Turmeric Martini

Turmeric is all the rage right now. It’s the spice that gives curry that beautiful and bright orange-yellow color. A member of the ginger family, turmeric is used in Indian traditional medicine, which is probably why so many peddlers of woo are attracted to it. As with most anything, I had to wonder how it would be in a cocktail. Perhaps you have a burning desire to know if the “it” spice of now can be used for alcoholic purposes. I am here to tell you that yes, it can. And it is delicious.

While it won’t cure cancer like so many “totally real” doctors have said on their blogs, it gave my cocktail new, earthy depth. Add to that the juice of a Meyer lemon (truly the Mercedes of lemons) and you have blessed yourself with the cocktail of the gods or goddesses. Impress your date with this fruity yet sophisticated concoction, or drink it yourself if you find you are alone for Valentine’s Day, yet again. Keep the benefits of turmeric—like its anti-inflammatory abilities—all to yourself then. People will wonder how you have gotten less swollen, but you have the secret. Don’t tell them.


2 ounces Cold River Vodka
1 ounce Luxardo Maraschino
1 ounce freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of turmeric

Fill a shaker with ice and all the ingredients above. Shake it real good. Strain into your fanciest glass and garnish with a dehydrated lemon slice.

Jessie Lacey resides at the heart of downtown Portland with her border collie puppy Josie, making cocktails and trouble.

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