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Aloe martini sounds gross, tastes delicious, wins award

Here’s the Aloe Sapphire martini at Room, the restaurant inside Twelve Centennial Park. It won “Best Restaurant Cocktail” in a contest sponsored by Bombay Sapphire. Because of that, I decided to give it a spin even though I fear sweet martinis and think aloe vera should only be used topically.

It is one of the further-out drinks on Room’s far-out martini list. Contents: gin (yay), grapefruit schnapps (I can deal), fresh rosemary (sure, why not) and fresh aloe vera juice (eww?). All this for $12.

Taste: sweeter than I normally like but interesting. The flavors all kind of dart in and around each other. The aloe vera juice has a distinctive taste — honeyed and tropical, but with a clean, tart edge, like litchi. And here I thought it was going to taste like ointment. Not that I eat ointment…

Afterwards I asked to see the bottle. It’s a Korean beverage, which I later picked up on a trip to Super H Mart. It tastes kind of like natural Hawaiian Punch, and it has a lot of little juicy bits floating around inside. The kids kind of liked it.

The cocktail is a creation from Room’s enterprising mixologist, Steven Kowalczuk, who teaches sold-out mixology classes and it at work on a pilot for a drinks TV show. I’ll spend a day with Kowalczuk for a Restaurant Stories column in an upcoming Sunday paper.

5 comments Add your comment

bettyjoan

January 22nd, 2009
2:48 pm

That actually looks and sounds delicious.

Kar

January 23rd, 2009
3:40 pm

You can get this just about anywhere these days at Hispanic or Asian supermarkets. I’ve tried the samples and it’s sweeter but refreshing than you’d expect.

I can understand why it would go with grapefruit.

jkessler

January 23rd, 2009
4:08 pm

I’m kinda thinking one would sure taste good right about now…

Dirty South Wine

January 23rd, 2009
7:15 pm

I find it strange that anyone would make a cocktail with Aloe juice. Aloe juice is often used to relieve constipation. Laxatives are the last thing people need when they’ve been drinking.

John Kessler

January 27th, 2009
12:31 pm

eww….visuals….