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Federal Ave. Swizzle

federal ave. swizzle cocktail

 The Source

Bartender McLain Hedges created this cocktail at RiNo Yacht Club in The Source hotel to celebrate the city's ethnic diversity. The clean, well-balanced cocktail comes off as both familiar and unusual, and, as Hedges says, "It's a cocktail that feels good to drink."


  • 1 ounce Fords gin
  • 1 ounce sake
  • 1 ounce coconut water
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 ounce turmeric juice
  • 3/4 ounce spiced syrup*
  • Garnish: mint sprig
  • Garnish: lime twist


  1. Add all ingredients into a highball glass, fill the glass halfway with crushed ice, and swizzle for 10 seconds.

  2. Top with more crushed ice.

  3. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime twist.

*Spiced syrup: Stir together 1 quart of water, 1 quart of sugar, 1 chopped 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, 2 makrut lime leaves, 1 tsp rosewater, 10 Korean chili threads, 6 cracked cardamom pods, 2 cracked lemongrass stalks and 10 mint leaves in a pot over medium heat, bring to a simmer, and steep for 1 hour. Chill the syrup, then strain through a cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids. Will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to two weeks.