So what exactly are these carbonated cocktails? Essentially, bars devise a cocktail they love (we had one recently with grapefruit juice, aperol and sparkling wine which was wonderful) and then they force-carbonate it and serve it on tap to thirsty, summer-loving Seattle-ites. A great bar in the Capital Hill neighborhood, Montana, serves carbonated cocktails featuring their house-made ginger beer. And beloved Ballard pizza spot Delancey has been featuring incredible (and strong!) carbonated cocktails recently as they prepare for the opening of their new bar next-door, Essex. I seek out carbonated cocktails now because they sit much lighter in the summer than a full whiskey or gin-based cocktail, but tend to be a bit more interesting than regular cocktail fare as bartenders are using them as a canvas from which to experiment.
Have you spotted carbonated cocktails in your town or city?
(Image: Elizabeth Passarella)