For his healthy(ish) sour, Matt Ragan, former bar director at Victor Tangos in Dallas, decided to infuse his base spirit of vodka with fresh turmeric root and then build on the health benefits of curcumin with equally healthful ingredients. “We add a hit of Vitamin A with carrot juice and Vitamin C with lemon juice,” Ragan says. He also adds honey to sweeten the whole deal, and tops it off with Angostura bitters, which, he says, “helps cut through the strong veggie flavor of the carrot juice.” The end result is a relatively simple but ultra-delicious recipe, one Ragan calls a “wildly refreshing and delicious cocktail that does the body good.”
2 oz turmeric-infused vodka
1 oz carrot juice
.75 oz turmeric
.75 oz lemon juice
2 dashes bitters
Celery stalk, for garnish
1 750-mL bottle Vodka
- Add turmeric to vodka and let infuse for 24 hours.
- Test the vodka, and leave to infuse longer, if needed.
- Strain the turmeric root from the vodka and discard.