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Enjoy The Harmony Of Turmeric And Whisky Cocktails

By: Shireen Jamooji

turmeric whisky cocktails

When it comes to traditional spirits, whisky can get quite a bad reputation. It’s often seen as a classic drink, one with a sombre, stuffy identity that can only be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. But recently, whisky cocktails have been making a comeback and people are more creative than ever with how they enjoy their whisky.

One surprising twist is the rise of spice and herb-driven cocktails that incorporate ingredients more commonly seen in the kitchen than in the bar. Ingredients like turmeric which were previously celebrated more for their health benefits have suddenly become trendy additions to the mixologist's arsenal. 

When pairing whisky and turmeric, it’s important to consider the base notes of the whisky itself, something like Signature whisky would rise to this occasion thanks to its inherent smoky notes that pair well with the earthiness of turmeric. Whether used in its raw or powdered form or when made into a simple syrup, turmeric and whisky cocktails have the potential to be the new trend in the town.

How To Make Turmeric Syrup

What you’ll need to make a simple turmeric syrup is half a cup of water, half a cup of sugar and a teaspoon of ground turmeric. Warm these in a saucepan over low heat until it begins to simmer. Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves and then let it simmer for five more minutes before taking it off the heat. Once it cools down, strain out any excess turmeric solids and bottle it in an airtight container. This can be stored at room temperature for up to a month and in the fridge for up to 6 months.

3 Turmeric And Whisky Cocktails To Try

turmeric whisky sour

Turmeric Whisky Sour

Ingredients

  • 60ml Signature Whisky
  • 30ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 15ml Simple Syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • Ice 
  • Lemon Twist (for garnish)

Instructions

  • In a shaker, combine whisky, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and turmeric powder.
  • Add ice cubes to the shaker.
  • Shake the mixture well for about 15 seconds.
  • Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.

turmeric old fashioned

Golden Turmeric Old Fashioned

Ingredients

  • 60ml Signature Whisky
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • 2-3 dashes bitters
  • Orange Peel (for garnish)
  • Ice 

Instructions

  • In a mixing glass, muddle the sugar cube with a few drops of water.
  • Add turmeric powder to the sugar mixture.
  • Pour in the bourbon whisky and add ice cubes.
  • Stir the mixture well for about 30 seconds.
  • Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.
  • Add 2-3 dashes of bitters on top.
  • Garnish with a twist of orange peel

turmeric hot toddy

Golden Hot Toddy

Ingredients

  • 60ml Signature Whisky
  • 200ml Hot Water
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 Lemon Wheel (for garnish)

Instructions

  • In a heatproof glass or mug, combine whisky, hot water, honey, and turmeric powder.
  • Stir the mixture until the honey is dissolved.
  • Add a cinnamon stick and cloves to the glass.
  • Allow the mixture to steep for a few minutes to infuse the flavours.
  • Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel.
  • Stir again before sipping to ensure all the flavours are well combined.
     

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