Virgil Kaine’s Turmeric Whiskey Sour Puts a Healthy Twist on a Classic.

Traditionally seen in Asian cooking, Turmeric has made its way across the kitchen and behind the bar. While this vibrant orange-yellow spice is best known for its medicinal properties as an anti-inflammatory and a strong antioxidant, bartenders and spirit companies have begun to take notice. The bold color and pungent, bitter flavor that it adds to a cocktail is unmatched, making it a particularly interesting way to add a twist to your favorite classic cocktail. And though drinking liquor may not be intrinsically healthy, incorporating a little turmeric into our happy hour cocktails certainly eases some of our guilt.

Virgil Kaine's Turmeric Whiskey Sour, cocktail

Virgil Kaine’s Turmeric Whiskey Sour

Turmeric Whiskey Sour

Courtesy of Virgil Kaine’s Lowcountry Whiskey


  • 2 oz. Virgil Kaine Robber Baron Rye Whiskey
  • 2 oz. Turmeric Sour Mix*

Preparation: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into your glass of choice on the rocks.

*Turmeric Sour Mix


  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 inch Piece of Turmeric
  • 1/4 cup Pineapple
  • 5 splashes of Acid Phosphate
  • 3/4 oz. Arabic Gum Syrup

Preparation: Blend all ingredients until smooth and strain through mesh.