The dining concept at SaltRock Southwest Kitchen, in Sedona, Ariz.’s Amara resort and spa, rotates cocktails seasonally, moving from fruit-forward ones in the warmer months to rich, decadent, bittersweet sips as the temperature dips. Lead bartender Eduardo “Eddy” Rocha uses a Robot Coupe juicer for this peeper-friendly drink, which starts with pressed carrot-ginger juice that’s shaken with bourbon, Fernet-Branca and lemon juice and garnished with rosemary or thyme. “Nature has made a perfect cocktail in most fruit, so you only need to extract that essence and allow the drink to balance itself,” he says. “For example, a shot of bourbon and a freshly juiced apple is a favorite of mine—so simple yet so complete.”
- 1 3/4 oz Bourbon
- 1/4 oz Fernet-Branca
- 1 1/4 oz Fresh carrot-ginger juice*
- 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
- Garnish: Rosemary or thyme sprig
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Double-strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.
Garnish with rosemary or thyme sprig.
*Carrot ginger juice: Combine fresh-pressed carrot and ginger juice in a 5:1 ratio of carrot to ginger. Add sugar to taste.