The Art In Making Cocktails

A good cocktail, much like a good painting, is the product of rule-breaking creativity

There’s a fine art to mixing memorable drinks, a craftsmanship to become the top-notch mixologist. And just like the most memorable artwork, a little unusual creativity is required to make a masterpiece cocktail. 

Be it creating color-changing drinks, creating the most perfect shade of pink or serving drinks that ooze out of a hollow ice sphere, here are 3 way to impress and create an impressive little multisensory experience. 

The Dynamic Diamond

This color-changing drink is a mixologist twist on an Absolut Vodka favorite, the Double Diamond 

What you’ll need:
  • 1 oz. Absolut Vodka
  • 1 oz. lemon Juice
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • ½ oz. red cabbage juice
  • Suspension of disbelief (optional)
How to mix:

To achieve the color change, you’ll need to add red cabbage juice. Why? Red cabbage juice can be used as an indicator – it turns shades of red when mixed with an acid (in our recipe, the lemon juice) and shades of blue when mixed with bases (the baking soda). Don’t worry, neither the cabbage nor baking soda tastes of anything when mixed with the correct ratios.

To prepare the cabbage juice, cut a red cabbage into one-inch strips, and add to a microwavable safe bowl. Add water until the cabbage is submerged. Microwave on high until the water is boiling, which should take roughly two and a half to three minutes, depending on the size of the bowl.

Allow the cabbage juice to cool. Then, portion out the amount of cabbage juice you need, and add a pinch of baking soda, which will turn the juice blue.

Mix the blue cabbage juice with the Absolut Vodka and Triple Sec, and add to a martini glass. Serve the drink blue, and bring out the lemon juice with the drink. Add the lemon juice, and listen to your guests ooh and ahh as it changes from blue to pink.

Tip: Experiment with different concentrations of red cabbage juice to achieve a more saturated colour.

Crushable Absolut Crush

Serving an Absolut Crush in a hollow ice sphere gives this classic drink a whole new meaning.

What you’ll need:

Ice sphere molds. If you don’t already have them at home, click here to view different models online.

  • A flavor injector
  • 1 oz. Absolut Mandrin
  • 3 oz. orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 slice orange
How to Mix

The most crucial step is getting the ice balls just right. To do this, fill your ice molds with water and place them in the freezer for roughly three hours, flipping them halfway through freeze time. You want to get an ice wall that is roughly a quarter of an inch thick. Once the ice balls are frozen all the way around, use the flavor injector to poke a hole in the top of the ball, and drain out the excess water.

To mix the Absolut Crush, add all ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes and mix. Strain into a glass. It’s important that the cocktail is chilled before added to the ice ball, so, if necessary, refrigerate the drink until it’s time to serve.

Once you’re ready to serve, use the flavor injector to inject the cocktail into the ice ball. Then, carefully lower the ice ball into a tumbler or cosmopolitan glass, and serve with a spoon. Now all that’s left is to crack it open and sip the glory that is the Absolut Crush.

Tip: Use distilled water to achieve a clearer ice ball.

The E.T.

This vibrant, layered drink defies gravity.

What you’ll need
  • 1 oz. Absolut Vodka
  • 2 oz. cream liqueur
  • 2 oz. melon liqueur
How to mix

Add Absolut Vodka into a chilled cosmopolitan glass. Then, slow and carefully pour the melon liqueur along the side of the glass. This motion can be seen in the GIF above. Do the same with the cream liqueur, taking care to pour slowly so as not to disturb the layers.

The vodka has the lowest density and will float on top, followed by the melon liqueur which will make up the middle. Finally, the cream liqueur will settle at the bottom, creating the layered drink.

Tip: Use a mixing spoon for a more controlled pour.