Here’s a new cocktail for y’all.
Bourbon and ginger beer are a refreshing mix. Spicy and warm. Yet somehow crisp.
You will need:
- 2-3 Ounces of Bourbon
- 1 Ounce of Orange Liquor
- 1 TBS Ginger Simple Syrup
- 1/4 TSP Bitters
- Chilled Ginger Beer
- Mint Sprigs/Orange Slice for Garnish
Start with the bourbon. Pour 2 to 3 ounces over a few ice cubes in a shaker. We just use a Mason jar.
Then an ounce of orange liquor. Like tripe sec or Grand Marnier.
Ever made a simple syrup?
It’s pretty…..well, simple.
Boil together 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water, (For ginger flavor I add about 1/4 cup of chopped ginger root). Stir constantly until it’s reduced by about half.
Remove the ginger and let the syrup cool.
Add 1 tablespoon of ginger syrup to the shaker.
Bitters may sound a little unusual.
By that, I mean you probably don’t have any on your bar-cart right now. But you should. Bitters adds a certain….(clears throat) bitterness to drinks.
At the turn of the century bitters were a pretty common ingredient in most cocktails and actually thought to cure many stomach-related ailments.
I found some at our local liquor store. I really wasn’t expecting to. So it should be pretty easy for y’all to find too.
Add a quarter teaspoon of bitters to the mix.
Give it all a good shake.
Pour over an ice filled glass. Also a Mason jar…….you may notice.
Top off with chilled ginger beer.
Ginger beer isn’t a beer at all. It isn’t even alcoholic. It’s really a sweet, ginger-flavored fizzy water.
We got ours at Sur La Table, but I see it’s also available at World Market.
Don’t forget to garnish with a sprig of mint and an orange slice.
It packs a punch, like most bourbon drinks do.
So be sure to enjoy it slowly.