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beet-on cocktail
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Ruben Hernandez, the head bartender at New York City’s Miss Ada, was inspired to create a salad stand-in that stems from the Mediterranean tradition of mixing arak with water, mint and citrus over ice. Beets provided the perfect base—not to mention a gorgeous, intense color—and purple, pink and even rainbow ones work equally well. To add savory tanginess, feel free to garnish with a sprinkle of goat cheese.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Cocktails to Make for Thanksgiving.”


  • 1 1/2 ounces arak
  • 1 ounce beet juice
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 4 mint leaves
  • Garnish: mint sprig
  • Garnish: crumbled goat cheese (optional)


  1. Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

  3. Garnish with a mint sprig and crumbled goat cheese (optional).