Ruben Hernandez, the head bartender at New York City’s Miss Ada, was inspired to create a salad stand-in that stems from the Mediterranean tradition of mixing arak with water, mint and citrus over ice. Beets provided the perfect base—not to mention a gorgeous, intense color—and purple, pink and even rainbow ones work equally well. To add savory tanginess, feel free to garnish with a sprinkle of goat cheese.

  • 1 1/2 oz Arak
  • 1 oz Beet juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup
  • 4 Mint leaves
  • Garnish: Mint sprig
  • Garnish: Crumbled goat cheese
  1. Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice, and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

  3. Garnish with 1 mint sprig and crumbled goat cheese (optional).

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