Beet It

Yield: 1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 beets, finely chopped
  • ~¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce ginger liqueur
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced, to garnish


To make the beet juice simple syrup:
  • Clean and peel the beets, and chop them finely.
  • Combine the beets and 1 cup of water in a blender or food processor. Pulse until well-combined.
  • Using a cheesecloth and fine mesh strainer, extract the solids from the beet juice.
  • In a Mason jar or other sealable vessel, combine the beet juice with equal parts granulated sugar. Seal, shake to combine, and set aside.

To make the cocktail:
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the bourbon, beet simple syrup, ginger liqueur, cayenne pepper, and lime juice. Cover and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  • Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a slice of the red bell pepper. Serve immediately.