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#1 Père Ubu

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 10:02 AM

This story is here in the BBC, but not visible to our uk friends, so I reported.

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Forget lime wedges, lemon twists and little pink umbrellas -- the latest cocktail garnish craze has six (or eight) legs and a crunchy finish.
At high-end bars in the United States and United Kingdom, bartenders are crafting cocktails with ingredients like crickets, tarantulas, scorpions and even giant ants.

The Artesian bar at the Langham hotel in London has been serving up their Langham Tea Punch for just over a year. The ingredients include Courvoisier cognac, Japanese sencha tea and an oven-baked tarantula and scorpion. Just last month, the bar upped the ante by introducing their Vieux Carre cocktail, which pairs cognac and rye whiskey with a side of toasted Colombian giant ants and Mopani worms. Both cocktails cost £16.50

“The drinks are a great talking point since insects aren’t a typical source of nutrition in the UK,” said Artesian head barman Alex Kratena, who noted the cocktails are usually ordered in groups. “Some insects get toasted, which brings the drink extra flavour and some are used for decorative purposes. Most are rather tasty!”

Stateside, White and Church in New York City serves up a trio of insect cocktails, including a cinnamon-flavoured rum paired with honeybees, a margarita-like drink with Mexican spicy worms, and a Batida de Cocco drink with heavy cream and dried grasshoppers. The drinks ring up at $13 each.

Brave enough to drink up and chow down? A single bug can provide 10 to 20 grams of protein, offering a nice nutritional boost in addition to the more usual buzz.

#2 Alan Moss

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 10:11 AM

This story is here in the BBC, but not visible to our uk friends.

Thanks, Miguel. I pay a BBC licence fee since I live in the UK, so I couldn't see the link. People living outside the UK who don't pay a licence fee can see the link. Crazy.

The US bar mentioned is in this video.

Anyway I was pleased to see that no Butterflies were harmed in the production of these cocktails. :pirate:
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#3 Père Ubu

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 10:22 AM

To paraphrase the doors on The Heart of Gold "Glad to be of service".

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 11:34 AM

Damn. These bars are seriously over-charging. I've been in plenty of bars in nyc where you can get a fresh cockroach in your cocktail at NO extra charge!
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#5 Ambear

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 11:37 AM

:puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke:

Hold on...just found a tarantula hair stuck in my teeth...

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#6 Absomphe

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 12:28 PM

That's what (s)he said.

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

You got a problem with that?


#7 Evan Camomile

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 03:40 PM

It's been going on for a while. A big hit with silly people trying to impress others.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 04:29 PM

I'm outa Absinthe Beetle. :3869-sadbanana:











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#9 Père Ubu

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 04:42 PM

Douglas Adams wrote about that, but he was less polite. He wrote something like "stupid rich people trying to impress other stupid rich people". I tried finding the quote, but no luck. But I rember it clearly, because I have met such creatures. They blown big $$ on something stupid, just to impress people with their $$ and connections.

#10 OMG_Bill

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 09:20 PM

I'm trying to get better.....honest. <sigh>
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

#11 sardonix

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 11:26 AM

:shock: What's in that drink?! :puke:
I'd rather do a flaming double shot of Hill's with a La Fee NV chaser!
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#12 Absomphe

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 02:07 PM

Please, I'm trying to enjoy the hell outta my Abyss, buddy! :laugh:

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

You got a problem with that?



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