Beatnik on the River’s best-selling cocktail is healthy-ish.
The inspiration for this cocktail came from whiskey being the second-biggest seller in bars, hence playing “second fiddle” to vodka, says Benjamin Wood, bar director at Beatnik on the River, the latest concept from Bonhomme Hospitality Group that opened in summer 2018. A riff on a whiskey sour, “the unexpected combination of pineapple, turmeric and sumac salt make the cocktail rich and exotic,” says Wood. Plus, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric adds a little health boost to this warming, approachable sipper. Drink up!
—.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
—1 oz. fresh pineapple juice
—.5 oz. turmeric syrup (to make, add 1 tsp. turmeric powder to 1 quart of simple syrup and stir to dissolve)
—1.5 oz. Wild Turkey 101 bourbon
Combine all ingredients in a Boston shaker and shake; strain over ice. Serve in a double Old-Fashioned glass rimmed with sumac salt (equal parts sumac to Maldon sea salt flakes, ground together with a mortar and pestle). Garnish with half a pineapple wheel.