By Iden Eliopoulos
March 6, 2022
As a food journalist, sometimes you find an anonymous bartender who has an unnamed cocktail recipe. He’s been perfecting it for a while, and his buddy’s buddy came up with the idea first. This phenomenon is how classic cocktails are created.
A bartender stumbles upon a great, rare flavor combination and offers it to a regular customer. The cocktail is still unnamed. It’s just a delicious combination of ingredients.
Being passed from mixologist to mixologist, the flavor is slightly altered into a rare, more perfected drink. It comes polished and palatable. But garnish-wise, it still needs work.
From the ashes of uninspired garnishes will rise a new identity––one to pair like a good pair of shoes. The cocktail’s garnish represents its flavors creatively.
The anonymous mixologist has a solid idea of the garnish, color and flavor profile. They even know the images the drink is supposed to conjure up––poolside lounging or Michelin star meals etc.
All that's left from here is the popularization of the drink. The name attached to that drink could be either given by its final creator or just a person who really likes it. Maybe that’s sad, but that's just how it goes with recipes.