Ginger liqueurs bring a semi-sweet, semi-spicy flavor to cocktails and it's awfully fun to play with. It can be used in a variety of recipes, featuring everything from whiskey to gin and vodka to rum.
Though ginger liqueur and ginger brandy have been around for a very long time, they are back in the spotlight. Brand names like Domaine de Canton helped revive this spirit category, have given us new and modern cocktails to enjoy and brought new life to older drink recipes.
What Is Ginger Liqueur?
Ginger liqueurs can be made with a variety of ginger. They often use brandy for the base, though rum and neutral spirits may be used. Herbs and other flavorings can also be added to give a ginger liqueur a unique and signature flavor.
The taste of these liqueurs varies greatly, though most are noted for having that snappy, semi-sweet ginger spice that the root is known for. While there are a few brands you will want to look out for, keep your eye out for others as well. Ginger is a popular flavor for craft distilleries and there are some excellent finds out there if you're willing to take a chance on an unknown bottle.
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Ginger liqueurs are useful year-round. When you start to feel a chill in the air, it's time for a Hot Ginger Toddy. You'll love how that ginger spice plays off a warm and comforting mix of bourbon, honey, and lemon.
While any ginger liqueur will do, it's best to go bold and Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur is perfect. Handmade in Brooklyn, it really is intense and that's why it's excellent for cocktails. It's also gluten-free, kosher and vegan-friendly.
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The gin and ginger martini is a divinely simple cocktail that is nothing more than gin and ginger liqueur. It works surprisingly well, but it's not complete until you include the cucumber garnish.
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A fruity whiskey cocktail with a great ginger snap, the Georgia on My Mind recipe is a pure delight. It pairs a nice bourbon and ginger liqueur with peach nectar, fresh basil, and celery bitters.
The ginger liqueur used here is the most popular on the market. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur is a premium ginger liqueur is made in France with a Cognac base and you shouldn't have problems finding it at the liquor store.
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As we've already seen, ginger and whiskey have a great relationship. It's a natural pairing and there are many ways that you can approach it. One very fine example is found in the Manhattan Love Story recipe.
This one features a fantastic small-batch whiskey from New York state. That is accented with sake and your favorite ginger liqueur. The drink is simple, but it is quite the delight and a perfect addition to your Manhattan repertoire.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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It's time to take your ginger to a tropical beach and mix up the fascinating and very fun Lei Maker. This cocktail is bright, refreshing, and very easy to mix up.
The recipe begins with Korbel California Brandy. You'll then add a little ginger spice along with a good amount of pineapple juice. Finish it off with a light soda, sit back, and soak in the sun.
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One of the more surprising flavor combinations, the Tuscan Pear is a cocktail that everyone has to try at least once. It's a glass filled with intriguing layers of flavor and it's too good to pass up.
In this recipe, you will get to experience the taste of a crisp pear-flavored vodka with sweet limoncello and snappy ginger. Toss in a little orange juice, some fresh mint, and dried pears and you will have a very impressive drink.
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This is no ordinary apple martini, there is no doubting that. Yet, it's also not over the top. Instead, it's an elegant, well-crafted, and simply perfect way to enjoy apple cider season in style.
For the Apple Cider Martini, you will need the best vodka you can buy. Add a good amount of apple cider, a touch of ginger liqueur, and a splash of velvet falernum, and you have the perfect complement to any autumn dinner party.
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For the purest ginger flavor you can find in a cocktail, turn to the Ginger Martini. This simple little drink celebrates ginger in all its glory and is the ideal venue to try out any new ginger liqueur you come across.
The recipe requires just three ingredients. You'll want to choose a really nice vodka because it's mixed in equal proportions to the ginger liqueur. Add just a splash of fresh lemon juice and you're set.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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We'll finish off this celebration of ginger with an old-fashioned cocktail. This recipe comes from the early 1900s and it is certainly not what we would think of as a "winter cocktail" today.
The recipe is a tropical delight, filled with rum, citrus, sugar, pimento dram, and ginger liqueur. While it may have the style of a tropical drink, the mix is warm and comforting, so it really can work for any season.