Signature
Matthew Kelly / Supercall

Gin • Sweet
Heart Beet

If you ever watched Doug, then you know: Beets are “nature’s candy.” We couldn’t agree more with the vested, wispy-haired cartoon character. Sweet, savory and earthy, with the ability to dye anything that they touch bright pink, beets are pretty darn magical. And as Ardi Dulaku—head bartender at SaltRock Southwest Kitchen in Sedona, AZ—shows, they’re pretty great in a cocktail, too. He created this lip-smacking libation, which mixes vibrant beet juice into a gorgeous, flavor-packed take on a Gin & Tonic. “Beets are great because they’re so versatile in flavor—sweet, earthy and jammy,” Dulaku says. “Their sweetness pairs well with the bitterness of grapefruit and the botanicals in the Aviation Gin, such as juniper, lavender and cardamom.” Dulaku adds a touch of lemon juice for acidity and brightness and finishes the whole thing with Fever Tree Tonic to make a refreshing, spritzy delight.

The Essentials

Raw Beet Syrup
Lemon Juice
gin
Shaker
Strainer
The Details
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Ingredients

1 oz Raw Beet Syrup
.75 oz Lemon Juice
1.75 oz gin
.25 oz Grapefruit Cordial
tonic water
raw beets

Method

  • Add beet syrup, lemon juice, gin and grapefruit cordial to a mixing tin with ice.
  • Shake vigorously and strain into a Collins glass over ice.
  • Top with tonic and garnish with cubed beets.
intermediate
Strength:
Raw Beet Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

20 oz beets
20 oz Sugar

Method

  • Combine beets and sugar in a container that is filled close to the top and let the sugar extract the juice and flavor from the beets for four days. Strain and enjoy.
  • The leftover beet pieces make a great garnish or snack!
Grapefruit Cordial
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

1 Grapefruit
Sugar

Method

  • Zest the grapefruit, reserving the zest, then juice the grapefruit.
  • Weigh grapefruit juice, then measure out an equal weight of sugar.
  • Combine juice and sugar, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add grapefruit zest, stir, cover and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  • Strain cordial through a cheesecloth-lined strainer.