Witches’ Coffee House

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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

Bitter, Sour


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


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