Optical Illusions: 5 Color-Changing Cocktails to Order Now

Mixologists are becoming magicians. Top cocktail creators have figured out whimsical ways to turn their tipples into tricks that leave their guests clapping with delight. One of their favorite illusions is to transform their drinks from one color to another. Here are five color-changing cocktails to add magical vibes to any #ThirstyThursday.

Arbella, Chicago, Illinois
Just as Anastasia undergoes a stunning transformation in 50 Shades of Grey, so does this sultry sipper. The 50 Shades of Jade is a shaken mixture of shōchū, sake, crème de violette, and Gran Classico. It’s cloudy when it’s first poured into the coupe glass, but then it takes on a golden glow before ultimately settling on a purplish-green hue. Make a reservation at Arbella.

Color-Changing Cocktails

Scarpetta, Miami Beach, Florida
True Bleau, baby, we love you. Featuring gin and grapefruit soda, the cocktail is completed with a pea flower-infused ice cube. As the cerulean sphere melts, the cocktail turns a rich violet color. Make a reservation at Scarpetta.

Color-Changing Cocktails

Toups South, New Orleans, Louisiana
Sitting in the middle of a bitter gin martini is a scoop of Ponchatoula strawberry granita. As the scoop of slush melts, it gives the drink a ruddy hue. Additionally, the berry-powered slurry adds a subtle sweetness, which balances out the cocktail. Make a reservation at Toups South.

Color-Changing Cocktails

Firefly, Washington, D.C.
The Transformation is actually two drinks in a single glass. There’s a gimlet forged from gin and basil-lime cordial and there’s an Aviation cocktail in ice cube form. As the spherical ice melts, it turns the green gimlet into a purple Aviation. Make a reservation at Firefly.

Color-Changing Cocktails

Bergerac, San Francisco, California
The Fogs Rollin’ In is made with rum, spiced pear liqueur, lime and grapefruit juices, and a frothy egg white topping. When it’s first constructed in the glass, it sports three colors. However, as time passes, the entire drink becomes orange due to oxidation. Make a reservation at Bergerac.

Color-Changing Cocktails

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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: Mistey Nguyen (Arbella).