Signature
Matthew Kelly/Supercall

Gin • Sweet
Casablanca

Turmeric’s intense color and flavor can be overwhelming, so many bartenders choose to pit it against equally robust ingredients in order to achieve a delicious balance. This cocktail, dreamt up by Ray Sakover of New York’s Slowly Shirley, pairs turmeric juice with bold flavors inspired by North African cuisine. “I naturally gravitated towards sweet date and sour lemon, adding turmeric and harissa to give the cocktail depth,” says Sakover. The complex drink is underlined by a base of grassy golden rum and herbaceous gin, and topped off with an appropriately spiced, quirky garnish: a cinnamon and mint palm tree.

 

The Essentials

Gin
gold rum
turmeric juice
The Details
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Ingredients

Gin
1 oz gold rum
.75 oz fresh Lemon Juice
.5 tsp turmeric juice
.25 oz honey
2/3 oz Moroccan syrup
1 oz date demerara syrup
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Cinnamon and mint palm tree, for garnish

Method

  • Add all ingredients save for the garnishes to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist-wrapped date and a cinnamon-mint palm tree.
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Moroccan Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

3 oz Lemon Juice
2 tsp turmeric juice
1 oz honey

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a jar and seal tightly.
  • Shake until the honey is fully combined.
Date-Demerara Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

21 oz dates
8.5 oz Demerara Sugar
42 oz Water
.25 tsp harissa

Method

  • Combine the dates and water in blender and blend until smooth.
  • Fine strain the mixture and discard the pulp.
  • Add demerara sugar to the mixture and let sit until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Add harissa and mix thoroughly.