Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Scotch Cocktails

A Boy Named Sue

a boy named sue cocktail


“The idea behind using turmeric in this cocktail was to add some brightness to what could be a heavy drink,” says Randy White, the head bartender at Pittsburgh’s Acorn. “The turmeric also adds a hint of smokiness, which I really love. It's kind of like a Golden Milk [turmeric tea] for adults—a Ramos Gin Fizz with turmeric and a hint of smoke.


  • 1 ounce Johnnie Walker Black Label blended scotch
  • 1/2 ounce The Famous Grouse The Black Grouse blended scotch
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 ounce turmeric simple syrup*
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 ounce heavy cream
  • 3 ounces soda water, to top
  • Garnish: sumac powder


  1. Add all ingredients except the soda water into a shaker and vigorously dry-shake (without ice).

  2. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.

  3. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.

  4. Top with soda water.

  5. Garnish with a dusting of sumac powder.

*Turmeric simple syrup: In a blender, add 1 1/4 cups water and 4 ounces fresh turmeric root. Blend on high for 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then add 1/2 cup sugar. Cook for 5 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth. Will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to two weeks.