Cocktail glasses are often as recognizable as the drink within them—many diners can point out the conical martini glass, copper Moscow Mule mug or wide-rimmed margarita glass. But just as some operators are tinkering with these recipes to concoct creative adult beverages, others are also bringing some originality to the glassware.
Find a balance between a traditional cocktail glass and a super-pricey proprietary vessel (a la The Aviary’s custom-created Porthole in Chicago) with these four out-of-the-box cocktail carrier ideas that are easy to execute.
1. Fruit gets flipped
Cantina Laredo takes classic “flip” drinks to the next (read: quirky) level with its summer Fiesta Flips. The chain differentiates each of the cocktails with a half lime flipped inside out and filled with a variety of ingredients. One limited-time cocktail is the Wild Flip, featuring bourbon blood-orange syrup, lemon and simple syrup, topped with a lime “boat” that’s filled with more bourbon, orange zest, mint and a cherry.
2. Yes you can
Three-unit cocktail bar Genuine Liquorette in New York City serves up five signature cocktails dubbed Cha-Chunkers in soda cans. The bartender punctures the top of soft drink cans using a special hole puncher, then fills it with an upside-down mini liquor bottle and other accoutrements. A $10.56 Mojito, for example, features a mini bottle of white rum upturned into a lemon-lime soda can with a lime slice and a mint sprig. Other drinks presented similarly include takes on a paloma, Dark & Stormy, Jamo & Ginga and bloody mary.
3. Swim at your own risk
The Spaceman Spiff at The Sixth, a cocktail bar in Chicago, combines mezcal, grilled pineapple, hazelnut and cedar. It’s served in a conical, stemless glass that’s placed above a round glass votive. Inside the glass votive are knickknacks designed to resemble an aquarium (fishtank gravel and a plastic toy) and smoke for that murky water look and 'wow' factor presentation.
4. Tinkering with tins
Bahama Breeze Island Grille added a limited-time Jama Can Punch cocktail for the summer. Made with dark rum, spiced rum, pineapple, lime and bitters, the cocktail is served in one of three collectible 20-ounce graphic tins with a curly straw for whimsy. It’s priced at $9.99.