Well, this has to go down as one of the strangest bars I’ve had the pleasure to visit. And trust me, it truly was a pleasure!
Tucked in the back of Intelligent Nutrients you’ll find a beautiful custom bar. And if you happen to be there at the right time, you’ll also find a fabulous bartender. IN Spirits is a collaboration between Intelligent Nutrients, Verdant Tea, and Prohibition Kombucha. From 3-5pm on Thursdays and Fridays, Verdant Tea hosts an afternoon tea with guided tastings. Then from 4-8pm the full bar is open for “aromatic cocktails”
If you’re like me, you’re thinking “Wait, what?? Aromatic cocktails? Is this some health craze where you just smell the drink to save calories and prevent toxins from taking over your body?” Trust me, you get to drink your toxins. Tasty tasty toxins. The aromatic part of the equation comes from the seven “aromatic essences” by Intelligent Nutrients. Each of these seven blends of essential oils are entirely edible, so the cocktails are created to work with the aromas.
This might seem like a strange “gimmick” – except that it WORKS. It works well. They have developed a cocktail menu with a very unusual goal and made it work with the spirits instead of against them. What are bitters and tonics if not aromatic accents to spirits? This is just a very different spin on the idea. In lesser hands, the aromatics could be overpowering and it might seem like drinking perfume. But in the hands of a creative and skilled bartender, you get something completely new and innovative.
Now, I’m not going to lie, it felt weird walking into a place known for things like “neutraceuticals” and oxygen bars to get a drink. But once you sit down at the beautiful bar and have a drink in front of you? Everything else just fades away. And hey, if you enjoy the drinks a bit too much – just pick up some aromatherapy “Recover Remedy” on your way out. It’s win-win.