This Mixology Monday was one I couldn’t miss — after all, RumDood included a link to one of my posts in his announcement! This month it’s ginger, and as I have noted before, I LOVE ginger. Our challenge, from dear Matthew is:
Find or concoct a cocktail recipe that uses ginger in one of its many forms as an ingredient. This can be muddled ginger, sliced ginger, ginger syrup, ginger beer (commercial or homemade), ginger liqueur, ginger candy, or pieces of a shredded photo of Ginger from Gilligan’s Island.
To me, ginger is one of the most magical of flavors. It is one of the first things I turn to when feeling bad. Ginger in all its forms can make me feel better. But unlike most medicines, ginger actually tastes great.
Still, I find that many recipes rely on ginger as a panacea. I like to joke that Thursday Drink Night needs to have a “ginger beer free” night. A dose of ginger beer always tastes great – and hides many sins in your drink invention skills.
While I do like drinks with ginger beer, I find it takes more skill to mix a drink that uses the flavor as a highlight and not a major element.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. While this has been a darling of the cocktailian world for a while, I’ve only recently acquired a bottle of my own. In that sense, it is still new to me. I appreciate how it manages to capture the heat of raw ginger.
I’ve found it particularly useful as a replacement for rich simple syrup. In honor of this month’s host, I thought I’d use it in a rum Old Fashioned. And since RumDood would be willing to use Zaya on his pancakes, I thought I’d go high end with this one.
Gingered Rum Old Fashioned
2 oz Zaya Gran Reserva
0.25 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 dash Angostura orange bitters
Mix ingredients in old fasioned glass, add ice, and sip with greatest enjoyment.
I find the ginger compliments the spicy richness of Zaya, and really enjoy sipping this drink. I hope you will to!
Thanks, Matt, for a great topic. Be sure to check out Rumdood.com for the roundup post!