Sometimes you really can have your cake — and drink it, too. Bartenders around town have been giving us our money’s worth lately with an array of cocktails bearing edible treats, from Thin Mint cookies to Blow Pops. Satiating enough to skip dinner? Negative. Tasty enough to call it dessert? Without a doubt. Here are five of our favorites.
THE GIRL SCOUT at SONS & DAUGHTERS
The inspiration behind this cocktail was simple: bartender Tim Cooper’s love for mint and chocolate. “Whether it’s mint chocolate chip ice cream or a Girl Scout Thin Mint — I’m one of those people who has to finish the whole roll — I was always all about the combination,” he says. As such, we present the Girl Scout: a shaken sipper of Fords Gin, Branca Menta, Marie Brizzard Crème de Cacao, and mint leaves that’s served on the rocks. “The intention was to create a drink that had that 'I have to finish the whole roll' effect,” Cooper notes. “I believe one might even say ‘crushable.’”
THE BANANA BOAT at THE VNYL
If you aren’t ready to relinquish summer just yet, you and bartender Gareth Howells are likely on the same wavelength. Two tasty infusions make their way into this tropical stunner: Falernum flavored with banana chip — which garnishes the drink, as well — and Avua Amburana Cachaca heightened with cacao nib. He fills a julep glass with those two, but watch out — there’s also Bulleit Rye, peppercorn and coriander demerara, pineapple, and Angostura.
THE MEXICAN GRASSHOPPER at LOOSIE ROUGE
Inspired to create an icy fresh tipple as refreshing as it is decadent, the team at this Williamsburg favorite landed on this offering, a frothy tipple of blanco tequila, coconut milk, and equal parts mint liqueur and white cacao liqueur. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any cuter — it is served in a milk bottle, after all — behold, a garnish of Hershey’s chocolate.
THE FROM EDEN at THE LATE LATE
This dram’s lollipop garnish will have you feeling like a kid all over again — until, that is, you take your first sip of the boozy blend. Bartender Seth Allen shakes together equal parts Absolut Citron and Absolut Mandarin with orange juice before straining the citrus-forward concoction into a rocks glass.
THE CLERMONT at BELLE SHOALS
Bartender Jimmy "Jimbo" Palumbo keeps it simple at this Williamsburg hangout, where he doles out toasted peanuts alongside a spirit- and citrus-forward libation of Rittenhouse Rye, Acqua di Cedro, Amaro CioCiaro, and vanilla.
By Nicole Schnitzler
(Photos from left: The Girl Scout at Sons & Daughters by Shedrick Pelt; From Eden at The Late Late; The Clermont at Belle Shoals by Andrew Kist)