Jelani Jah Johnson’s Ginger Elixir may look and feel like a classic buck, but its robust flavors of ginger and honey call to mind hallmark flavors of holistic healing remedies. An earthy sweetness from a homemade Carrot Honey Syrup plays in harmony with a molasses-rich dark rum, while the “Fever-Tree Ginger Beer has a great spiciness to it,” says Johnson. “This cocktail comes together as warming complementary flavors are elongated by fresh ginger beer.” Johnson preaches the practice of pouring the ginger beer in your glass first, as “topping off” a drink with bubbles can result in a drink that’s separated and, in his words, “unsatisfying.”
Add the carrots, honey and water to a blender and mix on high until fully combined. Pass through a cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer into a sealable container large enough to hold the full volume of liquid. Cover with a lid, and store refrigerated for up to one month.