Carrots are packed with nutrients – from beta-carotene and vitamin K to potassium and a bounty of antioxidants. So when their juice is incorporated into cocktails it boosts their health factor while alleviating our guilt. Here are 10 carrot cocktails to drink this spring.
Carrot Sour at Arroz, Washington, D.C.
You’ll be sweet on this sour. Beverage director Taha Ismail uses steamed carrot juice to add earthy fructose to this tiger-toned tipple powered by Moscatel sherry, white rum, and velvet falernum. Cinnamon is freshly grated on the finishing egg whites, so a sip evokes dipping into a slice of spiced up carrot cake with frothy icing. Make a reservation at Arroz.
Imperial Marrakech at GreenRiver, Chicago, Illinois
Go down the rabbit hole with this enchanting elixir. Ginger, honey, za’atar, lemon, and cinnamon mingle with fresh carrot and thyme to create an invigorating cocktail that gets its backbone from potato vodka. Surely Alice would have loved one of these after her trip to Wonderland. Make a reservation at GreenRiver.
Conejo at Craft & Commerce, San Diego, California
The Caribbean-minded margarita takes its name from the Spanish word for ‘rabbit.’ Forged with mezcal, it has a complex smoky-spicy-savory profile thanks to the use of carrot juice, green curry, pineapple juice, and habanero peppers. A chili-spiced rim adds a hit of heat. Make a reservation at Craft & Commerce.
What the Fudd at Harvest Table, St. Helena, California
WTF has a whole new meaning. Bartender Joel Pfeifle makes simple syrup with fennel and oregano from the on-site garden, which he mixes with carrot juice, housemade limoncello, Ford’s gin, and white vermouth. The results are Fudding awesome. Make a reservation at Harvest Table.
Jessica Rabbit at LSXO, Huntington Beach, California
“You don’t know how hard it is being a woman looking the way I do,” the buxom babe who shares a name with this cocktail once cooed. The same could be said of this jaw-dropper of a showstopper. Made with carrot juice, vodka, génépy, Fresno chilies, Thai basil, and yuzu, it dazzles and delights. Make a reservation at LSXO.
What’s Up Doc at Cafe Clover, New York, New York
The cocktail’s name comes from Bugs Bunny, not the Barbara Streisand film. Fresh carrot juice is mixed with OJ, honey, and Plymouth gin. A half-moon of orange and a sprig of parsley complete it. Make a reservation at Cafe Clover.
Carrot Mimosa at Dirty Habit, Washington, D.C.
This is not your average mimosa. Bartender Sarah Ruiz blends carrot juice, ginger juice, and citric acid to mimic a citrus flavor. She mixes that with sparkling white wine and garnishes the orange colored cocktail with carrot tops. Make a reservation at Dirty Habit.
What’s Up Doc? at Three Degrees, Portland, Oregon
We’re sure Bugs Bunny would love yet another ode to his famous opening line. Made with a carrot cordial, Aviation gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup, it’s finished off with a sprig of fresh rosemary. Warning: drink too many and you may become a wascally wabbit yourself. Make a reservation at Three Degrees.
Rayong Refresher at NaiYaRa, Miami Beach, Florida
When you need a lift after a long day. This energizing refresher crafted from carrot juice, Absolut Elyx, Domain de Canton, simple syrup, and lemon juice should do the trick nicely. Plus, there’s a pickled carrot so you have something to nibble on while you sip. Make a reservation at NaiYaRa.
Rabbit in Your Headlights at The Alembic, San Francisco, California
Your eyes will open wide after tasting this stellar sipper. Carrot juice perks up a combination of two ryes, Amaro CioCiaro, and lime. Don’t forget to blink while you drink. Make a reservation at The Alembic.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Kailley Lindman (Green River); Greg Powers (Arroz); Paige Green (Harvest Table).