Cocktail Hour! Ginger Syrup and Bourbon

ginger syrup and bourbon cocktailA bourbon highball is a drink made from ginger ale and bourbon, usually with a twist of lemon.  This version is a little more sophisticated and much sharper, making it a perfect cocktail hour drink.  Using homemade ginger syrup instead of ginger ale gives the drink a spicy bite that can only come from fresh ginger. 

The syrup is easy to make, and will make your house smell phenomenal.  I would certainly never tell you to limit this drink to the fall season, but it’s an absolutely perfect fall drink nonetheless.  Try garnishing with a pear or apple slice to make it even more festive!

A Better Bourbon Highball
makes 1 drink

1.5 oz bourbon (1 shot)
1.5 oz soda water (1 shot)
splash of ginger syrup, to taste (recipe below)
1 lemon wedge or slice
garnish (lemon wedge, pear or apple slice)

Pour the bourbon, soda water and syrup into a rocks glass over ice.  Squeeze lemon into the glass.  Stir to combine.  Garnish with a lemon wedge, pear slice or apple slice. 

Homemade Ginger Syrup
makes enough for 12-15 drinks using the recipe above

1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c water
1/4 pound fresh ginger, peeled and grated

Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes.  Let sit for about an hour.  Strain the ginger, pressing down on the solids to squeeze out all of the fantastic flavor.  Syrup will keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator, but I’d be surprised if it lasts that long!

adapted from Garden & Gun

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Alyssa has been cooking, crafting and entertaining for as long as she can remember. She is currently living in crazy Tokyo (say hi if you're in town!), but loves to travel all over the world. She's a little bit obsessed with cookbooks, whisky and stationary.

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