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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."

This recipe originally appeared as part of “13 Healthy Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”


  • 1 oz Fords gin
  • 1 oz Sake
  • 1 oz Coconut water
  • 1/4 oz Fresh turmeric juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz Eastern medicine syrup*
  • Garnish: Mint sprig
  • Garnish: Lime zest


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

  2. Top with more crushed ice.

  3. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime zest.

  4. *Eastern medicine syrup: Stir together 1 qt water, 1 qt 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 store in the refrigerator. Makes 1 qt.