Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail

The Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail is a sweet and spicy drink. Made with a homemade ginger ‘drinking vinegar,’ this sparkling whiskey, lime and ginger libation is a delightful anytime sipper.

The Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail is a sweet and spicy drink. Made with a homemade ginger 'drinking vinegar,' this sparkling whiskey, lime and ginger libation is a delightful anytime sipper. (via feastandwest.com)

Birthday week continues! Yesterday I brought you my new favorite popcorn, Chocolate Birthday Cake Popcorn. Today I’m taking things back.

Way back.

To my very first recipe on Feast + West. It was a cocktail, of course.

The Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail is a sweet and spicy drink. Made with a homemade ginger 'drinking vinegar,' this sparkling whiskey, lime and ginger libation is a delightful anytime sipper. (via feastandwest.com)

Sometimes it’s hard to look back at my early recipes.

I’m not always proud of early photos because I used to take photos with only my iPhone. (My old DSLR camera was broken at the time — so sad.) And my blogging skills needed lots of work.

It’s so easy to pick out mistakes. But I try to remember that three years is a long time, and I’ve come a long way!

I’ve learned so much about blogging since then. And food and cocktails, too.

The Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail is a sweet and spicy drink. Made with a homemade ginger 'drinking vinegar,' this sparkling whiskey, lime and ginger libation is a delightful anytime sipper. (via feastandwest.com)

 

So this cocktail. It was an exceedingly simple Bourbon + Ginger Cocktail. Just three ingredients: ginger ale, bourbon and lime juice.

Essentially it was a poor man’s Moscow Mule, made with ginger ale instead of ginger beer. Almost embarrasingly simple.

It’s also the drink I order whenever I go to a bar that doesn’t do craft cocktails.

(Sometimes a Jack and Ginger, sometimes a Maker’s and Ginger — always with a lime wedge or two.)

The Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail is a sweet and spicy drink. Made with a homemade ginger 'drinking vinegar,' this sparkling whiskey, lime and ginger libation is a delightful anytime sipper. (via feastandwest.com)

Last month I made Ginger Apple Pomegranate Sparkler Mocktails with a ginger shrub. Shrubs are also known as “drinking vinegars,” which are often used to preserve fruits.

I learned about shrubs a couple years ago and have enjoyed experimenting with them in cocktails. You’ll definitely be seeing more of them here.

This one is made with grated ginger root, sugar, water and apple cider vinegar. I’ve been drinking a few tablespoons of it with a glass of fizzy water and it’s just like a spicy, homemade ginger ale.

The Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail is a sweet and spicy drink. Made with a homemade ginger 'drinking vinegar,' this sparkling whiskey, lime and ginger libation is a delightful anytime sipper. (via feastandwest.com)

It’s also fantastic with bourbon and lime stirred in. Which is how I came back to that very first cocktail I made for Feast + West.

This cocktail is like a grown-up version of that cocktail. It represents all that I’ve learned in three years, in blogging and cocktails. Cheers to that! // susannah 

The Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail is a sweet and spicy drink. Made with a homemade ginger 'drinking vinegar,' this sparkling whiskey, lime and ginger libation is a delightful anytime sipper. (via feastandwest.com)

The Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail is a sweet and spicy drink. Made with a homemade ginger 'drinking vinegar,' this sparkling whiskey, lime and ginger libation is a delightful anytime sipper. (via feastandwest.com)

Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

The Bourbon Ginger Shrub Cocktail is a sweet and spicy drink. Made with a homemade ginger 'drinking vinegar,' this sparkling whiskey, lime and ginger libation is a delightful anytime sipper.

Ingredients

For the ginger shrub

  • 1 5-inch ginger root
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, to taste

For the cocktail

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (lengthwise)
  • 2 ounces ginger shrub
  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • candied ginger, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Peel the ginger root with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler. Grate or finely chop. Set aside.
  2. Add water and sugar to a medium saucepan. Cook on medium heat until sugar has dissolved, stirring frequently. Bring to a simmer and add grated ginger. Reduce heat to low. Cook 5 to 10 minutes, until shrub is fragrant. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Strain the ginger root out of the shrub. Discard the ginger. Stir in apple cider vinegar. Store in an airtight glass jar for up to 6 months. (The vinegar helps to preserve the flavor and will evolve over time.)
  4. For the cocktail, fill a rocks glass with ice. Squeeze a lime wedge into the glass and toss in the spent shell. Add ginger shrub and bourbon. Top with club soda. Garnish with candied ginger and a lime wedge.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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  1. Acacia says

    Any drink with lime and I’m in! This one kind of reminded me of the Russian ginger drink that you mix with vodka. The name escapes me though.

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