Feeling Without Touching

Alex Anderson, Cure | New Orleans

Unsure of how guests would react to the anise-forward profile of the Israeli arak Kafroun, Alex Anderson disguised it in the cotton-candy pink of a Paloma. Though there’s only a quarter-ounce of Kafroun in the drink, Anderson draws out some of its subtler citrus essence by expressing lemon oil directly into the cocktail tin for a layered end result. She adds this to the expected tequila and grapefruit (in this case grapefruit soda) alongside the wild-card additions of Campari and orgeat. Though she admits she wasn’t sure people would order it given its bold profile, the drink ended up being one of Cure’s best-sellers.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce blanco tequila, preferably Tequila Ocho Plata
  • 1/2 ounce Campari
  • 1/4 ounce arak, preferably Kafroun
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce orgeat
  • 1 ounce grapefruit soda, preferably Q

Garnish: lemon peel

  1. Express two lemon peels in a mixing tin and discard.
  2. Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake without ice.
  3. Pour into a Collins glass over pebble ice.
  4. Garnish with lemon twist.

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