Last spring, we had some friends and family over on Easter Sunday. There is a certain expectation when people come over that I will make them at least one new cocktail when they visit. In the spirit of the Easter holiday, I decided to make a new cocktail that I have been working on that includes carrot juice. The cocktail also has cucumber juice, lime juice, Tattersall Cedar Gin, and a honey liqueur. All of which have a pretty good color scheme that goes well with the bright orange fresh carrot juice. When put in a martini/cocktail glass, and garnished with some fresh cilantro, it looks a bit like a big carrot, which is relatively festive for Easter, considering the famous bunny!
Afterwards, there was a lot of fresh carrot juice left so I decided to do some flavor experimentation. I was making cocktails just for Dawn and me, so I wasn’t too concerned with presentation. I thought carrot juice might go well with Tequila, Amaro, and Kings Ginger. The flavors worked okay together. It wasn’t a great cocktail by any means, but it was truly a FUGLY cocktail! That got me thinking. It may be an obvious point to some people, but all cocktails are not created equal in the looks department, and some do not belong in a clear glass. Unless, of course, the name is showcasing the cocktails ugliness (i.e. the Swamp water cocktails of the world). Next time you make a cocktail that looks like something that came from a mud puddle or diaper, keep in mind that unconventional vessels can be used to hide ugly cocktails that otherwise taste great! So, break out that weird fish vase, colorful candle holder, mini honeypot, hollowed gourd, tea pot, or old wooden mug you picked up at the renaissance festival 10 years ago and never used. Mix up that ugly, great tasting cocktail, and hide it under a large or elaborate garnish! Not only will you get your friends to try that great, otherwise nasty looking concoction, they will also think you are creative with presentation!
Note: Attached pictures were taken at a couple of our favorite cocktail bars around London and are only representing unconventional drinkware. I am in no way suggesting that they are hiding ugly cocktails in them! 🙂 #Oriolebar #BarNightjar