If my home bar could only contain one item, I would choose bourbon without a second thought — which is probably why I’m so damned picky when it comes to my bourbon cocktails. More often than not, I’ll try out a promising recipe for a bourbon cocktail and end up wishing I were just drinking Bulleit straight.
I know, my life is hard.
But this cocktail? This heavenly mixture of fresh ginger, lemon, bourbon and sparkling water? This is going into my regular rotation. It’s easy, it’s inexpensive, and it’s delicious.
Sparkling Whiskey Gingerade
Recipe at the Bonjon Gourmet
I didn’t have any agave, so I substituted 1.5 ounces of simple syrup and was very happy with the result. If you do make this with agave, let me know how it turns out!
And, as long as I’m shamelessly taking advantage of other peoples’ cocktail genius, I tried Smitten Kitchen’s Blood Orange Margarita last week. (No photos — what can I say, the drinks looked too yummy to wait!) Deb’s recipe is really good, but I liked the drink even better when I used 3 tablespoons of lime juice and 2 tablespoons of Cointreau. I thought the taste of the blood orange came through better with less sweetness and more acidity — but remember, I’m a sour-mouth, so if you like your cocktails sweet try Deb’s version first.