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December 30, 2009

Your intriguing drink of the day

In my four-ish years of covering nightlife, I've seen some pretty weird cocktails. But this one ranks high on my list.

It's called a Avocadotini, and you can find it at Aroma, a tapas restaurant in Olney. Yes, there is a tapas restaurant in Olney. (It's called Aroma.)

I'll bet you can guess at least two of the Avocadotini's ingredients -- avocado and vodka. But the other two threw me ...

Simple syrup and milk.

You can't see it, because you're not in the room with me, but my face just scrunched up into a grizzly grimace. This. Sounds. Awful.

Awfully intriguing, of course.

It costs $8, which, on the whole, is less than the average martini at a Baltimore martini bar.

But milk? And simple Syrup? And Avocado? And vodka? 

How ... intriguing ...

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:50 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


In Portland, Oregon there is a bar called Mint. They serve an Avocado Daiquiri. Recipe is as follows:

* 2 ounces light rum
* 2 ounces gold rum
* 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
* 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
* 2 ounces simple syrup
* 1/4 medium-ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
* 1/2 ounce half-and-half
* 1 1/2 cups ice

Combine ingredients in blender and blend on high until just smooth, about 20 seconds. Divide mixture between two cocktail glasses and serve.

I'm not a daiquiri guy but something about it intrigued me. I gave it a try and am glad I did. It was phenomenal. Not too sweet but with a grassy, creamy quality to it that is addicting. Others I referred to the drink found it to be to their liking as well.

I'd like to add that at Mint they topped the drink with a few lines of basalmic reduction syrup. Really good.

Oh Sam, the hideous idea must have stun-gunned your brain. We talked about this privately before.

In this column I casually mentioned having an avocatini. It was a joke, but it was based upon a liqueur called Advocaat (look it up in Wikipedia, I can't put more than one link in a comment) which was originally made with avocados in Suriname. It was soooooo delicious that the Dutch tried to make in it Holland, but alas no avocados in the Low Countries, so now it is simulated avocado with vodka, milk and EGGS. Yum.

The weirdest part is that Wiki lists eight, yes eight, different makers of this liquid delight including DeKuyper's.

I'm slightly intrigued. I can't imagine people actually ordering this though. And in Olney? I don't even know where Olney is, but I'll bet it's not chock full of elderly Dutch Surnamian immigrants.

Flurg! (or whatever toast they use in the Netherands)

I've eaten at Aroma many times and they have a nice take on Peruvian and other Latin foods. Haven't had the avocadotini but have seen it made (and several sent back). Key if you want to try. Go on Wednesday when it's $5.00 all night.

Not as uncommon as you think ... I lived in Brazil for a few years, where they think the idea of pairing a fruit like avocado with garlic and salt in guacamole is disgusting. They treat avocados like the fruit they are, and they are fond of mixing them up with milk in sugar into shakes. Add a little vodka, and presto, there's the Avocadotini!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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