Dave Arnold’s turmeric gin sour.

Turmeric Gin Sour
Turmeric Gin Sour

Well, I have good news and I have bad news: we’re less than a month away from the first day of winter. For some, that may be great news, especially for my skiing enthusiast friends, but for most of this this is simply a harbinger of gloom, doom, and darkness. (OK, I may be a bit dramatic in saying that, but STILL.) A few weeks ago when I realized that I had exactly one more night to get in a good daylight photo after 5PM before Daylight Savings ended, I decided that I couldn’t go without taking a photo of one of my favorite autumnal cocktails, and one to consider for your celebrations over this holiday weekend: the turmeric gin sour.

The turmeric gin is another rapid infusion recipe from the mind of Dave Arnold, and it might be my favorite to date because not only does the turmeric give the gin that gorgeous golden color, but it also helps take an otherwise summery spirit and gives it a much more autumnal flavor profile. Everything is well-balanced in here: orange bitters, a pinch of salt, lime juice, and a splash of simple syrup all combine harmoniously on the tongue. Turmeric has been making the rounds quite a bit these days as a star ingredient, so here’s a way for you to jump in on the trend. (Just be careful about stains. Turmeric stains EVERYTHING if you don’t wash it off quickly enough.)

I’ll be making these for the in-laws come tomorrow for Thanksgiving, and I would urge you all to do the same. I hope you have a fantastic holiday and that the election doesn’t feature into every single one of your conversations over the next few days!

Turmeric Gin Sour

Adapted with all apologies from Dave Arnold via Liquid Intelligence and iSi’s recipe site

Makes one cocktail

  • 2 oz turmeric gin (recipe below)
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • A few dashes of orange bitters

Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake well until the shaker is cold, and then strain into a cocktail glass or coupe and serve immediately

Turmeric Gin

From Dave Arnold

375 ml (12.7 oz) of your preferred gin (don’t go crazy expensive, but don’t go with the well options either)
75 g fresh turmeric sliced into thin slices

Combine the gin and the turmeric into a pint-size iSi whipper, screw on one charger and shake, and then vent until fully discharged. Screw on a second charger and then let rest for two minutes before venting–this tends to make a more balanced product per Arnold, and is worth using the two chargers. A little gin will come out in the first venting, but likely won’t in the second based on my experience.

Once rested and vented, strain into a glass container until ready to use.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Buder Shapiro says:

    Hi there – is it necessary to vent after the first charge? I’ve seen this recipe from other sources which do not do this. I would love to hear your thoughts. I’m still trying to discover how venting/shaking and all that stuff affects the whole process.

    1. elizabeth says:

      This is a great question–I checked Liquid Intelligence and he doesn’t have you vent, but in the recipe book/user guide that comes with the iSi infusion kit they do tell you to vent. Which isn’t terribly helpful, I know–but I guess I’m erring on what iSi says since it is their product.

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