Brighton bartenders celebrate spring sunshine with seawater cocktails

Brighton bartenders celebrate spring sunshine with seawater cocktails

Brighton bartenders celebrate spring sunshine with seawater cocktails

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Bartenders celebrated the spring sunshine with a bracing dip in the ocean and a cocktail with a special ingredient – seawater.

Brave passersby volunteered to sample the salty concoction which contained tequila, fresh lime, orange syrup and a shot of Brighton sea.

Professional mixologists Nathaniel Shenton and Joseph Tucker said salt is a natural flavour enhancer, so taking advantage of the abundant resource made perfect sense.

Head bartender Joseph, dressed in Victorian-style shirt, braces and trunks, said: “We love to use natural ingredients and seawater is our biggest natural resource.

“We dished out about 15 cocktails all containing seawater and everyone loved them.

"Margaritas have a salt rim so we thought a little bit of natural salt would really work well.”

The Marine Conservation Society found the four beaches in the Brighton had ‘excellent quality’ seawater in March 2013, and the duo put 10ml in each drink.

Joseph added: “That is an amount that anyone going for a swim is bound to ingest and if that much is not safe, even when quality’ by the Marine Conservation Society, then we really need to ask questions about how we measure what is and what is not safe in our marine environment.”

The mixers work at BYOC (bring your own cocktail), a secret speakeasy-style bar in Meeting House Lane, Brighton. After delivering a dose of sunshine to weather-hardened beachgoers the pair plunged into the sea, flippers and all.

Doctors once extolled the virtues of drinking seawater – Dr Richard Russell, an  18thcenturyphysician from Lewes, being among them.

But the Food Standards Authority say it must be fit for human consumption and not at risk of contamination if it is being used as an ingredient.

According to a study by the American National Academy of Sciences, one litre of seawater can be home to more than 20,000 different species of bacteria.

Dr Russell recommended drinking the seawater near Brighton, saying it had curative properties superior to the water from inland spas. Hewas credited with creating the idea of the “sea side mania of the second half of the eighteenth century”.

The contemporary equivalent is 'thalassotherapy’ although the practice of drinking seawater has largely stopped.

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2:32pm Mon 24 Feb 14

theidiotsarewinning... says...

Sorry to be a spoilsport, but has anyone checked the faecal coliform count of the cocktails - SERIOUSLY are you aware of what you are drinking in the sea water???!!
Yes our seawater has passed the minimum standards, however it is FULL of faecal coliforms that exclusively come from the bowels of warm blooded animals - i.e poo bacteria…
The new sewage facility near Brighton marina only cleans the wastewater to 'secondary filtration' i.e the minimum required by law, it only removes plastics and other non-degradable solid items and then macerates (liquidizes) the excrement and pumps it out to sea, ready for the tides and wind to bring it back in again!
There is no 'tertiary' stage, which is usually ultraviolet light used to kill the bacteria prior to pump out , hence the whole of our sea around the coast is proliferated with faecal coliforms and viruses from excrement - check with the Environment Agency and they will confirm this…
Tertiary filtration was campaigned for, but would have cost a little more money, so in the interests of returns to shareholders it wasn't included in the plan.
The bacteria they argue is eventually killed by natural sunlight (U.V), but given the constant top up from the sewerage pipe from 250 thousand odd people the levels always remain high..
So re the cocktails, personally I don't fancy em at all, although I could see that they might be popular at scat parties ha ha!
Sorry to be a spoilsport, but has anyone checked the faecal coliform count of the cocktails - SERIOUSLY are you aware of what you are drinking in the sea water???!! Yes our seawater has passed the minimum standards, however it is FULL of faecal coliforms that exclusively come from the bowels of warm blooded animals - i.e poo bacteria… The new sewage facility near Brighton marina only cleans the wastewater to 'secondary filtration' i.e the minimum required by law, it only removes plastics and other non-degradable solid items and then macerates (liquidizes) the excrement and pumps it out to sea, ready for the tides and wind to bring it back in again! There is no 'tertiary' stage, which is usually ultraviolet light used to kill the bacteria prior to pump out , hence the whole of our sea around the coast is proliferated with faecal coliforms and viruses from excrement - check with the Environment Agency and they will confirm this… Tertiary filtration was campaigned for, but would have cost a little more money, so in the interests of returns to shareholders it wasn't included in the plan. The bacteria they argue is eventually killed by natural sunlight (U.V), but given the constant top up from the sewerage pipe from 250 thousand odd people the levels always remain high.. So re the cocktails, personally I don't fancy em at all, although I could see that they might be popular at scat parties ha ha! theidiotsarewinning...
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5:44pm Mon 24 Feb 14

theidiotsarewinning... says...

Please someone - buy one of these 'cocktails' and get it analysed by a lab…
It would be interesting to know just how much poo-punch these bad boys deliver…
Perhaps some of the bacteria might be killed by a high enough concentration of alcohol, perhaps some bacteria and viruses, but not all?..
What really gets me is the fact that a link even exists between having a bowel movement and the ingredients in a cocktail !
The prospect of using the toilet and then going out that evening and being reunited with it in a cocktail glass is just not cricket - I'm sorry, but even though I am adventurous - sometimes reckless even, I just cannot abide this new cocktail business…
The idiots are indeed winning, and they are winning by some margin!...
Please someone - buy one of these 'cocktails' and get it analysed by a lab… It would be interesting to know just how much poo-punch these bad boys deliver… Perhaps some of the bacteria might be killed by a high enough concentration of alcohol, perhaps some bacteria and viruses, but not all?.. What really gets me is the fact that a link even exists between having a bowel movement and the ingredients in a cocktail ! The prospect of using the toilet and then going out that evening and being reunited with it in a cocktail glass is just not cricket - I'm sorry, but even though I am adventurous - sometimes reckless even, I just cannot abide this new cocktail business… The idiots are indeed winning, and they are winning by some margin!... theidiotsarewinning...
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