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2015 Best Cocktails in America: Root Chakra

2015 Best Cocktails in America: Root Chakra

Not only has America’s love for cocktails grown tremendously in recent years, so has the skill of those who prepare them. Restaurant Hospitality’s editorial staff selected 16 top cocktails prepared by mixologists around the country. See all winners >>

Root Chakra cocktailCategory: Gin

Restaurant: Nourish Restaurant, Indianapolis

Creator: Amy Renee Sawyer

Inspiration: “Chakra represents a spiritual energy center in the body. The ‘root’ chakra is a play on the term that represents the energy from the ‘root’ or ground. In this case, the ground I refer to is central Indiana. We use local beets to energize this cocktail.”

Key Ingredients: Gin, red and golden beet juice, mandarin and cognac liqueurs, freshly squeezed lemon juice and grated nutmeg.

Price: $12

What the Judges Said: We editors here at RH are kind of health nuts. Once a week we do a sit-up, sometimes two. So you can imagine how thrilled we were to experience a cocktail containing beet juice. This will be about as unpleasant as walking into a gym locker room where 85-year-old Frank refuses to wrap a towel around himself, we thought. But Ms. Sawyer created a perfect counter balance to the dirt candy with the addition of two disparate liqueurs and a squeeze of acid. This cocktail drinks as beautifully as it looks. If only Frank looked half this good.

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