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kelp cocktails with Bad Little Cocktails

Bad Little Cocktails Kelp Drink

We absolutely love when our community gets creative with our kelp! Check out our guest post below by Josh Spencer of Bad Little Cocktails below! 


I recently got my hands on locally produced sugar kelp flakes from my friends over at @nauticalfarms and of course my first thought was: how do I incorporate this into a cocktail? Given its salty flavor using it in a rim was my first instinct. ⁣
Bad Little Cocktail x Nautical Farms Ingredients for Cocktail
I decided to use Japanese whiskey as my base spirit. Generally when utilizing whiskey in a sour format cocktail you would go for lemon juice, but I had a feeling lime juice would pair better with the salty kelp flakes. The decision to muddle a few blackberries in was somewhat spontaneous. ⁣
I am pretty amazed at how well the blackberries pair with the Toki whisky. The blackberry flavor is nuanced, adding a sense of freshness. The Toki was the star. My choice of souring agent worked fabulously, especially aided by the addition of the blackberries. At first I wasn't sure the kelp flake rim did much apart from being a fun addition, but as I drank it became clear that they absolutely helped sharpen the flavors and even lingered a bit on the finish. It won't win any award for complexity, but it is damn tasty. The whisky is light bodied with a flavor that sort of sits in between scotch & Irish whisky. Those lighter, fruitier notes pair so well with the blackberries with a whisp of smoke that plays well with the salty kelp and lime.
To see more cocktail recipes and inspiration follow Josh at @badlittlecocktails on Instagram or Bad Little Cocktails on Facebook!