Creative Cocktails That Challenge Your Taste Buds

Chocolate & Blue Cheese Martini

If you think that melted butter as a cocktail ingredient sounds a bit weird, what would you say when offered beef consommé vodka shot or a Wasabi Martini? I tend to get excited seeing something unusual on the menu and go for the weirdest sounding option, so here is a list of creative drinks I tried that will challenge your perception of a cocktail.

Chocolate & Blue Cheese Martini

Bombay Sapphire gin, dry cacao, blue cheese distillate and olive oil. Sounds like a meal? It can be called as an appetiser in a liquid form rather than an apéritif. The presentation of this creative cocktail is quite simple – it’s a clear drink with a big drop of cacao surrounded by a circle of olive oil floating in the middle. But if you are patient enough to wait for a few minutes, you might witness something interesting happening in your glass. I was taking my time making some pictures of the cocktail when I saw the cacao and oil constellation explode in the glass into a few smaller oil bubbles, making cacao dissolve into the drink.

Chocolate & Blue cheese Martini can be found in the highest restaurant in London Duck and Waffle at the 40th floor of Heron tower. And if you are up for some more flavour experiments, here you can go crazy trying Champagne with Marmite, whiskey with truffles and other creative concoctions.

Duck & Waffle, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopgate, London EC2N 4AY, United Kingdom

Avocado Margarita

This drink may be nothing extraordinary for Latin American descendants, but it is quite unusual for European palate, which is used to classic Margarita cocktails or some of its fruity variations at the best. Avocado Margarita or Guacarita is made of blended avocado, triple sec, tequila, agave nectar and cilantro. Thick and creamy in texture it reminds of sweetened version of guacamole, so if you are a fan of avocados, this cocktail can be for you.

The place I tried Avocado Margarita was Sofa de Pancho restaurant in Vilnius, but I am pretty sure it can be spotted in any decent Mexican establishment worldwide.

Sofa de Pancho, Visų Šventųjų 5, Vilnius, Lithuania


As strong as a regular Martini, with a good kick of Wasabi this drink could possibly cleanse your karma or at least would make you wipe a few tears away. Wasabini or Wasabi Martini is made of vodka, wasabi paste, lemon juice and sugar syrup. You can sip a glass forever – it is not something that can be sculled in a rush.

Wasabi Martini is on the menu of Onyx Bar in Vienna, where you can drink it with the views of Vienna landmark – St.Stephen cathedral, that looks simply spectacular when lit up at night time.

Onyx Bar, Stephansplatz 12, Vienna 1010, Austria

Beef and Chicken Consommé Vodka Shots

When you see consommé as an ingredient of a drink, it would either make your stomach churn or make you think ‘hell yes, I have to try this’, which was my reaction. Cock shot is a mix of vodka with chicken consommé and spices and a bit of whipped egg white at the top and it tastes like a cold chicken broth. Beef Shot is thicker and has got more of a flavour due to port, Oxford Sauce and Henderson’s relish used as ingredients along with beef consommé and vodka.

You can try these shots at The Tramshed – a restaurant in a trendy Shoreditch in East London. These shots are suggested as aperitif before you order your mains – roasted chicken or steak, while admiring an artwork by Damien Hirst featuring of course, a cow and a cockerel in a giant water tank in the middle of the restaurant.

The Tramshed, 32 Rivington St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3LX, United Kingdom

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