The Fancy Food Show wrapped up Wednesday, capping off three days of specialty food sampling at the Moscone Center. More than 1,400 food and beverage makers showcased 80,000 newly available snacks and spices, desserts and drink mixes, health foods, and hedonistic indulgences from around the world.
As a cocktail writer, I was mostly interested in the booze-related products, so I put a call out to the show's vendors for innovative cocktail ingredients and recipes. I am now on a first-name basis with the FedEx lady, the UPS guy, and two USPS workers.
Some of the samples that arrived were self-explanatory. GuS Grown Up Soda; Q Drinks, which are clearly mixers; Owl's Brew bottled tea, which says "crafted for cocktails" right on the label; and the Spice Lab's Gin & Tonic Collection, a wooden box outfitted with 10 botanicals, a twisted bar spoon, and a beautifully designed set of cocktail recipe cards.
Some items seemed simple enough to incorporate into a cocktail, like organic maple syrups from Runamok Maple in Vermont and Crown Maple in New York; a selection of flavored, bottled coffees from Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee in Austin, Texas; and Tea Drops, which are organic, lightly sweetened tea bombs pressed into pretty shapes that dissolve in hot water. But other samples I received seemed like a bit of a stretch: What exactly was I to do with the GoodPop, an all-natural frozen popsicle, and the SmashMallow organic marshmallows, in flavors included Meyer lemon, chia seed, and root beer float.
Still other ingredients seemed just plain wrong. The thought of making a cocktail with Bonafide Provisions' turkey bone broth made my stomach turn, while the Moringa Green Energy shots and Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder (made from dried moringa, a spinach-like superfood) from Oakland-based Kuli Kuli Foods struck fear in my tastebuds. But, I womaned up to take one for the team, vowing to test as many recipes as I could without doing permanent damage to my liver. To help with the more challenging ingredients, I called on my friend Eric Nyeste, formerly a chef at Bergerac, who agreed to concoct drinks for a few friends with whatever ingredients I threw at him.
Experiment #3: Bonafide Bone Broth
For his next challenge, Eric turned to the chicken bone broth fromBonafide Provisions, a San Diego company that specializes in an organic, non-GMO broths from free roaming chickens and grass-fed cows. (Look for it in the freezer section at Whole Foods.)
Turkey Buck (aka Tryptophan Dram)
2 oz Maker's Mark (or Wild Turkey, if you have it)
.5 oz Bonafide Provisions turkey bone broth
Juice of ½ lime
Q ginger beer
1. Shake whiskey, broth, and lime juice with ice; pour into rocks glass
2. Top with Q ginger beer
This cocktail has a frothy top and starts off smooth and soft before the turkey soup flavor takes over. The whiskey is surprisingly subtle in this drink, considering how much bourbon we used. We also detect a nip of tart pickle at the end, which we attribute to the combination of bone broth and ginger beer.