Celebrate Shark Week 2019 With These 10 Cocktails
Dive into Discovery Channel’s 31st annual fin-fest with the splashiest drinks inspired by denizens of the deep.
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Bonefish Grill's Jaws on the Rocks
Flesh-and-blood sharks tend to stick to the coastal states, but as Saturday Night Live’s Landshark demonstrated back in the '70s — and as Bonefish Grill's nationwide locations prove with a while-supplies-last offering this year — you're never as far from a fin as you think you are. Served in a toothy tiki mug, Jaws on the Rocks combines Absolut Citron, St-Germain, white cranberry juice, fresh-squeezed lime juice and simple syrup (shaken and garnished with frozen cranberries and a sprig of mint).
Cowgirl Sea-Horse's Shark-a-Rita
Every week is Shark Week at Cowgirl Sea-Horse, an offbeat bar and eatery in Manhattan's Financial District "where Coney Island meets the rodeo." Their signature Shark-a-Rita is an ocean-blue frozen margarita served in a 16-ounce Mason jar, topped with a blood-red-tequila-filled shark that's yours to keep. Fair warning: You're going to need a bigger boat for their Shark Week special (the Megalodon, a 32-ounce version of the drink that’s available 7/28-8/4).
Cabo Wabo Cantina's Shark Tank
Temperatures in Las Vegas might well climb into the triple digits this week, so there's no time like the present to dive into Cabo Wabo Cantina's Shark Tank, available through this Sunday. The 50-ounce offering (served in a souvenir glass) is its own ecosystem, complete with Absolut Lime, blue curacao, sweet-and-sour mix, a ginger ale float, gummy sharks, plastic skeletons -- look, we can’t all survive Shark Week -- and a "cherry bomb" shot served in yet another shark.
Glass House's Baby Shark
If you fancy a cocktail with a cause and can’t make it all the way down to Florida, head to Cambridge, MA, where Glass House is blending up its own Baby Shark (yes, 2019 is the year of Baby Shark), a frozen mojito with dark and light rums, blue raspberry syrup, ginger beer, lime juice and house-made mint simple syrup. It's on the menu until Friday, and $1 from the sale of each drink will be donated to Ocean Conservancy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that's been working to protect our oceans for more than 40 years. Your move, YouTube sharks.
Burlock Coast's Baby Shark
In partnership with Discovery Channel, The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is all in for Shark Week. Its spa is featuring an entire treatment menu dedicated to ocean-inspired therapies like the Starfish and Sand Pedicure, while Burlock Coast -- its locally-sourced eatery -- is offering five themed dishes as well as the Baby Shark cocktail, made with blue curacao, light rum, pineapple juice, lemon juice and "seafoam" (a frothy vegetable-based protein whipped with a touch of sea salt). A portion of proceeds from all Shark Week offerings will benefit the University of Miami’s Shark Research & Conservation Program, founded by Shark Week expert Dr. Neil Hammerschlag.
Rivershed's Shark Bite
Seven great white sharks were spotted near Cape Cod this past weekend, according to local news reports and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. The spirit they inspired, Cape Cod Great White Rum, is expected at bars and restaurants throughout the area on the Cape & Island Distillers Shark Week Cocktail Trail. Follow along on their Instagram feed for details on destinations and drinks like The Wharf Edgartown's Alex Kintner (named for one of the young victims in Jaws), The Seafood Shanty's The Juicy Brucey (named, of course, for the shark that ate him) and Sand Bar & Grille's Shark and Stormy. If you find yourself in Scituate, Massachusetts, keep your eyes peeled for Rivershed’s Shark Bite (above, which combines the rum with pineapple, blue curacao and grenadine).
Pechanga Resort Casino's Shark Attack
Southern Californians can celebrate Shark Week for all of August at Temecula’s Pechanga Resort Casino, where bars will be serving the Shark Attack (with tequila, blue curacao, lime, grenadine, a gummy shark and a "beach sand" raw-sugar rim) through the end of the month. Resort guests and day pass holders can head to the property’s pool complex, The Cove, for free Shark Week koozies while supplies last.
The Flamingo's Blood in the Water
Oceanic apex predators have made landfall in Brooklyn at The Flamingo, a downtown tiki bar at Gotham Market that’s pouring Blood in the Water (tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, blue curacao, grenadine and gummy sharks). Bartender and co-owner Avi Gould reports that the drink will be featured throughout Shark Week -- "however, with 10 pounds of gummy sharks it will probably be available a bit longer." (We can only offer speculation as to whether or not he'd be willing to garnish other drinks with gummy sharks, but we'd note that it never hurts to ask.)
Death & Co.'s Tigershark
The tiger shark is found in temperate and tropical waters all over the world (with the exception of the Mediterranean Sea), and it has a reputation for eating just about anything. Its cocktail form (created this year by Matthew Belanger for the spring/summer menu at Death & Co. in New York City’s East Village) is, fittingly, global and eclectic. It's a combination of Cascahuin "48" Plata Tequila, nori-infused Avuá Prata Cachaça, Cappelletti, watermelon juice and lime syrup.
Mother of Pearl's Shark Eye
New Yorkers who fancy curacao cocktails with bite should head to Mother of Pearl (a short walk from Death & Co., if you’re in the mood for a metropolitan Shark Week crawl) for "postmodern tiki" offerings like the dramatic Shark Eye, made with passion fruit syrup, lemon juice, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao, Elijah Craig 12-year bourbon, bonded rye and tiki bitters. "Shark Eye can make you feel that island vibe on any occasion," its creator, Jane Danger, told Food & Wine. After all, Danger said, "Manhattan is an island, right."