Drink recipe: River Tam

Remember our cocktail buddy Dr. By Day? We connected through the serendipity of the blogosphere when he was looking for a recipe for habanero syrup, and found it here

I am so excited to share the news that Christopher Day, a UCLA chemist and talented cocktailian, recently won the TOMA Tequila Championship with his amped-up version of the habanero syrup.  (“I used a lot more habanero,” he admits. “I’m a masochist.”) His recipe will be featured on the menu at Ortega 120.

Here’s Dr. By Day’s award-winning recipe. Congratulations, Doc!

photo credit: Joshua Lurie

River Tam

By Christopher Day
-1 1/2 oz tequila (blanco is fine, but anjeo would probably be better)
-Juice from 1/2 lime (about 3/4 oz)
-1/2 oz habañero simple syrup*
-3 small slices fresh ginger root
-club soda
Pulverize 2 slices of ginger in habañero simple syrup*, followed by adding spirit and squeezing in the lime. Add ice and shake. Pour into a low ball glass filled with ice (with strainer if you don’t want to chew on bits of ginger…which I tend to like) and top it off with club soda and give it a quick stir. If you want, you can garnish with a wheel of lime, but – in all honesty – I only did it for show…the drink stands on i’s own!
*(1 cup water to 1 cup sugar; 4 fresh habanero peppers, stemmed and sliced in half)

One thought on “Drink recipe: River Tam

  1. Habaneros??? I can’t even imagine. I used half a habanero once in a vat of chili and I was the only one that could eat it.

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