Cocktail Recipe: Turmeric Tequila Smash = Summer In A Glass

A little bit savoury, a little bit sweet — this chilled and delicious tequila-based cocktail is summer in a glass.

TequilaSmashRecipeLongdrink glasses by Nachtmann, available at Penna & Co. ($40/set) Photograph by Jeffrey Bosdet. 

How to Make a Turmeric Tequila Smash


• 1 four-inch piece unpeeled turmeric root, chopped

• 3 slices cucumber

• Small handful cilantro, or to taste

• 1.5 oz tequila blanco

• 1.5 oz turmeric cordial (recipe below)

• Club soda

• Turmeric cordial (recipe below; makes a large batch)


Muddle turmeric root, cucumber and cilantro. Add tequila and cordial, then shake and pour into a highball glass. Top with club soda.


Turmeric Cordial

• 1 cup white sugar

• 1/4 cup hot water

• 50 grams chopped, peeled turmeric

• 1 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Steep hot water, sugar and turmeric for 24 hours. Strain, then add lime juice.

This article from the July/August 2018 issue of YAM.