MxMo Veggie: Whats Up Doc?

It’s MxMo time again, and this one struck me as funny. However I am glad that Rowen from Fogged in Lounge brought it to us this month. Mostly I got a giggle because I was already working on a vegetable juice cocktail. To be honest there’s nothing very Tiki about vegetable cocktails. Now Tiki is my thing and my lifeblood, but I do have a couple other inspirations.

If only I could figure out what vegetable was in this cocktail…

I doubt I am the first boozehound to seek to honor the king of cartoon characters with a cocktail. They also likewise probably used his signature snack in some form or fashion. I am however bold enough to forgo all others and just whip my own honor up.

See what he did here? Carrot? Genius right…wait your turn ladies.

Bugs Bunny is synonymous with cartoons, Without him and the looney tunes who knows if one of my favorite sources of entertainment would still be around. Their humor was balanced like a great cocktail. One of my favorite memories from those cartoons was all the cookbooks and references to recipes. This cocktail in particular was inspired by the short Bill of Hare (1962), where Bugs rotisserie’s carrots over an open fire with the addition of honey. I had actually done a version of this a year ago but while going over my old recipes I decided this could use an update.

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It’s important to go for pure carrot juice in this cocktail. You’ll want to check the label because it’s often cut with orange juice. While early versions of this cocktail were made with Rittenhouse I found it to be to alcoholic and dry in this application. We had used Bulliet last year and it proved again to be the perfect partner.


Bugs Bunny

2 oz Bulliet Rye

1 oz Lakewood Pure Carrot Juice

½ oz honey mix (1:1)

¼ oz fresh lemon juice

1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake well with ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a lovely leafy carrot top is optional but fun.

The carrot juice and honey really marry well. Honestly they are a wonderful pairing that’s worth you looking into even outside of this drink. The lemon juice provides a needed lightness and acidity while the rye is ever present with it’s spicy character. You could focus on only one kind of bitters and get an okay cocktail, but using two kinds really improves it to my palate. Carrots and orange marry well and I like the added angostura spice in this cocktail. The nose is rich in that crudite plate smell that could only be carrots, but the honey and hints of the whiskey are well noted.


Your wit may not be as sharp as Bugs after a few of these, but it certainly might make a nice accompaniment to a rabbit stew. We’re glad to present this pretty tribute drink to all of you and maybe we can get in a part two for veggie Tiki. So until next time…


“You Get Hammered America!” – JFL


P.S.- Check out the Wrap up Here


About JFL

Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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3 Responses to MxMo Veggie: Whats Up Doc?

  1. putneyfarm says:

    Nice drink. I would not have thought of carrots and rye. We are still working on ours- you would think gardeners could do this, but we are having a hard time….

    • JFL says:

      I made pre version of this drink last year after about 5 tries, then started thinking about it again in march and probably made it another 10 different ways before I got it where I like it. Sometimes the hardest things are the things we should be best at, because we raise the bar so high for ourselves.

      I know you all will do great! Look forward to reading it.

  2. This drink looks awesome, and I really appreciate your inspiration, as I’m proud that I was essentially raised on Looney Tunes (and I’m a young’un!). I myself always wanted to make a gin-carrot-juice cocktail, but alas, nature got in the way. A few years ago I developed Oral Allergy Syndrome, which is a food allergy (but is really a botanical allergy, like to pollen, and can develop and also subside as one ages) that makes one unable to eat certain raw vegetables, fruits, and nuts (carrot included). Also, unfortunately, I’m learning to stay away from veggie and fruit juices in general, even if they’re pasteurized, cuz I’ve learned it’s just a good idea. So, I won’t be able to try your drink. I will, however, be posting about a OAS-friendly recipe for orgeat this summer (almond’s a huge culprit for me). It’s a battle. Hopefully, as I’ve hard can happen, I’ll be free of this scourge in 5 years. It really sucks to have your main hobby (food/drink) scuttled by an allergy. But if it ever subsides, I suppose I’ll be gorging on carrot juice cocktails!

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