Art of the Cocktail, Part 2 – Seaglass Restaurant
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a cocktail as “a usually iced drink of wine or distilled liquor mixed with flavoring ingredients,” a fairly broad definition that leaves a lot to the imagination. Historians tend to disagree on the exact origin of the cocktail, though many think it probably traces to sometime in the early 19th century, very likely in England. What the first cocktail might have been is also disputed (the Sazerac and old-fashioned are both contenders). Even the origin of the term “cocktail” is cloaked in mystery. Some say the term originated in New Orleans from the French word coquetel, an eggcup that doubled as a drink glass. Others claim that “cocktail” once referred to drinks that were stirred or decorated with an actual cock’s tail, and that over time the definition was broadened to include drinks mixed without the help of our feathered friends.
Whatever the truth might be about the cocktail’s past, mixed drinks have earned a place in our contemporary culture. The mere mention of the word “cocktail” evokes images of smoky jazz-soaked nightclubs brimming with stylish people. They are served at the beginning of nearly every event imaginable, from corporate mixers to wedding receptions. We have cocktail parties, cocktail dresses, and you have to wonder: What would James Bond be like if he ordered a beer instead of a martini?
In the recent past, cocktails have undergone a transformation of sorts. Serving as creative outlets for bartenders (or mixologists, as some like to be called), modern cocktails often are made from the finest ingredients, regularly including things like freshly squeezed juices, homemade syrups and bitters, spices, exotic fruits, and locally distilled spirits made with great care and attention to detail. These drinks look almost as good as they taste. Some might even say that modern cocktail craft has been elevated to an art form.
Read on to discover inspired creations by three Merrimack Valley bartenders. Try making these drinks yourself, or round up a group of friends and enjoy a fantastic night out.
Springtime Key Lime Whoopie Martini
Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge in Salisbury features rotating seasonal whoopie pie martinis. In the fall, it’s Pumpkin Patch, and in the winter Chocolate Peppermint. Crack open your copy of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and sit back with the spring offering, Key Lime, and you might imagine palm trees swaying in the Salisbury breeze. The martini is garnished with artisanal mini Key lime whoopie pies from their Newburyport neighbors at Chococoa Baking Co. & Cafe. The glass is rimmed with a dusting of graham cracker.
Sparkling Rosé Sangria
Sparkling rosé, Vivere limoncello, lemonade, simple syrup and fresh strawberries give this Seaglass cocktail a vivacious effervescence that pairs nicely with an evening of lobster rolls and seaside strolls. Doesn’t everything taste better paired with the sights and sounds of the North Atlantic shoreline?