Signature
Matthew Kelly/Supercall

Scotch • Bitter
Witches’ Coffee House

At the Crystal Tavern in New Jersey, director of spirits and mixology Carlos Ruiz uses black lime powder to color and flavor this surprisingly bright and gulpable drink. A common Middle Eastern ingredient made from dehydrated limes, black lime powder is strongly sour, earthy, smoky and slightly bitter. Combined with activated charcoal, the black lime syrup is a perfect match for acidic black coffee and smoky Highland Park Dark Origins scotch. Bubbly tonic and creamy egg whites elevate the intense ingredients.

The Essentials

Scotch
coffee
black lime syrup
The Details
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Ingredients

2 oz Scotch
1 oz coffee
.75 oz black lime syrup
.5 oz lime juice
1 egg white
tonic
flowers

Method

  • Add the whisky, coffee, lime syrup, lime juice and egg white to a shaker filled with a small amount of ice and shake vigorously so that the egg white emulsifies.
  • Double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Top off with tonic and garnish with small flowers if desired.
intermediate
Strength:
Black Lime Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

.5 tsp black lime powder
1 Capsule charcoal
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup water

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a saucepan and heat over medium heat.
  • Stir until sugar is dissolved.