When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he probably knew it would change the world. What he probably didn’t know is that his creation would also become the trendiest new way to serve a drink.
According to Thrillist now bars and cafes from Seoul to New York City are serving drinks in actual light bulbs.
South East Asia is the start of light bulb containers
Southeast Asia is the place to first have the bright idea to transform a light bulb into a drinking container. Mark Lee, a co-owner of the popular dessert bar Spot in New York City, says his chef first saw the innovation on a trip. “Our chef travels all over the world and kept seeing the cups on the streets of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea,” said Lee.
It may look like the cups are just light bulbs with the filament scraped out, but there’s a bit more to them than that. Spot gets its plastic light bulb-shaped cups — which it fills with a Thai iced tea bubble tea -custom-made in Taiwan. Both of those versions have flattened bottoms so that they can be set down on a table without your drink rolling over. Elsewhere, like at ROKC, a cocktail bar in Upper Manhattan, you can find a rounded version of the cup sitting in a bed of ice to keep it from rolling around.
Where to find light bulb drinks in Malaysia?
There are a couple of places you can find here that serve light bulbs drinks. If you are staying anywhere near Kuala Lumpur you can try squeezed fruit juices serve in light bulb containers at Take Eat Easy restaurant located in Manjalara, Kepong. These fruit juices are quite the deal. There were made with real fruits and is a great energy booster. Some of the juices you can try are cucumber, lemon, dragon fruit and lemongrass. For northerners, the place to go is Bulb Tea Penang restaurant. Located in Georgetown Penang, this restaurant serves refreshing ice-cold drinks such as cha yen, green tea, hazelnut cappuccino, and many more in light bulbs containers.
Unique cups account for difficult task
Boudreau uses crushed ice in the light-bulb cup cocktail he serves at Canon, which he says was a challenge to get into the vessel. The boba pearls in bubble tea, another popular beverage served in a light-bulb cup, have to be dropped in a couple at a time, Lee reveals. And the light bulbs also must be served with a straw, or it’s nearly impossible to get the liquid out of the cup.
Still, the cup has proven to be incredibly successful. Boudreau says that the aptly named Bright Idea cocktail (made with tequila, watermelon, and pomegranate) is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. So much so that people try to steal the cups all the time — a pretty dim idea.