While the foolish tradition only lasts those few hours in the morning on April first, foolish drinks pop up in bars no matter what the date. We called a few bartenders and asked what the most foolish drink (read: most ridiculous) they've been asked to make has been---and they didn't hold back.
The bartenders at Victor's were breathless with suggestions for foolish mixes. On top of their list: a Mexican hand grenade, which has a pint glass holding two ounces of Red Bull, with two shot glasses sitting inside---one a shot of tequila, the other a shot of Jager. You "pull the pin"---drink the tequila shot, which makes the Jager drop into the Red Bull, and chase the tequila with what's left in your pint glass. Whewf.
5657 Spring Garden Road, 405-4060
Oakmount Station Pub
"We're a pretty tame bar," says bartender Tanya, but after some thought she says the slippery nipple is "pretty gross." Mix Baileys and sambuca with grenadine, and a congealed substance forms and drops to the bottom of the glass---in nipple form. We're taking Tanya's word that it "tastes gross on your tongue."
1717 Bedford Highway, 835-6544
Gatsby's Pub & Eatery
"The grossest, weirdest one I've ever served is called the brain hemorrhage [above]," says bartender Kori Pippy. Mix peach schnapps, Baileys and grenadine, and the Bailey's will again form a gelatinous ball, but floats near the surface. "It's very disgusting looking, and it doesn't taste very good either." Didn't think so.
5679 Spring Garden Road, 429-9999
Freeman's Little New York (Quinpool)
Hold onto your lunch---bartender John Bachmann has the nastiest yet. "A bad one that tastes awful is granny panties," he says with a laugh. Tequila, Crown Royal, Baileys, all topped off with parmesan cheese. Bachmann says he's never voluntarily offered this one up---it's only been requested.
6092 Quinpool Road, 429-0241