What’s Cooking — Ginger Infused Cocktails

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What's Cooking — Ginger Infused Cocktails

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Ginger is a staple in my kitchen. You’ll find ginger spice and crystalized ginger in the pantry, fresh ginger in the freezer (it freezes surprisingly well!) and both Morris Kitchen ginger syrup and Barrow’s Intense ginger liqueur in the fridge. This root is unfussy in appearance but it packs a serious punch of flavor to whatever you add it to—be it food or drink. Read on for refreshing cocktails featuring the robust spiciness of ginger.

Organic Moscow Mule

What's Cooking — Ginger Infused Cocktails

Photo: Liquor.com

No list of ginger cocktails is complete without the classic Moscow Mule. First made popular in the 1950’s, this drink recipe from Liquor is usually served in it’s trademark copper mug.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of organic vodka
  • 3 ounces of ginger beer
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Slice of lime for garnish
  • Directions
    Add all the ingredients to a Moscow Mule mug or highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a lime slice.

    Tangerine Ginger Sake Sangria

    What's Cooking — Ginger Infused Cocktails

    Photo: Cookingstoned.tv

    One of my favorite things about ginger is how easy it takes drinks to the next level. This easy recipe from Cooking Stoned is great for entertaining friends.

    Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Nigori Sake
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup fresh ginger, chopped (about six inches)
  • 3 tangerines (more, for garnish)
  • ⅓ cup fresh mint (more, for garnish)
  • Directions
    Bring 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add 1/2 cup of fresh, chopped ginger. Remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Pour syrup through a fine sieve into a heat resistant container; discard ginger. Chill.

    To serve, thinly slice 3 tangerines and add them to the pitcher. Add 1/3 cup of fresh mint leaves to a glass with barely enough sake to cover and mull them. Add the mulled mint and the remaining sake to the pitcher. Add the chilled ginger syrup to the pitcher and mix well. For each glass you are going to serve the sangria in, sugar coat the rim. Just pour about 1/4 cup of granulated sugar into a shallow plate. Wipe the rim of the glass with a tangerine slice and then twist the wet rimmed glass in the sugar.

    Ginger Grapefruit Cocktail

    What's Cooking — Ginger Infused Cocktails

    Photo: Tasteseekerskitchen.com

    You’ll crave this blend of tangy grapefruit and ginger spice, trust us. Recipe from Tasteseekers Kitchen.

    Ingredients

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/4 ounce ginger liqueur (we used Domaine de Canton)
  • 2 ounces fresh-squeezed red or pink grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces cold ginger beer
  • Grapefruit wedge
  • Directions
    Fill a glass with ice. Add vodka, ginger liqueur, grapefruit juice and lime juice; stir. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

    Cucumber Ginger Mocktail

    What's Cooking — Ginger Infused Cocktails

    Photo: 40aprons.com

    Make this mocktail your afternoon refreshment. Simple, clean and sweet, this drink recipe by 40 Aprons has all the elements.

    Ingredients

  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced
  • 10 slices of fresh ginger, about ¼” thick
  • 2 cups sugar (or about 1¾ cups agave nectar)
  • 2 cups still water
  • Soda water for serving (about 5 ounces per drink)
  • Cucumber slices, for serving, optional
  • Directions
    Place sliced cucumber and ginger in a large, heat-proof bowl. bring sugar (or agave nectar) and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour over cucumber and ginger and let stand for 2 hours. Strain into a bottle and chill.

    To prepare a cocktail, stir together about 1 shot syrup (1.5 ounces) with about 3 shots water (4.5 ounces), or to taste. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

    Passionfruit Ginger Cocktail

    What's Cooking — Ginger Infused Cocktails

    Photo: Simply-delicious-food.com

    If you’ve a case of wanderlust, sipping this passionfruit cocktail is like a mini trip to Brazil. Exhilarating in taste and color, Simply Delicious Food draws inspiration from Latin America in this recipe.

    Ingredients

  • 200g sugar
  • 500ml water
  • 1 x 5cm piece of ginger sliced
  • Pulp and seeds from 10 passion fruits
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • Light rum
  • Soda water/sparkling water
  • Fresh mint
  • Lemon slices
  • Directions
    To make the syrup, bring the sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the passion fruit, ginger and the lemon juice and zest and remove from the heat. Allow to cool.

    To serve, pour a little of the syrup into a glass filled with ice then add some light rum and fill up with soda water. Add the mint and lemon and serve.

    What’s your favorite ginger infused cocktail? We want to know!

     

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