Witches’ Coffee House

Matthew Kelly/Supercall

At the Crystal Tavern in New Jersey, director of spirits and mixology Carlos Ruiz uses black lime powder to color and flavor this surprisingly bright and gulpable drink. A common Middle Eastern ingredient made from dehydrated limes, black lime powder is strongly sour, earthy, smoky and slightly bitter. Combined with activated charcoal, the black lime syrup is a perfect match for acidic black coffee and smoky Highland Park Dark Origins scotch. Bubbly tonic and creamy egg whites elevate the intense ingredients.

Witches’ Coffee House

FLAVOR PROFILE
Bitter, Sour
STRENGTH

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Scotch
  • 1 oz coffee
  • .75 oz black lime syrup
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 egg white
  • tonic
  • flowers

INSTRUCTIONS

Step one

Add the whisky, coffee, lime syrup, lime juice and egg white to a shaker filled with a small amount of ice and shake vigorously so that the egg white emulsifies.

Step two

Double strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Step three

Top off with tonic and garnish with small flowers if desired.

Contributed by Carlos Ruiz