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4 Golden Hued Gin And Turmeric Cocktails You'll Love

By: Shireen Jamooji

turmeric cocktails

Turmeric is one of the most common kitchen spices, especially among South Asian households and there are plenty of ways that this yellow spice is incorporated into dishes and sometimes even desserts. But there’s a whole new world to explore when it comes to using turmeric in cocktails as well. 

Turmeric is often valued for its health benefits and the active component, curcumin is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. While the addition of turmeric may not make a cocktail inherently healthy, it does give it a slight advantage. It has a mild but distinctive flavour that evokes an earthiness that pairs well with spirits and other herbs and spices. 

How To Incorporate Turmeric In A Cocktail

The most straightforward way to get the most out of turmeric in your drink is to add the powdered spice to your cocktail mix before you shake or stir the ingredients together and then strain it well before drinking. But some people may not like the heady flavour of raw turmeric so for a milder, more subtle approach, you can infuse some sugar syrup with fresh or powdered turmeric and then use that to craft your cocktails instead. 

turmeric gin sour cocktail

Turmeric Gin Sour

Offset the earthy flavours of turmeric with the brightness of citrus. This cocktail accentuates the botanical notes of gin, cranking up the juniper notes and harmonising with the warmth of turmeric. The addition of fresh lemon juice brings a citrusy zing that balances the richness of turmeric, resulting in a smooth and refreshing sip. Whether enjoyed as an aperitif or a nightcap, this cocktail promises a medley of nuanced flavours.

turmeric gin and ginger cocktail

Turmeric Gin and Ginger

Turmeric and ginger already play nicely together in the kitchen, and they do just as well in a glass. This intriguing combination pairs the crispness of gin with the fiery kick of ginger, while turmeric adds a warm and grounding element to the mix. The result is a cocktail that stimulates the senses, and pairs with the smooth complexity of gin, leaving a lingering warmth that satisfies the most discerning palate.

turmeric cocktail

Turmeric G&T

The Turmeric G&T reinvents the classic Gin and Tonic with a touch of yellow-hued allure. This cocktail introduces the warm and aromatic essence of turmeric to the familiar pairing of gin and tonic water. The result is a refreshing and invigorating drink that combines the botanical notes of gin with the earthy undertones of turmeric, creating a G&T with a distinctive twist. For best results pick a botanical forward gin like Tanqueray No. Ten to elevate the flavour experience.

turmeric martini

Turmeric Twist Martini

Amp up your turmeric cocktail journey with a Turmeric Twist Martini. This sophisticated cocktail combines the sharpness of gin with the warmth of turmeric, creating a delightful balance that is both refreshing and subtly spiced. It may not be the way Bond takes his martini, but it does offer the perfect choice for those who appreciate a classic martini with a contemporary, aromatic twist.