Savory Cocktails: 3 Drinks That Fuse Flavors from Your Favorite Foods

By: Mike Dunn | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 10:15 AM, Oct 22, 2018 Updated: 8:03 AM, Jan 3, 2019

The latest thing at the bar is adult beverages with a bit of saltiness, and there are some surprising ways to get that flavor. The List chatted with Matthew Doerr, Beverage Director of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to help us shake up drinks trends with these amazing savory cocktails.

1. Apple Salad Cocktail

Fall is the perfect time for some delicious apple recipes. So, we’re turning a classic apple salad into a one-of-a-kind bourbon cocktail.

Apple Salad Ingredients: 

  • Arugula
  • Crisp apple
  • Cranberries
  • Wild rice
  • Winter squash
  • Shaved celery
  • Honey walnut vinaigrette

Bourbon Apple Cocktail

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • .75 oz lemon
  • .75 honey walnut vinaigrette
  • 3 apple slices


2. Tomato Gazpacho Gin Cocktail

The dish we’ve chosen for inspiration behind our following cocktail is a crab salad that sits in the middle of some tomato gazpacho with some fennel fronds and celery roots. Don’t worry – that crab isn’t making it to our drink today!

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho Ingredients: 

  • Chilled lump crab
  • Heirloom tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Rustic bread

Tomato Cucumber Fizz Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .75 oz St. Germaine
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • .75 oz Tomato Gazpacho
  • Pinch of salt
  • Soda water


3. Avocado Margarita

For our third and final drink, we’re taking our favorite part of a fresh, local farm salad – the avocados, of course! We’re creating an avocado margarita that’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before.

Local Farm Salad Ingredients: 

  • Arizona greens
  • Roasted carrots
  • Steadfast Farms radish
  • Hayden Mills purple barley
  • Puffed grains
  • Tart cherries
  • Avocado

Avocado Margarita Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz lime
  • .5 oz Yellow Chartruese
  • Avocado foam
  • Tajin salt


Bet you weren’t expecting drink combos like these ones. These three twists will maximize the flavor of your cocktail.

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