Cocktails with toys and other odd drink accessories
I've always been torn over the little paper umbrellas that come in South of the Border drinks. They look nice and all, but it's hard to drink around them, and I'm never sure what to do with them after I pluck them out of my drink. I tried eating one once but that didn't go down well.
In this guest column, Owl Meat has some pretty wild ideas about cocktail accessories. Dig it:
Once, I was at a quirky bar in Tucson that had some inventive drinks. One of them was called a Choking Hazard. It had a small plastic toy in it.
Another one had Lego candy in it. Lego candy? Do kids need more incentives to eat their toys? Talk about a choking hazard.
I remember candy coins being popular when I was young. Also a sketchy idea, but nothing beats candy cigarettes for pernicious influence.
I don't think they make candy cigarettes anymore, but there is still some demand. Consider the incredibly stupid fad of kids "smoking" Smarties candies. They crush the candy into dust and roll it up into a big fattie, inhaling and puffing out the dust that resembles smoke.
This place in Arizona was clearly trying to maximize the hipster cred vibe, but I wonder if drinks aren't getting a little too precious? Or maybe not enough? What is the weirdest drink accessory you have seen? ...
I wouldn't mind stirring my bloody Mary with a crisp piece of bacon or moose jerky -- but not a Slim Jim. A cucumber wedge is the perfect accoutrement for Pimm's and soda. The floating slice of cucumber in the sake martini at Minato's Sushi Bar is ichi-ban. A peperoncino in a vodka martini is bracing.
I heard that in North Carolina they serve martinis with a pickled green bean instead of olives. I experimented with a variety of olives other than the ho-hum stuffed manzanilla and loved the results.
I challenge mixologists to up their pickled fruit and vegetable game. How about kalamata, picholine, niçoise, or gaeta olives? Don't you think there is a drink out there just dying to be served with a gherkin?
I have method of lightly fermenting grapes so that they are internally carbonated like little champagne bombs. Pow! Dream big, dream fizzy.
(Photo courtesy of Kellogg's)