I received an e-mail the other day that included a list of drink recipes and what caught my attention more than the drink recipes was one of the garnishes. It just seemed entirely over the top which can be good at times, but at other times not so much. So of course I immediately went on a Google-ing spree to see what kind of crazy cocktail garnishes are out there and I was so intrigued by what I saw that I had to include a post on Lushworthy. Here are some of the more interesting garnishes I came across.
Creative – I found this bad boy thanks to Eater.com’s “15 Over-the-Top Bloody Marys Across the US” story and oddly enough it’s served at a tavern here in Atlanta called The Nook so I may have to check this one out. Titled “The Bloody Best,” this Bloody Mary cocktail is garnished with bacon, pepperoncinis, blue cheese stuffed olives, tater-tots, steak, a slice of toast, and a hard-boiled egg. I have to admit that I’m not mad at the idea of an entire meal garnishing a cocktail.
Bizarre – Sorry Bloody Mary lover’s, but I’m labeling this one “bizarre.” Garnishing a drink with shrimp isn’t terribly bizarre, but when you’re staring your garnish dead in it’s beady little eyes while sipping then yeah, that’s kinda weird. This could work as a nice Halloween garnish though.
Amazing – I’m not sure what exactly this particular cocktail is, but I found it on an Alcademic.com post and it’s served at Nightjar in London. Our mystery cocktail is garnished with mint, two different kinds of berries, and sugar along with a spoon and golden straw. Also, I love that the cocktails at Nightjar appear to be served on playing cards. (P.S. The cocktail pictured at the top of this story is also served at Nightjar)
Amazing – Alright, this cocktail combined with the one from Nightjar has me fully ready for a 2013 trip to London. Who’s with me?! The garnish on this “English Tea Punch” looks absolutely amazing. Also, I feel like I have to give you guys the full drink recipe for this one on top of the garnish composition. Served by the uber-talented bartenders at Bassoon Bar in London, the “English Tea Punch” is made using gin, lavender, rosemary and fennel-infused Martini Bianco, mint elderflower cordial, and jasmine tea. It’s garnished with lemon zest, dried lavender, dehydrated Granny Smith apple, mint, dehydrated pear, and fresh blackberry. I think I just died and went to garnish heaven…
Creative – It’s no secret that tiki-inspired cocktails are usually smothered in fruity garnishes that really make no sense concept-wise so I was really impressed when I came across this cocktail. Again, it’s another mystery drink since I have no idea what it’s called or where it’s served but it is featured on the Art Bar blog.