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Alternative Medicine from Sparrow

In her take on the Penicillin cocktail Devon Tarby uses ingredients commonly found in Ayurvedic medicine, zeroing in on the elements of Golden Milk: turmeric, ginger and black pepper. “These ingredients are thought to have anti-inflammatory and soothing qualities when used together, but also happen to be super tasty alongside apple brandy and Jamaican rum,” she says.


  • 1½ oz. black pepper-turmeric apple brandy
  • ½ oz. Jamaican rum
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ⅓ oz. honey
  • ⅓ oz. ginger syrup
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:Double Old Fashioned
  • Garnish:candied ginger


Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake to chill. Strain into a double Old Fashioned glass over one large ice cube and garnish.

Black Pepper-Turmeric Apple Brandy: Peel 40 grams of turmeric root, then thinly slice. Lightly crack 5 grams of black peppercorn. Combine the turmeric, black peppercorn, and 1 bottle of bonded apple brandy (Sparrow uses Laird’s) in a non-reactive container. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Strain through cheesecloth.

Ginger Syrup: Combine 1 part ginger juice to 1½ parts sugar in a blender until the sugar dissolves. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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