Bourbon Ginger Ale Cocktail

This spicy Bourbon Ginger Ale Cocktail is the best way to warm up on a wintry night. With lime juice, ginger ale and candied ginger, it’s got enough sweetness, tartness and spiciness to send your winter blues away. 

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As I begin this blog, I’ll be toying around with different kinds of posts. For now, Friday Night Delights will be a column about drinks and cocktails to enjoy on the weekend.

The show is centered around a small, fictional town in Texas where everyone spends their Friday nights watching high school football.

If you’re turning up your nose at the word ‘football’… Please. My dad is still trying to teach me what a ‘touchback’ is.

So, watch it! It’s shot beautifully, and the story will reel you in straight away.

Anyway, my favorite Friday nights are usually spent drinking cocktails like this Irish Mule with friends — not watching high school football — so that’s what I’ll aim to do here each week. 

Thanks to Winter Storm Hercules, we got four inches of snow in Washington, D.C. last night, and I hear the New England states got it way worse.

However, nothing will get a Southern girl’s hopes up like the prospect of a few snowflakes. (Usually, my heart is broken into a million pieces when the snowstorm somehow swings north and only sends me freezing rain.)

But this time, the weather came through for me! Yesterday, we watched snowflakes float down and stick (!) to the ground beginning in the early afternoon.

I might have been the only person in the D.C. metro area who was remotely excited about it, but my inner North Carolinian will forever find joy in this lovely white stuff. 

I woke up this morning to a lovely, serene blanket of soft, white snow. Thankfully, my family was able to get on their way back to North Carolina this morning, but I am staying here for another week to house-sit.

Luckily for me, I have a few friends who happen to be visiting D.C. this weekend too, so I have some exciting, snowy adventures ahead of me!

It’s supposed to be very cold — for a Southerner, anyway — so I’ll be sure to warm up with a Bourbon Ginger Ale Cocktail tonight. 

On a cold, wintery night, a little kick will help you warm up but a blanket or fireplace helps too.

bourbon ginger ale recipe in a copper moscow mule mug


If you’re feeling the winter blues, you might need a cocktail. This Bourbon Ginger Ale Cocktail is a good winter remedy.

Bourbon and ginger ale are a match made in cocktail heaven. Bourbon is warm and smooth, while ginger ale is sweet with a slight spice to it, making it a perfect bourbon mixer.

While I am perfectly happy just drinking a bourbon and ginger ale, you know I like to fancy things up just a bit. 

So that’s exactly what I did with this drink. I took a classic combination and added a couple extra – but very simple – ingredients to make it a little more special.


For this cocktail, I added a bit of lime and candied ginger into the mix.

If you’re nursing a cold, the lime and the bourbon will soothe your throat, and the ginger will send you warmth.

Also, the ginger has healing qualities for upset stomachs, but this cocktail is fantastic if you’re healthy too.

The addition of candied ginger here gives this cocktail a little extra spiciness, plus it’s something to nibble on once the drink is gone.

It’s one of my go-to drinks this time of year! (And all year, let’s be real.) I even made an updated version of this with my Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail — seriously delicious! 

picture of bourbon ginger ale cocktails on green napkins and a green citrus juicer

Though this Bourbon Ginger Ale Cocktail is made with ginger ale and not ginger beer, this cocktail is reminiscent of a Moscow mule cocktail. Specifically, a Kentucky mule, because it is made with bourbon. 


Candied ginger is pretty easy to find in most mainstream grocery stores these days. Be sure to check in the spice aisle.

I personally prefer sliced candied ginger for garnishing cocktails. If you can only find cubed candied ginger, though, you can always thread several pieces onto a cocktail toothpick for your garnish!

Of course, you could always try your hand at making homemade candied ginger if you are really feeling fancy. That would be an A+ way to impress any of your friends (and would make a great holiday gift along with the ingredients to make this Bourbon Ginger Ale cocktail).


Not sure what the difference is between ginger beer and ginger ale?

Ginger beer is brewed and fermented. Ginger ale, on the other hand, is more like a soda – carbonated water flavored with ginger.

They’re both nonalcoholic (although you can purchase alcoholic ginger beer) and great for sipping on their own or in cocktails or mocktails. 

Ginger ale is a bit sweeter than ginger beer. Since ginger beer is fermented it tends to be more gingery, which can make it more spicy depending on the brand you use. 

So if the spiciness of ginger beer usually gets you down, you’ll love trying this recipe with its milder mixer sister, ginger ale. 

I hope you enjoy every sip! 

// susannah

two bourbon ginger ale cocktails in copper mugs
Irish mule recipe in a mule mug on a green cloth napkin

Bourbon Ginger Ale Cocktail

Yield: 4 cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A cocktail for a wintry night, this Bourbon Ginger Cocktail will warm you right up.


  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 1 can (12 ounces) ginger ale
  • 4 lime wedges
  • 4 pieces candied ginger (optional)


  1. Pour 1 oz. bourbon into 4 ice-filled glasses.
  2. Divide ginger ale among glasses.
  3. Squeeze one lime wedge into each glass and drop the spent shell in the drink.
  4. Garnish with candied ginger and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g

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  1. cewilley says

    This drink sounds great! I actually have a little Makers Mark left over from a get together over the holidays. I may be on my way to a toasty bourbon + ginger cocktail tonight. I’m always at a loss for what to mix, so I can’t wait to see what other drinks you share!

    • Susannah says

      Yes! I tried this with Maker’s Mark over the holidays and it works just as well! You can also substitute lemon or omit the citrus altogether. Let me know what you think!

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