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Daikon Radish Gimlet

Color-Changing Daikon Radish Gimlet

 Recipe courtesy Domi Robert, bar manager, Sujeo, Madison, WI 

Daikon radish, celebrated by some for its antioxidant properties, has another, highly unusual characteristic: it turns water a purplish-blue color. The hue is intensified when sugar and heat are added to make a daikon simple syrup. Then, lime juice is introduced to this drink to induce a shocking mood-ring effect, quickly morphing from blue to bright pink.


2 ounces gin
¾ ounce of purple daikon simple syrup (see below)
¾ ounce lime juice

Daikon Simple Syrup Ingredients

Ice water
Purple daikon radishes (not white)
½ cup sugar


In a cocktail shaker, combine gin and daikon simple syrup and fill with ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Slowly pour lime juice into the coupe, which will cause the bright blue cocktail to turn light pink.

Daikon Radish Gimlet

Daikon Simple Syrup Directions

Infuse purple daikon radishes in ice water by soaking overnight, or up to 24 hours. The water will become very light purple. Strain and reserve the ice water.

Pour 2 cups of the infused water into a saucepan. Simmer 15-20 minutes until the water reduces to about ½ cup and its color turns deep blue,

Measure ½ cup of the infused water, and discard any remaining water. Add ½ cup sugar into saucepan with the water, and stir until it dissolves.

Remove from heat. Transfer into a airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

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