When it comes to cocktails, bigger is definitely better. Just look at the not so humble fishbowl. The oversized beverage is fit for a quartet of drinkers—or one incredibly parched king—but unlike a punch that’s doled out into standard punch cups, a true fishbowl is garnished with colorful bendy straws, poking out from the liquid like psychedelic reeds.
Its party-friendly vibe is a double-edged sword, though, justifying too many cloyingly sweet bowls of neon gunk. But don’t let those syrupy fishbowls convince you that the fishbowl can’t be counted amongst serious craft cocktails. At Sink|Swim in Chicago, fishbowls are a thing of well-mixed beauty.
Bar manager Sean McNeilly understands the hurdles he faces in trying to subvert the fishbowl’s reputation, but he’s serious about his bright punches. “The fishbowls are a fun way to approach something that people generally make with overly sweet ingredients,” he says, “but with balanced and well-crafted cocktails.”