Root Down

People loved this beautiful, earthy cocktail so much when it was on the menu at Cardinal Spirits that there was some begging and bribing for the recipe. Ask and you shall receive. Stella applies Ayurvedic seasonal food guidelines to her cocktails' ingredients to create balance in the body. Dandelion root is more than a bitter weed — it has been used for centuries to naturally detoxify. Cheers to your health!
By | February 03, 2017


Add all ingredients except for garnish to a shaker, then add ice. Shake well, then double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Bartenders note: To make the infused gin: Combine one bottle of Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin with two bags of dandelion root tea. Let steep for 2-3 hours, then remove tea bags.

To make the strawberry-black pepper syrup: In a saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 cup chopped strawberries and 1/4 cup ground black pepper. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain strawberries and black pepper, and allow to cool completely before using.

You can find other amazing cocktail recipes like this in Indiana Cocktail Recipes, $12.95 available at Cardinal Spirits and


  • 2 ounces Cardinal Spirits Standard Dry Gin infused with dandelion root tea (instructions below)
  • ¾ ounce strawberry-black pepper syrup (recipe below)
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon twist, for garnish
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