Bartenders often look to classic drinks or seasonal ingredients for menu inspiration, but they sometimes find ideas in more unusual places. Here, a few of our favorite examples—and the resulting cocktails.
7-Eleven. Courtney Bissonnette, co-owner of Boston’s Coppa, decided to break from esoteric spirits and science-lab techniques and looked to the lowbrow ingredients sold at convenience stores for inspiration. The end product was The Coney Island Strongman, a mix of Miller High Life and green and yellow chartreuse. “It’s ridiculous, but people love it,” she says.
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Soup. This Thai Martini was inspired by a Thai soup recipe made with apple and coconut milk.