Now That’s a Good AF Cocktail – Curious Elixirs

Now That’s a Good AF Cocktail

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We’ll admit, at Curious we love a good competition, and we’ll proudly pit our elixirs against any other AF beverages.

So we couldn’t pass up the chance to go toe-to-toe with other booze-free drinks in a cocktail competition as part of The Good AF Awards in NYC. During this contest, five of the city’s best bars created custom cocktails, and we were paired with the one and only Death & Co.

They whipped up a remarkable cocktail using our first and only spirit: the beautiful black and blue amaro known as Curious No 8. And guess what? We won the Crowd Favorite Award!

Check out their creative and delicious No. 8 cocktail recipe below.

In addition to this custom cocktail, we also served No. 8 at the event with spoonfuls of chocolate gelato—our take on an affogato. This recipe is so easy to recreate at home, and we HIGHLY recommend you try it. It’s a certified crowd pleaser!

Curious about No. 8? Here are some more details about our latest Elixir:

RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIKE: If you love rich amaro, port, aperitifs, or digestifs, this is the Elixir for you.  

FLAVORS: It’s bold and luxurious, thanks to an intriguing combo of organic blackberry, blueberry, and fig, with an added layer of richness from blackstrap molasses. 

MAGIC MUSHROOMS: It includes a powerful trio of body-boosting adaptogenic mushrooms—reishi, chaga, and lion's mane.

Curious No. 8 is a delightful spirit with a full six servings per bottle--so we recommend sharing it with all your favorite people. It’s also a limited-edition elixir, so buy it while supplies last!

Cheers to all you discerning sippers out there!

A photo of a bottle of Curious Number 8 being poured into small paper cups. The beverage is a rich purple color, and pamphlets about Curious Elixirs, also purple, are on the table in the background.


To create the N.A.R.F. (Non Alcoholic Restorative Fizz), you will need:

  • 2.5 oz Turmeric Yuzu Tea (see below)
  • 0.25 oz Curious Elixir No. 8
  • 0.25 oz Vanilla Cumin Demerara Syrup (see below)
  • 2 oz Soda Water

Build all ingredients in a highball glass with ice. Stir until glass has a chill to it. Top with soda. Garnish with an orange twist.

Turmeric Yuzu Tea:

Boil 750 ml Water. Steep 10 g Turmeric Yuzu Tea for 5-10 min
Vanilla Cumin Demerara Syrup:

  • 200 g Demerara Sugar
  • 100 g Water
  • 2 g Vanilla Extract
  • 2 g Toasted Cumin Seeds

Toast cumin seeds in a pan over medium-low heat for 5-10 min. Simmer water and sugar until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and cumin. Let cool to room temperature. Strain out solids and put in an ice bath to cool.

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