/This cocktail inspired by Chinese medicine is infused with pain-relieving herbs

This cocktail inspired by Chinese medicine is infused with pain-relieving herbs

Is it possible to reap the health benefits of herbs…from a cocktail? While not all experts would agree, Ian Fletcher, beverage director at Tiger Fork in Washington, D.C., argues that it is. “Alcohol, especially Chartreuse, Benedictine, and Amaro, has been used as a vessel for medicine for ages,” he says.

At Tiger Fork, Fletcher works with a Chinese medicine specialist to dream up concoctions that include ingredients purporting to soothe anxietyboost your immune system, and more. His latest creation, the Eccedentesiast (which means “one who smiles to hide suffering”), uses pain-relieving herbs like hong hua (aka, safflower, which promotes blood circulation), Chinese licorice (to detoxify), poppy leaf and devil’s claw (for pain relief), and St. John’s wort (to fight inflammation and depression).

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These herbs get infused into whiskey and are then combined with Giffard Abricot Du Roussillon, club soda, and lemon. The result: What Fletcher calls an “herbal aspirin” that’s “light and refreshing but still in our wheelhouse of weird and funky.” The jury’s out on whether or not it’ll actually cure a headache (and if you drink too many, it’ll surely *cause* one) but either way, it’s the perfect sip for spring and summer.

Tiger Fork, 922 N Street (Rear) NW, Blagden Alley, Washington DC 20001 Ph: 202-733-1152

The Eccedentesiast

Servings1 person

Prep Time5 minutes


For The Eccedentesiast


Rye Infusion(see recipe below)


Giffard Abricot


fresh squeezed lemon juice

For the rye infusion (makes 32 servings)


Jujube(split, not seeded)


Chinese Licorice Root(slices)


Poppy Leaf

45 g

St John’s Wort


Devil’s Claw(cut and sifted)


Hong Hua


rye whiskey?


Add all herbs to a two liter mason jar. Fill with the rye whiskey. Store at room temperature for at least two days and at most, seven days.

Strain the herbs out of the whiskey, making sure all solids are removed. Rye infusion can be stored at room temperature indefinitely.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine Rye infusion, Giffard Abricot, and lemon juice. Shake.

Pour over ice into a twelve ounce glass (such as a high ball glass). Top off with soda water and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Recipe Notes

For more healthy cocktail ideas, check out this surprising twist on a bloody Mary and this low-sugar floral cocktail

Read more: wellandgood.com