At The Red Cat in New York City, radishes aren't just for shaving onto a salad: Bartender Michael Cecelski uses the spicy brassica to liven up a shaken gin-and-Cocchi Americano cocktail. He puts the root to work in two ways: thinly sliced as a garnish and macerated into the drink itself. Don't let the flirty pink color fool you—the radishes pack a peppery punch that will surprise you at first, but then draw you back for another sip.
Though Cecelski says the brightness of the shredded radishes is enough to let the vegetable shine, we add a touch of sugar when muddling to balance the taste for a cocktail that's simply radishing.
To learn more, read "BYO Pea."
Red KingRecipe adapted from Michael Cecelski, The Red Cat, New York City, NY
Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 5 minutes