For Hip Cocktails, Just Add Veggies
Today's hippest drinks are made using fresh veggies from the farmer's market.
Monday, May 10, 2010 17:39 GMTPORTLAND, Ore. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) Todays trendiest cocktails call for ice, booze, and oddly enough, vegetables.
So says master mixologist Lucy Brennan, owner of Mint and 820, a popular bar and restaurant in Portland, Oregon, and author of Hip Sips: Modern Cocktails To Raise Your Spirits (Chronicle Books).
Brennan has been incorporating more items from the kitchen into her hit drinks including cilantro, cucumber, and even avocados.
Her Avocado Daiquiri blends rum among other things with a ripe avocado for a smooth, green-hued take on an old classic.
Meanwhile, she says customers clamor for another specialty cocktail called the Ruby, which features homemade, beet-infused vodka.
She says vegetables, as well as fruit and herbs, are the new frontier of hip sips because theyre so versatile.
She likes to work with whatever is in season and advises bartenders to stick to about five ingredients for best results.
Next up, Brennan is looking for a way to strategically mix asparagus into a cocktail.© Copyright 2010 Wireless Flash News Inc