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Always Sunny

bright-orange always Sunny cocktail in a coupe glass
Image: Virginia Miller

Turmeric is an earthy and bitter spice best known for its vibrant color and its use in Asian and South Asian cooking, as well as in drinks like Golden Milk Tea. But enterprising barkeeps are increasingly enlisting its services in cocktails, taking advantage of its yellow-orange hue and trademark flavor.

Aida Ramirez, a former bartender at Decca in Louisville, Kentucky, crafted the Always Sunny, a summery, low-proof cocktail. Its base of ginger liqueur is accented by pisco, fresh lemon juice and turmeric simple syrup and finished with a splash of crisp prosecco.

The King’s ginger liqueur is 82 proof, so this isn’t a low-ABV drink. It’s made with macerated ginger root and lemon oil, giving the liqueur a bright citrusy note that complements the ginger’s spicy bite. That liqueur merges deftly with a small measure of dry and fruity Peruvian pisco. The fresh lemon juice adds balance, while the turmeric-laced simple syrup—which is easy to make at home on the stove—brings earthy sweetness.

Shake everything together with ice, strain it into your glass and top with prosecco, which lengthens the drink, smoothing out the strong flavors with its elegant effervescence. Now you’re ready to bask in the warmth of this brightly colored cocktail.


  • 1 1/2 ounces The King’s ginger liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce BarSol Puro Quebranta pisco

  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 ounce turmeric simple syrup*

  • Prosecco, chilled, to top


  1. Add the ginger liqueur, pisco, lemon juice and turmeric simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

  3. Top with the chilled prosecco.

*Turmeric simple syrup: Bring 1 tbsp ground turmeric, 1/3 cup freshly peeled and chopped turmeric, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Use a cheesecloth, strain the grounds out of the syrup. The syrup will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to 1 month.