Cocktails can be an artistic playground with filled with colorful and intricate garnishes, but one art museum’s bar has pushed the bounds of what’s possible in the mixology world by serving an “eyeball margarita” where, yes, a frozen eye serves as its garnish.
Most outre restaurant of 2018? Yep, it’s only January but with the James Turrell installations in the dining room, the pigs’ eyes in the drinks and the radical commitment to basil, this one’s going to be hard to top.https://t.co/Na1MN8At5O pic.twitter.com/qKWAm35XGq
— Pat Nourse (@patnourse) January 28, 2018
There is some speculation as to exactly what kind of eyeball sits on top of the black margarita at Faro Tapas. The new bar and restaurant, located inside of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, Australia, says it is a bull’s eyeball on their website. Gourmet Traveller food critic Pat Nourse, however, claimed it to be a pig’s eyeball in his review of the restaurant. Regardless of what animal it belongs too, having your drink stare back at you can be somewhat shocking at a first glance.
If you do manage to get past the initial fear, and drink the margarita, Nourse says the waiters will advise you to down it “promptly.” You don’t want the ice surrounding the garnish to defrost and get drips of eyeball into your drink.
Apart from the eccentric topping, the actual drink seems pretty interesting. It’s made with tequila, lime, mezcal, and charcoal with a black salt coating around the rim. Nourse does note that the charcoal dampens the flavor of the drink, but when you’re trying to avoid consuming liquid eye, you’re probably not thinking about the charcoal much.