Sure, you’ve seen carrots used in a salad or maaaaaybe as a garnish for a Bloody Mary, but have you ever seen a carrot cocktail?
Carrot cocktails have started to become a thing around the country, with drinks being made with everything from carrot-infused vodka to straight carrot juice with a liquor twist.
It’s certainly an interesting trend. As someone who is, in general, a bit apathetic abount the vegetable, I’m not sure it’s something I would gravitate toward on a cocktail menu, but it is something I could see reaching for when I wanted to be a bit “healthier” with my beverage selection. Who says cocktails can’t be healthy, right?
Curious what a carrot cocktail actually looks like? Here’s a look at a few that are being served around the country, along with notes about what you can expect from the drinks directly from the people mixing them up.
Simply Sustainable at Temple Court in New York, NY
This drink is a variation of the classic Vesper martini. The cocktail features Simple Vodka, which is sustainably produced and donates 20 meals per bottle produced to U.S. hunger relief organizations. The vodka is infused with leftover carrot shavings from the Temple Court kitchen before mixing it with gin and Bergamot Liqueur.
Mad Carrot at Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey, CA
A health-infused boozy beverage, the Mad Carrot is made of tequila, carrot turmeric juice, ginger syrup, lemon juice, and muddled jalapeño.
The Carrot Juice Spritzer at Aracely Cafe in San Francisco
The Carrot Juice Spritzer with madeira, fresh squeezed carrot juice, lime juice, sparkling cucumber water and cucumber garnish.
Rabbit vs. Mule at Cindy’s in Chicago, IL
Spoon and Stable
A playful riff on mule cocktails, Rabbit vs. Mule is composed of carrot, lemon, and ginger with Hamilton Black Rum.