Episode 027 - Strange Cocktail Ingredients

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Today’s topic is unusual cocktail ingredients - either those you’ve tasted in a cocktail, or those you’d like to see used more often.

I think many of us have had the experience of sitting down at one of the more experimental cocktail bars in our area, looking at the menu, and saying: “You’ve got to be kidding me. How the heck are they gonna use that in a cocktail?” And the results - in reality - are usually mixed. Sometimes the unusual ingredients are well-incorporated, and the drink is tasty, and sometimes it’s just there for the novelty factor, and the drink isn’t balanced.

Our guests for this episode include:

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Balancing salt with different flavors in a way that is palatable is something I’m interested in because I haven’t done well with it myself, but I’m also highly critical of it when I purchase a drink at a bar.
I don’t have a bartending background, so a lot of our cocktails are inspired by the food that we make, and so I wanted to do a fun riff on a chicken soup.
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I’ve had a sesame old fashioned, and that’s one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. You really don’t need a whole lot of sesame to make it come through.
I had a bone marrow Negroni once, and I think that’s probably the most unusual thing I’ve ever had.
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Horseradish is and can be a beautiful thing. But like many ingredients, you’ve got to be judicious about how much you use, otherwise it can ruin everything.
I’ve seen pine needles used in cocktails. And so I’m really interested in bringing more of an earthy, kind of holiday feeling into the glass.
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