Last weekend, a few of us attended a mixology workshop conducted by Kinsey Johnson, a Mixologist and Bartender from Brisbane, Australia – who specializes in creating cocktails that are unique in taste, but also look artistic and creative. And we got to experience that first hand – to be honest, I was thrilled! Kinsey has over 15 years of experience in Bartending and has his family club Viscosity. He strives to specialise in the unusual and eclectic – experimenting along with exploring the many avenues of alcohol viscosity and drinks design. This is his first trip to Bangalore, and he’s already imbibed quite a few local flavors into his concoctions.
Some of the cocktails were inspired from these local flavors that he discovered; he’s used a bit of mango juice, kokum, elaichi and the works. And the cocktails have interesting names too, there’s Bangalore Traffic – who can escape that right?!This was a delicately layered drink with Vodka and Malibu with Mango Juice signifying the plentiful auto rickshaws in the city (tuk tuks!). The Banyan Tree and Shark Bite were terrific as well. The Banyan Tree had alcoholic worm like tangled roots created with a molecular mixology technique called Direct spherification. The Shark Bite was perhaps the prettiest drink yet – it took a while to make as well. So this was essentially TWO separate drinks prepared, and then served by freezing off layers of the drink giving it the perfect jagged edges, that would eventually dissolve to create the mixed drink. Definitely the showstopper for the evening of Mixology Workshop!
And the craziest one – was the HIGH Inhaler. This was basically putting vodka and the flavors in a high compression canister. To prepare this, the alcohol is extracted from the liquid form to vapour, which then gets inhaled as a mist. It’s an instant shot, and unlike nothing I have experienced before! This alone made the whole mixology workshop worthwhile! Kinsey is around in High for a few more weeks, head there to try these amazingly creative cocktails.
Head to High Ultra to experience some of this fantasy cocktails in the beautiful venue, or watch him mix up some of this incredible drinks.