Forget lime wedges, lemon twists and little pink umbrellas -- the latest cocktail garnish craze has six (or eight) legs and a crunchy finish.
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
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
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
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
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.