Samanthahain Recipe

Samanthahain Recipe

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

A fruity yet herbal drink developed by Ian Scalzo of Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco.

Ginger juice can be made by putting fresh ginger through a juicer, but you can also purchase a bottled version from Ginger People.

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  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:35 minutes


  • For Ginger Syrup:
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup ginger juice
  • 3 cups sugar
  • For the cocktail:
  • 1 1/2 ounces Applejack
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce ginger syrup
  • 1/4 ounce Benedictine
  • 1/2 stalk of rosemary (leaves removed) plus 1 sprig, with leaves, for garnish
  • 1 1/2 ounces sparkling wine


  1. 1.

    Make Ginger Syrup: In a saucepan, combine water, ginger juice, and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Let cool.

  2. 2.

    Make Cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add applejack, lemon juice, ginger syrup, Benedictine, and rosemary stalk. Shake 30 seconds.

  3. 3.

    Strain into a Champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with sprig of rosemary.