Carrot or the Stick

This punchy mescal drink is like a garden in cocktail form
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You'll find expertly crafted drinks at George Washington Bar in New York City's Freehand Hotel, where head bartender Tristan Brunel is to thank for both classic cocktails and house creations like this earthy mescal number. "It is my interpretation of a lively garden," Brunel says, which accounts for the carrot shrub, ginger syrup, thyme liqueur and sprig of rosemary in the ingredient list.

Carrot or the Stick

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


For the Carrot Shrub:

1 large carrot

¾ cup white sugar

¾ cup apple cider vinegar

2 pieces cardamom

For the Cocktail:

2 ounces mescal

1 ounce carrot shrub

¾ ounce ginger syrup

½ ounce lime juice

4 dashes Bigallet thyme liqueur

Pinch of salt

Sprig of rosemary

Sprig of mint

Ginger beer, to top


1. Make the shrub: Combine all all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until liquified. Set aside

2. Combine all ingredients except for the rosemary, mint and ginger beer in a shaker and shake hard. Double strain into a Collins glass with ice and top with ginger beer.

3. Garnish with rosemary and mint to serve.

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