For anyone who thinks they don’t like cocktails because they are too sweet, this is for you. Sumac—the dark red spice with a sharp astringent kick—is one that we love to sprinkle over food. It has a musty, lemony flavor that, as Lukasz Rafacz discovered when creating this drink, works just as well in a cocktail.
2 ounces sumac-infused Ketel One vodka (See Editor's Note)
1 3/4 ounce lime juice
1 1/4 ounce pomegranate juice
Garnish: a pinch of sumac
Place all the ingredients in a shaker with some cubed ice.
Shake really hard for 10 to 15 seconds, then double-strain (through a Hawthorne strainer and then a fine-mesh sieve) into two chilled martini glasses.
Serve at once, with a sprinkle of sumac on top.
Sumac-infused Ketel One vodka:
1 bottle Ketel One vodka
3 tbsp sumac
To make the infused vodka, place the sumac in a large glass or china bowl and pour over the vodka. Cover and set aside for 2 hours, stirring from time to time, then strain back into the bottle through a fine-mesh or muslin-lined sieve.