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Ten of The Weirdest Cocktail Ingredients in Town

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Gone are the days when top shelf spirits made drinking interesting. If a cocktail isn't on fire, afog with liquid nitrogen, mixed with long-forgotten bitters or garnished with misplaced kitchen ingredients, what's the point? So here are ten of the most unusual cocktail components in town, ranging from the obscure to the pickled to the invisible. Who knows where mixology will go from here, so enjoy these drinks before they're replaced by something even more bizarre. And happy Cocktail Week.


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Buttered pumpkin and hazelnut simple syrup channels the season in the The Great Pumpkin. The drink also features Benedictine and meringue.

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Backbar often teams up with the adjacent and affiliated restaurant Journeyman to make use of unusual ingredients from the kitchen. A rotating sangrita selection now includes a pour of mezcal with "pickled apple cider," made with in-house pickled ramp brine.

The Hawthorne

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Bar director Jackson Cannon says he may have access to the only private barrel of Genever in the world. You'll find the Dutch spirit in everything from sours to beer cocktails to The Dutch Oven: a riff on an Old Fashioned with bitters and absinthe served over an ice sphere. You can also find his Genever at the adjacent Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard.

Clio probably has more unusual ingredients than any other bar in town, many of which are created using bartender Todd Maul's advanced gadgetry. Clear vodka tastes like blue cheese in the Blue Cheese “Stuffed” Vodka Martini thanks to the use of a Rotovap,alcohol “paint” coats the glass and then dissolves in drinks like Mary’s Liquor Cabinet, and enhanced ice cubes melt at a slower rate and contain flavors like Rosé-champagne-lime juice-strawberry-hibiscus.

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White pepper adds mild spice to the honey, lemon, tequila, and chartreuse cocktail called the Mexican Monk.

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Creamy Boursin-stuffed olives top the list of optional garnishes here. Or would you prefer an olive stuffed with Roquefort in one of these legendary martinis.

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Bacon-infused house-smoked Bulleit Bourbon takes front and center in the Fig n’ Pig. Other crazy ingredients at the bar include honey-cayenne syrup in the Deep Cleanse and habanero-stuffed olives in the Hot and Dirty.

Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake

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Fresh avocado is a creamy (and green!) addition to the Frozen Avocado Colada, which is a frosty mix of Cruzan Dark Rum, coconut milk, and fresh pineapple.

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Wormwood, which is one of the reasons absinthe was once banned, appears here in bitters form. These are used in the cocktail A Blos-y Movelemon, as is lemon and Cherry Heering.

Xocolate Mole Bitters give the In Vida Veritas its smokiness. Combined with Benedictine and pine scented Zirbenz, this is an all out aroma fest.

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Buttered pumpkin and hazelnut simple syrup channels the season in the The Great Pumpkin. The drink also features Benedictine and meringue.

Backbar

Backbar often teams up with the adjacent and affiliated restaurant Journeyman to make use of unusual ingredients from the kitchen. A rotating sangrita selection now includes a pour of mezcal with "pickled apple cider," made with in-house pickled ramp brine.

The Hawthorne

Bar director Jackson Cannon says he may have access to the only private barrel of Genever in the world. You'll find the Dutch spirit in everything from sours to beer cocktails to The Dutch Oven: a riff on an Old Fashioned with bitters and absinthe served over an ice sphere. You can also find his Genever at the adjacent Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard.

Clio

Clio probably has more unusual ingredients than any other bar in town, many of which are created using bartender Todd Maul's advanced gadgetry. Clear vodka tastes like blue cheese in the Blue Cheese “Stuffed” Vodka Martini thanks to the use of a Rotovap,alcohol “paint” coats the glass and then dissolves in drinks like Mary’s Liquor Cabinet, and enhanced ice cubes melt at a slower rate and contain flavors like Rosé-champagne-lime juice-strawberry-hibiscus.

City Bar

White pepper adds mild spice to the honey, lemon, tequila, and chartreuse cocktail called the Mexican Monk.

OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

Creamy Boursin-stuffed olives top the list of optional garnishes here. Or would you prefer an olive stuffed with Roquefort in one of these legendary martinis.

Post 390

Bacon-infused house-smoked Bulleit Bourbon takes front and center in the Fig n’ Pig. Other crazy ingredients at the bar include honey-cayenne syrup in the Deep Cleanse and habanero-stuffed olives in the Hot and Dirty.

Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake

Fresh avocado is a creamy (and green!) addition to the Frozen Avocado Colada, which is a frosty mix of Cruzan Dark Rum, coconut milk, and fresh pineapple.

jm Curley

Wormwood, which is one of the reasons absinthe was once banned, appears here in bitters form. These are used in the cocktail A Blos-y Movelemon, as is lemon and Cherry Heering.

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Xocolate Mole Bitters give the In Vida Veritas its smokiness. Combined with Benedictine and pine scented Zirbenz, this is an all out aroma fest.

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