After the Bellwether

Recipe by J.A. Harrison


  • 1.5 oz. Wódka Vodka
  • 0.25 oz. Harleston Green Scotch
  • 0.75 oz. Ransom Dry Vermouth
  • 1.5 oz. Citrified Beet Juice*
  • 1 oz. Salinated Galangal Syrup**

Preparation: In the bottom of a mixing tin, add a pinch of fresh tarragon and two cracks of black pepper. Build liquid ingredients in tin, ice, and shake vigourously. Double strain into a rocks tumbler over carved ice and garnish.

*Citrified Beet Juice

Juice fresh beets through a centrifugal juicer. Combine at a ratio of 3 parts beet juice with 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts yuzu juice. Keeps fresh in refrigeration 4-5 days.

**Salinated Galangal Syrup

Juice fresh galangal root through a centrifugal juicer. Make an electrolyte solution by combining 32.0 oz. hot water with 0.5 tsp. pink Himalayan salt, 2.5 tbsp. organic cane sugar, and 1.0 tsp unflavoured gelatin powder. Once prepared, combine syrup at a ratio of 2 parts galangal root juice to 1 part electrolyte solution with 3 parts organic cane sugar. Blend until well-combined. Keeps fresh in refrigeration for 30 days.

Garnish: Bouquet of fresh tarragon and a shard of ginger dark chocolate.

Glassware: La Rochere Dragonfly-etched Rocks Tumbler

Cocktail Inspiration:

Nectaly Mendoza, Giuseppe Gonzalez, a few others, were the bellwether: the bell-wearing lead sheep that sounded the alarm–the ones who turned to sobriety in the causatum of bodily unsustainability of the industry. In the wake of their high-profile decisions, what comes after the bellwether? This cocktail is committed to exploring what wellness looks like in the drinks world: what is the answer to self-care for the future of cocktails? Beets are a powerhouse of manganese and iron-rich nutrients that promote brain health; tarragon an oxidative stress reliever that improves insulin sensitivity and helps regulate a healthy sleep cycle. Galangal root acts as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent while pink Himalayan salt provides mineral-dense electrolytes and vitamin-C leading yuzu juice and lemon promote healthy skin and improve digestive health.

Ginger is an anti-nausea aid which helps lower blood-pressure and cholesterol; dark chocolate a fibre-dense amalgam of iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, working to reduce risk of heart disease. Combining these with a feature spirit of the finest Polish rye vodka twice-charcoal-filtered to remove any contaminates or impurities helps ensure that After the Bellwether takes every ingredient into concern when it comes to personal wellness. The organically-farmed grape varietals that make up the base wine for Ransom’s dry vermouth provides one of the cleanest drying agents of its class, and a touch of Harleston Green Scotch packs a lot of flavour in a small package, selected from the finest Scottish grains. My hope is that After the Bellwether and other cocktails of its like, as we move through a new era of consumerism, help customers make a well-informed decision about what ingredients they are ingesting and what is best for their longevity and sense of wellness both mental and physical.