If you haven’t tried Art in the Age‘s amazing liquor Root, you are missing out, and I can’t urge you strongly enough to go out and track a bottle down. It’s such a wonderfully complex spirit, and stands apart from other similar spirits, like Blackmaker. Firstly, it’s a legitimate spirit instead of a liqueur, weighing in at 80 proof. Secondly, it’s not trying to taste like root beer, though it does in part. It also tastes of birch, sassafras, and sarsaparilla, with hints of mint and anise as well. When I first discovered Root, I kept trying to make a drink with it that tasted like root beer, and kept failing, time and time again. It wasn’t until I stopped and thought, while sipping on one such failed experiment, that I was going about it wrong. Why keep trying to make the spirit taste like something else, when I could just play on all of the amazing flavors it contained?
This is my latest attempt at doing just that, and I’m terribly pleased. Its strongest resemblance to one of the members of the root tea / beer family, is sarsaparilla, though just like the base spirit, it’s got a lot more going on. It’s refreshing, with a bit of a bite, and I think I may have found a new warm weather staple.
Without further ado, here’s the recipe:
- 2 parts Root
- 1 part honey simple syrup
- 3/4 parts Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur*
- A splash of crème de menthe blanc (roughly 1/8 of a part)
- 6 healthy dashes of Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters
All ingredients get combined in a collins glass filled completely with ice, and then topped with club soda. Stir gently until you start to get a good sheen of condensation on the glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
*Note: Canton is a very mild, sweet ginger liqueur, and is one of two ginger liqueurs that I typically keep on hand. Often times, I used Stirring’s ginger, which is much more biting and spicy, and about a third of the price. This drink needs the subtly of Canton, whereas Stirrings ginger, or something like the King’s Ginger (an excellent higher proof ginger liqueur that also carries a strong citrus note) would overpower and unbalance the flavors here.