By day, Rachel Meyer is a plant evolutionary biologist researching crop genomics at NYU. But, by evening and weekend, she is on a mission to get more botany into your cocktail—and she's shared an exclusive new drink recipe with Gizmodo to show how.
Infusing liquor is the secret to a lot of great cocktails. You can add rosemary to rum. You can add beef to rye whiskey. The possibilities are endless, but one thing is constant. It takes a long time. Days—even weeks—sealed in a jar.
Creating your first craft cocktail takes a lot of trial and error, a bit of science, and a dose of creativity. Today, you're going to meet The Angry Ginger, Gizmodo's first (but certainly not our last) attempt and creating an original cocktail. We think you'll like the results.
I unscrew the top of the small, clouded vial in front of me, and siphon a few drops of the smoky-smelling liquid inside into a dropper before dabbing them on my wrist. I lick, and the burning sensation strikes instantly. Just as I begin to think, "My god, what have I done?" it backs off, leaving only a subtle smolder.