Avocado is a great brunch addition, but could it be just as good in a cocktail?
The mighty avocado has seen a resurgence in popularity after avo on toast became a big thing with millennial’s and numerous cafes and restaurants serving up numerous variations of the dish.
So it is no surprise over the years it has slowly been making its way into other areas of the food and drink industry, including cocktails.
Making it with the puree of a ripe avocado, fresh lime juice, honey water and maple gin, the cool, refreshing drink is then dusted with cayenne pepper which Adam says is “a wonderful accompaniment to both avocado and maple”.
Would you try an avocado-based cocktail? You can make it yourself at home with the recipe below.
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Whilst we aren’t able to visit our favourite local businesses at this time, what we can do is what we do best… create drinks inspired by their work and offering. First up is the incredible @avoabz, a relaxed avocado-inspired restaurant based in the city’s market. For this drink we pureed half a ripe avocado 🥑 with fresh lemon juice 🍋 and a touch of honey water 🍯, before adding a large measure of our Maple Old Tom Gin 🍁 and shaking vigorously with ice for around ten seconds. After straining into a chilled Nick & Nora glass, to compliment the cool, vibrant refreshing drink we finished with a light dusting of cayenne pepper; a wonderful accompaniment to both avocado and maple. We also want to give a shout out to Edinburgh’s @bramble_bar and @mrdaiquiri who were probably the first bar to expose us to avocado in cocktails back in 2009 or 2010 with their delicious Mayas Daiquiri, featured in our 2017 Book of Bitters. #supportlocal #aberdeen #thehouseofbotanicals #avoabz #mapleoldtomgin
- 60ml Maple Old Tom Gin
- 15ml fresh lemon juice
- 15ml honey water*
- ½ fresh avocado, puréed
- Cayenne pepper, to garnish
- Purée half the avocado with fresh lemon and honey water into a cocktail shaker before adding the Maple Old Tom Gin.
- Shake hard with ice for ten seconds.
- Fine strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a light dusting of cayenne pepper.
* To make honey water combine equal parts (by weight) honey and water and stir until combined, keep chilled. Purée the avocado in advance of making the drink. Fine strain the drink through a tea strainer with wide mesh.