @gccocktaillove

      Ingredients 

      • 200mL tomato juice
      • 100mL Rusty Barrel premium vodka
      • 2 teaspoons BBQ sauce
      • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
      • 2 rashers of streaky bacon
      • 1/2 a lemon
      • Salt & pepper

      Method

      1. Fry the bacon over a medium-high heat until crisp.
      2. Combine vodka, tomato juice, BBQ sauce and Worcestershire sauce
        and mix well. 
      3. Add a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt and pepper. 
      4. Taste, then add more lemon juice, salt or pepper if needed.
      5. Place crispy bacon rashers in your glass like a straw. 
      6. Devour.