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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