This zero-proof cocktail features fresh ginger as well as fresh turmeric, a tuber similar to ginger with a bright orange color and exotic flavor. Both are grated and strained so that their flavors infuse the drink. You can often find fresh turmeric in the supermarket. Dried turmeric is not a good substitute here.
1 teaspoon grated fresh turmeric
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup or honey syrup
Soda or sparkling water
Round of lemon or an edible flower, for garnish
1. Peel and finely grate 1 teaspoon each of fresh turmeric and fresh ginger. A microplane grater with holes a bit larger than a zester works perfectly. Add both to a cocktail shaker. Add the pineapple juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Let the mix sit for a few minutes until the flavors combine.
2. Add ice to the shaker and shake well to additionally blend the flavors and chill. Double strain into a cocktail glass with a few ice cubes using your cocktail shaker strainer in addition to another small kitchen strainer to catch extra bits of ginger and turmeric. Top with soda water and stir with a spoon. Garnish with a lemon or an edible flower.
A simple syrup is an essential ingredient in non-alcoholic drinks like this Vineyard Sunrise and this Pomtini.
Simple syrup: Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve. Let cool. Add flavors if desired. Store in a mason jar; the syrup will keep for weeks in the fridge.
Raw honey syrup: Combine 1/2 cup of raw honey and 1/2 cup water in a small bowl or mason jar. Mix with a whisk until combined. Raw honey from the Island Bee Co. (islandbeecompanymv.com) is a good choice because it has a liquid consistency and is more easily combined, plus its mild flavor won’t overwhelm any drink to which it is added. Store in a mason jar in the fridge.