5 Ginger Drinks to Make at home

If a drink has ginger in it, chances are we’re probably fans. Rich bourbon and ginger? Oh yeah. Spicy ginger and rum? Delicious. Tart citrus and warming ginger? Always love that combination. We like drinks with fresh ginger, with ginger syrup, and spiked with ginger liqueur. Today, we’re sharing a 11 recipes for ginger-spiced fall drinking inspiration.

Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler

This is the kind of easy recipe you can memorize for mixing up whenever you feel a little festive. Made with Prosecco or other sparkling wine, it’s flavored with fresh grapefruit juice and Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur.

With citrus season in full swing, it’s easy to whip up a bright and invigorating cocktail in no time. One of my favorite combinations recently has been the bittersweet flavor of fresh ruby red grapefruit juice paired with the sweet, spicy notes of ginger.

Grapefruit, with its slightly bitter punch, used to throw me for a loop, but lately I’ve taken a real liking to it, embracing the pungent flavor. One of the ways I eased into is by pairing it with another strong flavor like ginger. Together this duo is hard to beat—spicy, citrusy and bright. But turn the duo into a trio by adding a little bubbly over the top, and you’ve got yourself a cocktail that will keep you on your toes.

Yield: makes 1 cocktail

Active time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 ounce fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
3 to 4 ounces Prosecco or other sparkling wine
Grapefruit wedge to garnish

Directions

1. Pour the grapefruit juice and Domain de Canton in a champagne glass. Gently pour the prosecco over top until glass is nearly full. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Pom Pomme

All your fall classics come together in this four-ingredient drink: hard apple cider and apple brandy, plus vivid pomegranate juice and ginger liqueur. The hue is gorgeous and the mixing’s easy.

Pomegranates (the pom) and apples (the pomme) are the stars of this sparkling drink. Crispin Original hard cider is a perfect autumnal stand-in for bubbly and Laird’s Apple Brandy lends another layer of apple flavor.

Yield: makes 2 cocktails

Active time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

2 ounces pomegranate juice
2 ounces ginger liqueur, such as Domaine de Canton
1 ounce apple brandy, such as Laird’s Apple Brandy 100 proof
2 ounces Crispin original cider

Directions

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the pomegranate juice, ginger liqueur, and apple brandy. Shake until well-chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain evenly into two coupe glasses. Top each glass with one ounce cider and serve.

Napoleon’s Loss

This autumn-appropriate cocktail proves the point that there’s no reason for agave spirits to disappear when the weather cools. A fresh ginger syrup adds spice to a mix of aged tequila and earthy mezcal, and lemon juice keeps the whole drink bright.

An allusion to the former French empire’s withdrawal from Mexico and all its agave splendor, Napoleon’s Loss is your gain in this cocktail from New York’s 1534: tequila, lemon and ginger-agave syrup with a little smoky mezcal on top.

Note: You can buy ginger juice for the ginger syrup, but it’s better to make your own using a juicer or a blender and strainer.

Yield: Makes 1 cocktail

Active time: 6 minutes

Total time: 6 minutes

Ingredients

For the Ginger-Agave Syrup:
1 1/2 ounces agave nectar
1 1/2 ounces fresh ginger juice
For the Cocktail:
1/2 ounce fresh juice from 1 lemon
3/4 ounce ginger-agave syrup
2 ounces añejo tequila
1/4 ounce mezcal, such as Del Maguey

Directions

1. For the ginger-agave syrup: In a resealable jar, stir ginger juice into agave nectar until loosened. Cover and shake well. Store for up to 1 week, shake before using. Recipe makes enough syrup for four cocktails.

2. For the cocktail: Combine lemon juice, ginger-agave syrup, and tequila in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.

3. Strain into a double rocks glass over a large ice cube. Top with mezcal and serve.

Southern Baptist

Lots of lime makes this rye drink refreshing, while fresh ginger syrup accentuates the whiskey’s spice. Ever since we tasted this drink from Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo in NYC, it’s been a favorite.

Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo in NYC shared this rye cocktail recipe with us, and it’s a winner, spicy with lots of fresh ginger and bright from a bunch of fresh lime.

Yield: makes 1 cocktail

Active time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

For the Fresh Ginger Syrup:
1 1/2 ounces fresh ginger (about 4 inches long), peeled
2 tablespoons sugar
For the Cocktail:
2 ounces Bulleit rye whiskey
3/4 ounce fresh ginger syrup
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice from 1 to 2 limes
Garnish: lime twist or lime wheel

Directions

1. For the Ginger Syrup: Slice ginger into chunks and place in bottom of mixing glass. Muddle until broken up well. Strain juice through fine-mesh tea strainer, pressing on solids to extract juice. Measure out 1/2 ounce fresh ginger juice, pour into small glass, mix with sugar until dissolved, stirring well. Mixture will be very thick.

2. For the Cocktail: Pour rye, 3/4 ounce ginger syrup and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into coupe, garnish as desired and serve.

Pear and Rosemary Cocktail

Pear and piney rosemary come together in this elegant cocktail, delicately spiced with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. A touch of lemon adds freshness.

The light, crisp flavor of pears has always been a refreshing accent to autumn’s arrival. I also like to ease into autumn by breaking out the pear brandy, made with Bartlett pears.

While it can be sipped on its own, one of my favorite flavor pairings is rosemary and pear, so I like to add a little rosemary syrup to create an autumnal cocktail. A little ginger liquor brings in a hint of spice, and a splash of lemon juice is needed for brightness. The result is a balanced, lightly herbal cocktail with clear pear flavor supported by warm rosemary tones.

Yield: makes 1 cocktail

Active time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the Rosemary Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 sprigs rosemary
For the cocktail:
1 1/2 ounce pear brandy
1/2 ounce rosemary syrup
1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
2-inch sprig of rosemary

Directions

1. To make the rosemary syrup: Combine the sugar, water and 3 sprigs rosemary in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove rosemary before bottling.

2. To make the cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add pear brandy, rosemary syrup, Domain de Canton, and lemon juice. Shake for 15 seconds.

3. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with rosemary sprig.

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