The Yellow Line

This cocktail pairs the complexity of oak-aged cachaça with turmeric, ginger and a hit of cayenne pepper.

Courtesy of Natalie Jacob, The Archer, Jersey City, New Jersey

At The Archer, in Jersey City, New Jersey, this bright-hued drink takes its cues from the spice cabinet. It incorporates turmeric, a root usually ground into a yellow-orange powder that’s popular in South Asian cooking, and has been making headlines in recent days as studies promoting its health benefits have been circulating. The addition of ginger and cayenne results in a cocktail with plenty of bold color and flavor.

Ingredients
  • 2 ounces Avuá Oak Cachaça
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • ⅜ ounce honey-turmeric syrup (see below)
  • ⅜ ounce ginger syrup, like Ginger People ginger syrup
  • Lemon wheel, for garnish
  • Cayenne pepper, for garnish
Directions

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all ingredients except garnishes. Shake well, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon wheel and dusting of cayenne pepper.

Honey-Turmeric Syrup Ingredients
  • 2 cups honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
Honey-Turmeric Syrup Directions

Combine honey and water in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until the ingredients incorporate, about 3–5 minutes. Add turmeric and stir until dissolved.

Published on September 24, 2016
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Shake.Stir.Sip.: 40 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts (Chronicle Books, 2016) as well as ROAD SODA: Recipes and techniques for making great cocktails, anywhere (Dovetail Press, 2017). Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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