Spotted Arrow

"Direction is such a versatile word in the English language. It can be simply practical for situations requiring navigation of the physical world; it can be a description for the movement of time (forward, but never backward, as far as we know from physics); or, it can be a purely mental concept pointing to the life a person wants to achieve. Regardless of the perspective, these definitions all share a common theme: a decision is required for any direction to be meaningful. Decisions are made hundreds of times per night at a bar. Bartenders are given direction to craft a myriad of concoctions for us all to imbibe upon with little-to-no room for error. As I’ve dived into the craft of cocktail-making this past month, and met many masters of it, I increasingly appreciate and admire the decisions bartenders make every moment of every night. It’s truly spectacular, and I’m fortunate so many of them have pushed me in the right direction to make my own creations. From squeezing melon juice through a cheese cloth over a fine-mesh strainer to pouring syrup just above or just below a jigger’s 1/2 oz line, each decision led to my newest drink: Spotted Arrow. It’s refreshing, and each sip is a rapid cascade through time, flavor-by-flavor, yet pure in aromatic, textural and visual composition. I hope you enjoy this libation!"
-- @keepitcrafted
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Prep time 5mins

Recipe Card


  • 2 oz Blanco Tequila (Goza Tequila)
  • 1 oz Yellow Melon Juice
  • 3/4 oz Spicy Ginger Syrup (such as Portland Syrups)
  • oz Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur of the Alps (such as haus Alpenz)
  • 3 dashes Burlesque Bitters (such as bittermens) 
  • 1 dash Saline Water


  • Step 1

    Shake above ingredients vigorously over ice and double-strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a wedge of yellow melon sprinkled with Takesumi Bamboo salt. (Tip: make a cut in the wedge and position it before pouring your nectar in the glass.)