ENTER THE DRAGON
1 cup (250 ml) thickly cut
strips of peeled ginger
2 cups (500 ml) rose syrup
½ cup (125 ml) peeled and chopped ginger
2½ cups (625 ml) warm water, divided
½ cup (125 ml) liquid honey
1¾ oz (52 ml) Sombra Mezcal
¼ oz (7 ml) Averna Amaro Siciliano
¾ oz (22 ml) lemon juice
Candied Rose Ginger, for garnish
- In a small saucepan filled halfway with water, simmer ginger strips until tender. Drain water, add rose syrup and simmer rose-syrup ginger another 10 minutes. Reserve 5 strips for garnish. In a blender, add remaining rose-syrup ginger, chopped ginger and 2 cups (500 ml) warm water. Blend for 2 minutes. Strain and discard solids and store blended rose ginger syrup in a resealable container. Mix together honey and ½ cup (125 ml) warm water until honey is dissolved. Mix in 2 cups (500 ml) blended rose-ginger syrup. Cool rose-ginger mix before using. Add remaining ingredients and 2 oz (60 ml) rose-ginger mix to a cocktail shaker, shake and double strain over ice. Garnish with Candied Rose Ginger.
- To make CANDIED ROSE GINGER: Toss reserved rose-syrup ginger pieces in sugar.