There is something about a drink that comes in a container
large enough to hold your forearm. When this drink reminds you of a tropical
island, it is even better. Bartenders everywhere perfect recipes for plastic fish bowl drinks
summer because patrons want this nectar of the Gods. There are many versions of
the original concoction and barkeeps branch out to offer other cocktails in
these unique containers.
Hurricane drinks were traditionally served in glasses shaped
like hurricane lamps. However, many bartenders seized the opportunity for
profits by serving these popular drinks in plastic fish bowls. A typical
hurricane calls for two ounces each of passion fruit juice, light rum, and dark
rum. This is mixed with one ounce orange juice, the juice of half a lime, and
one tablespoon each of grenadine and simple syrup, then strained into a souvenir
A pink drink is not for everyone and for the more reserved,
there is the Sazerac, a favorite of visitors to New Orleans. Typically served
in an old-fashioned glass, this drink can also be presented in round, cookie
jar, or drum fish bowls. One drink includes
1 ½ ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey, Ό ounce of Herbsaint, three dashes of
bitters, and a sugar cube.
The sugar cube is mixed with the bitters and crushed and the
bourbon or whiskey is then added. Another glass is filled with ice, which is
removed prior to the glass being coated with Herbsaint. After the excess
Herbsaint is removed, the drink is poured into this glass and garnished with a
lemon peel. Quantities should be increased to create a drink that fills a
one-quart to four-gallon fishbowl.
Fish bowl drinks typically contain fruity concoctions
reminiscent of long, lazy summer days. A cactus bowl drink is a unique
variation that includes nine ounces of pineapple juice, six ounces of lime
juice or margarita mix, three ounces of light rum, and one and half ounces each
of spiced rum and almond liqueur. This fish bowl drink can be accented with
slices of pineapple, melon, and a paper drink umbrella.
This is just a sampling of alcoholic beverages that can be
served in a fish bowl container. The way a drink is presented makes it taste
better so bar managers should consider the different sizes of fish bowls
available to hold drinks. These containers come in different colors and the
imprinting option is a great promotional opportunity.