By Alison Bailin Batz
Photo by Shelby Moore
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour recently released its highly anticipated sixth annual Book o’ Cocktails. The 18-page menu and commemorative book features 60 different cocktails from the brain trust at the world-renowned bar.
“Recent years’ concepts have tended toward fairy tale-inspired cocktails – some inspired by heroes, some by darker characters,” says founder Ross Simon.
This year, the menu is all about going big…as in the Big Top.
“Our new offering is inspired by the circus as well as carnival folk. It is divided into four main sections: divergent, cocktails that push boundaries; play it safe, tried-and-true classics; to the point, spirit forward options; and refreshing, so a bit of fruit, a bit of zest and complete approachability,” Simon explains.
One cocktail clearly made with summer in mind is Tickled Pink ($12).
“It starts by adding Zubrowka Bison Grass Polish Vodka, which is sourced from Bialowieza forest in Poland and boasts an herbaceous aroma with hints of vanilla, to a pilsner glass with crushed artisan ice,” says Simon.
Next, a three-berry puree made from strawberries, raspberries and blackberries and French fruit-infused liqueurs are stirred into the glass.
“The liqueurs supercharge the fruit flavors without adding too much sweetness,” says Simon, who completes the cocktail with cream to add a rich lushness to the texture as a top layer of fresh ice.
It’s garnished with a strawberry and mint as well as a skewer of blackberries and raspberries that have been sprayed with edible silver paint for an added wow factor.
Light yet creamy, Tickled Pink almost tastes more like adult ice cream than an adult beverage.
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.340.1924; www.bitterandtwistedaz.com.