Old Sister Tamarind

Ivy Mix and Alisha Neverson, Leyenda | Brooklyn

Though a traditional Old-Fashioned is made with whiskey, “you can put in a little something else,” says Leyenda proprietor Ivy Mix. At her bar, which spotlights the spirits and cultures of the Caribbean and Latin America, the “something else” can mean a measure of Jamaican rum. In this variation, jam made with tamarind—a sweet-sour fruit frequently used to sweeten drinks and food in Mexico—plays against the mild acidity of verjus, the pressed juice of unripened grapes.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ½ ounces Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
  • ½ ounce Jamaican rum, preferably Appleton Reserve
  • 1 teaspoon verjus, preferably Wolffer
  • 1 teaspoon Tam Jam (see Editor's Note)
  • 2 drops 20% saline solution (10:2, water:salt)
  • 5 drops Bittermens celery shrub

Garnish: Grapefruit twist

  1. Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Pour into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.
  3. Garnish with grapefruit twist.
Editor's Note

Tam Jam
Blend together 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar, 1/2 cup sour tamarind and 4 ounces water until smooth. Bottle and refrigerate.