Bourbon • Savory
The NTL Yam

Yams bridge the gap between the main course and dessert. Often topped with marshmallows at Thanksgiving, sweetened with maple syrup or baked into a pie, the bright orange tubers are even delicious in a drink. This bourbon cocktail from the team at The National in New York's Benjamin Hotel is made with a maple-tinged yam purée and is perfect with dinner or as a soothing post-meal digestif.

The Essentials

sweet potato purée
maple syrup
The Details
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2 oz bourbon
1 tbsp sweet potato purée
.5 oz maple syrup
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
Spiced rim (2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp star anise and 1 tbsp nutmeg, mixed together)


  • Wet the rim of a coupe with a lemon wedge, then roll the rim in the spice mix.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to a mixing tin with large ice and shake vigorously.
  • Double strain into the coupe.