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Rebecca Firkser
January 19, 2018

Whether it’s preventing millennials from buying a house or simply a healthy breakfast option, avocado toast has been making headlines for while. So it was about time that someone really riffed on the dish, and I’m not talking about putting an egg on it. Ryan Lotz of Bar Mezzana in Boston has taken avocado toast to the next level: He turned it into a cocktail. The avocado toast cocktail, known as the Smoothie Moves, is essentially the popular brunch item, liquified, with a toast crumb-rimmed glass.

“The whole cocktail is just kind of an irreverent joke,” Lotz said to Esquire. However, the drink isn’t as off-putting as you might think. "It's balanced, the savory flavors are subtle.”

Of course, putting avocado in drinks is not a new thing. Smoothie shops and cocktail bars alike have blended the fruit into many a beverage for its vegetal sweetness and natural thickening properties. 

Instead of highlighting other flavor profiles to rise above the avocado, Lotz wants the his avocado toast cocktail to taste as close to the real deal as possible. The drink is made with blended avocados, vodka, and kale syrup (because why not add another trendy element to this?). Served in a deep coupe glass rimmed with toasted breadcrumbs and chili flakes, the drink costs $13—ironically about the same price as avocado toast at your local brunch spot. At least this version includes alcohol.

If you can’t bear to spend double digit dollars on a drink, try making your own: Place ½ an avocado in a food processor or blender and shake the puree in a cocktail shake with ice, 1 ½ ounces of vodka, ½ ounce fresh lime juice, and ½ ounce kale syrup (you can make that by boiling ½ cup kale juice with ½ cup water and 1 cup sugar until the sugar dissolves, stirring all the while, before letting the mixture cool and thicken slightly). Use a bit of lime to dampen the rim of a coupe glass, then dip the rim in a mixture of breadcrumbs, salt, and chile flakes. Strain the drink from the cocktail shaker into the glass.

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