• December 4, 2018

    Sparkling Ginger Cocktail

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    A bubbly bourbon cocktail recipe with a simple-to-make spicy ginger syrup. It’s the perfect blend of spicy, sour, sweet and bubbly.

    Sparkling Ginger Cocktail

    A love of ginger cocktail recipes.

    Ever since my first Dark n’ Stormy, I’ve been totally smitten with ginger cocktails. The sweet spiciness is totally delicious served ice cold with something boozy.

    This one pairs ginger with lemon and sparkling water for a bubbly, refreshing cocktail. Frozen cranberries are a pretty festive touch. In the summer, frozen peaches would be perfect.

    A thin slice of ginger (cut it on a mandoline) is a beautiful touch, but a wedge or two of lemon is an easy garnish, too.

    A balanced cocktail.

    The perfect cocktail recipe hits all the right notes – you need the right balance of sweet, sour, boozy, and flavourful.

    I love that in a ginger cocktail there’s a note of spicy layered into the sweet and sour.

    Make the ginger syrup.

    If making homemade ginger syrup deters you, give me one sec to convince you. Because if you can stir sugar into water and press start on the microwave, you’ve got this.

    We’re making (aptly-named) simple syrup and simply infusing it with ginger, the way you’d steep tea. All we’re shooting for with the “cooking” part is making the sugar melt into the water. Let the hot syrup stand with fresh ginger stirred in until the syrup takes deliciously kicky.

    You can give it a quick ten minutes if you’re in a hurry to get your cocktail on, but if you’ve got an hour, you’ll be rewarded with a more flavourful drink.

    Which booze should I choose?

    I used bourbon because I luuuurve bourbon, but you could swap in vodka or even rum.

    Stir liquor, ginger syrup and lemon juice together in a glass. Add a handful of ice and top with a splash of sparkling water. I used Montellier because it’s Canadian and so am I, and chose the one with natural lemon essence for more lemon flavour. (They sponsored a post on Instagram but I really wanted to share the recipe with you here organically!)

    Ginger Cocktail

    Sparkling Ginger Cocktail

    A bubbly bourbon cocktail recipe with a simple-to-make spicy ginger syrup. It's the perfect blend of spicy, sour, sweet and bubbly. 
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 2 minutes
    Total Time: 7 minutes
    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: ginger cocktail
    Servings: 1
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


    For ginger syrup:

    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 2 oz fresh ginger peeled and sliced thinly

    For each cocktail:

    • 2 oz bourbon
    • 1 oz ginger syrup
    • 1 oz freshly-squeezed lemon juice
    • Sparkling water I used Montellier lemon sparkling water


    To make ginger syrup:

    • Combine all three ingredients in a large microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, or until sugar dissolves completely with a quick stir. Let stand at room temperature one hour.

    To make a cocktail:

    • Stir bourbon, ginger syrup and lemon juice together in a glass. Add a handful of ice and top with a splash of sparkling water.
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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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    I’m making this for a group of my besties coming over tomorrow. What’s a good bourbon?


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