(glassware from West Elm)
This is my favorite drink right now.
I first had it at Craft and Commerce, a local Bar and Eatery that makes the best cocktails in San Diego….no contest. I simply asked for a bourbon-based cocktail using ginger and this drink is what I got. Yes, they are that good at C&C that you can have them make drinks to your taste. After a little Google search, I discovered it was an old-time cocktail that’s been around for a loooong time. Pretty cool. I quickly made it, adding my own touch.
I love ginger so very much. I have served this to many people who don’t prefer bourbon and they still seem to love it. The ginger beer really mellows the bourbon but doesn’t crush it, which I love. For my friends who do not like sweet drinks (*waving* Hi, Joanna!), trying adding a bit of lemon juice or use half ginger beer and half club soda.
I think this is a perfectly wonderful drink to bring in the new year with or to have any day, for that matter!
2 ounces of Bourbon
4-6 ounces of ginger beer
4 dashes of bitters, like Angostura
candied ginger, for garnish
Fill a highball glass with ice, then add the bourbon. Fill the glass almost to the top with the ginger beer and add a few dashes of bitters to the top. Stir and serve!
Do you have any big party plans?