Here's an interesting way to shake up your next cocktail party: just throw some bugs in the booze.
Lucy Knops and Julia Plevin wouldn't think that would be too far-fetched, especially considering that their new startup, Critter Bitters, is currently raising funding on Kickstarter for bitters made with toasted crickets (yes, crickets).
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The Critter Bitter co-founders, who began working on their recipes when they were in grad school at the School of Visual Arts in New York, thinks there's a real appetite for the insect ingredient, especially since they say people are more willing to try new things when it comes in a cocktail and mixologists are always on the look out for some new flavors.
They say toasted crickets not only "add a sweet, nutty note to drinks," but are also "the gateway to eating insects."
So far, 35 investors have jumped on board, raising more than $1,500. But that's a far leap to reach the project's goal of $21,000.
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And why should anyone eat crickets? According to Critter Bitters' Kickstarter page, insects could be good for your health and as a protein source, require just a fraction of the land, water and feed as livestock. They're also natural and free of dyes.
Then there's the entertainment aspect; sipping on cocktails with bugs in them will undoubtedly spark some fun conversations.
While we're still a little leery about sipping on a cricket-infused martini, we'll certainly raise our glass to anyone with enough sense of adventure to try it.