From the ubiquitous toast to everyone’s favorite green dip, avocados have become so popular there’s now Avo-lution, a London pop-up devoted to all things avocado, and an annual California Avocado Festival. If eating your avos isn’t enough for you, bartenders are crafting avocado cocktails. Here are 8 libations that celebrate this distinctive fruit.
The Jardín at Del Campo, Washington, D.C.
Made with El Silencio mezcal, cane sugar, fresh lime juice, and a Cabernet floater and garnished with a pistachio-crusted avocado, the Jardín cocktail is part of Del Campo’s “Bite My Cocktail” menu. Each cocktail is garnished an edible component (such as marinated mussels or prime hanger steak) to complement the drink’s flavor. Make a reservation at Del Campo.
Avocado Margarita at Meso Maya, Dallas, Texas
Fresh muddled avocado, freshly squeezed pineapple and lime juices, triple sec, and Casa Noble Crystal Tequila give this margarita its tangy Tex-Mex appeal, perfect for pairing with a plate of seafood enchiladas or the short rib relleno. Make a reservation at Meso Maya.
Batida Abacate at Hotel Chantelle, New York, New York
Inspired by the classic Batida cocktail from Brazil, Batida Abacate is made with Avua Cachaça, avocado, vanilla, and lime. “I kept the ingredients mostly in line with tradition to keep it in the Batida family while adding avocado to make it a more contemporary cocktail,” says beverage director Steve Escobar. “The mixture of cachaca, lime, demerara, and avocado is bright and refreshing.” Make a reservation at Hotel Chantelle.
For Whom the Bell Tolls at Rich Table, San Francisco, California
Bar manager Tommy Quimby created this sweet and savory drink last year after challenging himself to carry avocado from the food menu onto the cocktail list. It features Cimarron tequila, lime, simple syrup, maraschino, avocado and bell pepper puree with a dash of saline. Make a reservation at Rich Table.