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Alexandra's Cozy Night In - Winter Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipe

Posted by Alexandra C. | Thursday January 9, 201412 comments

This recipe is my own concoction (well, I did have some help from the BF), but I did all the heavy lifting (mostly). I made it one wintery, snowy night and it was just what I needed as I curled up on the couch. It's become my signature cocktail for this major cold spell as it warms you right up and it pairs sweet and spicy perfectly. It's not difficult at all ('cause y'all know me and how lazy I am in the kitchen), but it takes a little bit of time. I recommend making the syrup in a larger batch to save and next snow day, you can whip a cocktail in no time at all. 

Here's what you'll need to make my super delicious cocktail:

Ginger Simple Syrup 
Crabbie's Ginger Beer (I prefer the orange flavour for this, but you can also try the original ginger beer)
Orange (for garnish and juice) 
Thyme or Rosemary (optional)

Step  #1: Make Your Ginger Syrup

I've told you before how to make a simple syrup, but here's a quick breakdown: 1 cup water, 2 cups sugar, boil and add sugar. Stir until a syrup consistency. To make a ginger simple syrup just chop up some fresh ginger and add to your mixture to let the flavour infuse. I found this DIY for a ginger simple syrup with peppercorn which is an awesome idea, so try that too! 

Step #2: Gin 'n' Beer

To a tall glass with ice, add 1 ounce of gin, 1-2 ounces of syrup (depending on your taste preference, I usually do two) and fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer. 

Step #3: The Extras 

1. Add a squeeze of orange to your cocktail and garnish with a slice too. 

2., 3. Thyme or rosemary make a good addition to the cocktail if you're in the mood. 

4. Ginger can be an intense flavour and if you're like me you want it a little more subtle. Add ice. The coldness takes it down a notch. 

Do you have a cocktail or special drink or food you love to curl up with on a wintery night?
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on April 15, 2014  Petersgirl  8,414 said:

I love ginger beer and ginger is so good for you. Must try this recipe, it sounds so darn good. Thx Alexandra C. Hope it is as good as it sounds and looks

on April 11, 2014  TashaCat  6,762 said:

@Alex - Tried it! Actually tried the lazy version of it: gin spicy ginger beer slice of lemon. Wow... didn't expect to like it as much as I did! For some reason the ginger beer really brought out the flavour of the botanicals in the gin for me (I used Beefeater and want to try it with the more heavily juniper Sapphire next). I usually drink what call a 'Ginger Kick' - my concoction of aged golden rum (Appelton Estates) Graces's ginger beer 2 thinly sliced lime wheels (yum!)

on March 31, 2014  TashaCat  6,762 said:

Love love love ginger beer! I only buy mine... and I get Graces since it's got some Serious kick. Just had some last night. Sousa's is milder. It's a great digestive aid too. I've never had it with gin and an orange twist ... but I'm willing to try this (too lazy to make simple syrup though!) Thanks!

on January 16, 2014  Anjanie777  1,682 said:

My mom has been making her own ginger beer for decades. Her family has been doing it for many generations, and it is part of our Christmas tradition, along with our rum cake.

For times we don't make it, we get a variety of brands at our local Caribbean store.

My faves are ones that are really spicy and burn on the way down your throat. It is very good for a cold or flu.

on January 15, 2014  imfeehily  8,865 said:

I'll try it!

on January 13, 2014  Charmheart16  3,985 said:

Sounds interesting. I've never tried ginger-flavoured drink before. I'm curious to know what it would taste like.

on January 11, 2014  flower  4,433 said:

Malibou rum & pineapple juice

on January 11, 2014  layalxo  2,558 said:

Not a fan, I would not like this

on January 09, 2014  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

Hm, this sounds interesting - but I'm not a fan of ginger beer.

on January 09, 2014  rachified  290 said:

Oh yum! I would love this. I'm a huge fan of ginger beer. I tried it initially out in New Zealand and have been hooked ever since. Unfortunately there aren't as many ginger beer brands out here.

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