As we transition into fall, so do our taste buds. Even if you don't own a calendar, you know that September has rolled around because you can hear the clamoring of the crowds, hailing the fact that Starbucks has pumpkin back on the menu. But what about your cocktails? Well, if the fall weather starts to bite, we say bite it right back with ginger. Ginger root tastes amazing, is incredibly versatile in cocktails, and lends the sharp kick that you need for autumn flavor.
You like your ginger but prefer it subtle. Making a fresh homemade ginger syrup couldn't be easier and tastes fantastic with the right cocktails.
First things first. Head to your local Farmer's Market and pick up some organic ginger. One root will do, as ginger carries a big flavor. Once home, cut your ginger up into small slices or slivers. Place the ginger (measure to flavor preference) in a medium-sized pot along with one part water and one part sugar. Bring to a boil and stir until it becomes a syrup. Let cool, as the ginger flavor is still being infused. Strain out the ginger and pour your syrup into a sealable container.
Once you have your syrup, try making a Rye Sherry Amour:
1.5 oz Rye
.75 oz Dry Amontillado Sherry
.5 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
.5 oz Ginger Syrup
.5 oz Agave Nectar
Mint Sprig for Garnish
Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add rye, sherry, lime juice, ginger syrup and agave. Shake well. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with mint sprig.
There are quite a few quality ginger liqueurs on the market right now. And that, my friends, is not a bad thing. Some are fairly new to consumers, while others have been around sine 1903. With the colder months approaching, ginger liqueurs are great to have in your home bar. They are the perfect after dinner digestif, as ginger has properties to help with digestion or aid as a component to fall-flavored cocktails.
Ginger C Cocktail Recipe
2 oz Prairie Organic Vodka
.75 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
1.5 oz Fresh Juiced Carrot Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
Candied Ginger for Garnish
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with candied ginger.
No matter what the time of year, ginger beer is in season. You know it. You love it. You drink it en mass, and that is ok with us. The crisp bite of the ginger beer is complementary to the chilly winds of fall, so keep it in your home bar refrigerator. The Los Angeles favorite, Moscow Mule, is a great drink to take your ginger beer to the next level. Check out our feature on California cocktails to read more about the Moscow Mule.