You saddle up to the bar, and take a look at the cocktail menu. Martini? Too classic. Negroni? Too adult. French 75? Too bubbly. How about a Cocoa Pebbles Old Fashioned?
You might like your cocktail recipes simple and straight up, but there’s a new drink trend in town and it’s all about invoking the memories of childhood. Yes, some of the biggest names in bartending aren’t infusing their cocktails with homemade bitters, they’re using breakfast cereals.
Thanks to the highbrow/lowbrow trend, you can now get everything from Cap’n Crunch (in the Breakfast of Champions drink at Twisted Spoke in Chicago) to cereal infused milks (that’s where actual cereal is soaked in milk, then strained out before using the now sweet tasting liquid in various drinks) according to Details. And then of course, there are the places that infuse the cereal directly into the liquor, like Broken Shaker in Miami which serves up the infamous Cocoa Pebbles Old Fashioned. What’s better than a cereal-infused bourbon after all?
But not to worry, you don’t have to go out for a night on the town to take advantage of the trend. There are plenty of easy-to-make-at-home cereal cocktail recipes, like Momofuku’s Cereal Milk White Russian or a PDT’s Cereal Milk Punch.
Infusing your own cereal milk takes time however, so for the busy at-home bartender you can buy pre-made cereal milk from Cow Wow in Los Angeles. And hey, it’s organic! Because nothing says organic like the artificial flavoring of sugary cereal.
Seriously, has the foodie craze gone a bit too far with this one? Maybe, but it’s not just an American trend reserved for the hipster crowd of Brooklyn. You can find cereal inspired cocktails everywhere from Bordeaux to Boston to London.
Now we can all just wait for the healthier version, the Muesli Mojito, coming soon to a co-op near you.
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