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June 13, 2011


Maryse Chevriere

Maryse Chevriere

This simple, sweet-and-spicy refresher combines Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey and ginger beer to create a summer-perfect sip.



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  • 5 mint leaves, plus 1 or 2 for garnish
  • 1 ounce Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
  • Ice
  • 2 ½ ounces ginger beer
  • 2 dashes of bitters


Muddle mint with whiskey and then shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with bitters and a mint leaf.


15 Cocktails Using Ginger Beer, Summer's Coolest Mixer

Whether you're on the beach or raising a glass after work, these recipes will liven up your summer nights.

We all know (and love) the Moscow Mule, but it's time to get more creative with this season's trendy brew. With fruity flavors and vibrant colors, these ginger beer drinks are the perfect toast to summer. Cheers!

Don't forget to pin these ginger beer recipes for your next party and follow Redbook on Pinterest for more inspiration!

Put your big girl pants on for this twist on a Moscow Mule, which mixes cranberry juice and and citrus flavors for a tart sip that will taste so refreshing all summer long.

Get the recipe at Vanilla and Bean.

If you reserve bourbon for cold winter nights, this cocktail might make you break it out for the summer time &mdash lemon juice makes the bourbon a little less potent, and ginger beer and club soda add an effervescence that's just right for how summer days.

Get the recipe at Heather Christo.

A twist on the classic Paloma cocktail, these drinks call for ginger beer instead of club soda &mdash and that little bit of ginger flavor makes all the difference.

Get the recipe at A Saucy Kitchen.

Margaritas are great, and regular ol' beeritas are nice, too. But swap in ginger beer for regular brews and you'll get a fresh cocktail with just a little bit of bite. Yum.

Get the recipe at How Sweet It Is.

It's probably a cocktail first for you (it certainly was for us), but add apple butter to this beer-and-bourbon drink. It adds a caramelized spike you won't soon forget.

Get the recipe at One Sweet Mess.

Don't reserve this refreshing sip for the Kentucky Derby, especially when it only requires three ingredients &mdash and about two minutes &mdash to make. The ginger beer gives this classic drink a bubbly twist.

Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

Planning a party? Try this sparkling take on a summer sangria that you can make by the pitcher.

Get the recipe at Love & Olive Oil.

Summer is prime strawberry time, so we would be remiss to not include a cocktail that makes good use of the tasty berries and adds sweetness to the ginger beer-cocktail favorite.

Get the recipe at Cupcakes and Cutlery.

This gorgeous drink capitalizes on the fresh blackberries in season this summer, and with the option to use vodka, gin, or rum, the possibilities are endless. Might we suggest a different liquor for each batch?

Get the recipe at The Lemon Bowl.

Raise a glass to summer with this sunshine-colored cocktail.


1/8 oz vanilla bean bitters

2 oz Veglio Michelino e Figlio Moscato d'Asti

Add everything other than Moscato d'Asti in Boston shaker and shake. Strain over new ice and top with Moscato d'Asti.

Courtesy of Veglio Michelino e Figlio.

This delicious drink creatively combines ginger beer with apple cider and vodka. Top it with a cinnamon stick to cap off a cool summer evening, or easily transition into fall.

Get the recipe at JJ Begonia.

Step up your wine game by mixing it with vermouth and ginger beer. The triple-threat combo adds drama to a sparkling prosecco.


Fill glass with ice and then add the VOGA Prosecco, Pomegranate Juice, Sweet Vermouth and Ginger Beer. Add in a few cherries and mix well. Top with a single cherry and enjoy.

Mules: Classic Ginger Beer Cocktails

The Moscow mule is a vodka and ginger beer cocktail that's a classic fizz (a cocktail sour with a fizzy element). You can make the classic Moscow mule or try variations on the original.

Basic Moscow Mule Recipe

If you're a purist who enjoys the fizzy bite of ginger beer, then you can't go wrong with a classic Moscow Mule. While it's traditionally served in a copper mule cup, you can also make it in a rocks glass or collins glass.


  • ¾ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounces simple syrup
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime wedge for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, simple syrup, and vodka. Add ice and shake to chill.
  2. Strain into a mule cup filled with ice. Top with the ginger beer and stir gently.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Maple Peach Mule

The warmth of pure maple syrup and the sweetness of peaches are the perfect foil for the spicy ginger beer in this mule variation.


  • 2 peach slices plus an additional peach slice for garnish
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce pure maple syrup
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle two peach slices.
  2. Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, vodka, and ice. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a mule cup filled with ice.
  4. Top with the ginger beer and stir gently. Garnish with an additional peach slice.

Orange Cranberry Mule

This twist on the classic is a lovely sweet tart flavor combination with the bite of ginger.


  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Fresh cranberries, lime wedge, and a rosemary sprig for garnish (optional)


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and vodka.
  2. Add ice and shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a copper mule cup filled with ice.
  4. Top off with the ginger beer. Stir gently.
  5. Garnish with the cranberries, lime wedges, and a sprig of rosemary.

French Apple Mule

You can also use other liquors in a traditional mule to create variations. This mule recipe substitutes the French apple brandy, Calvados, for the vodka.


  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce honey
  • 1½ ounces Calvados
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Apple slice or dried apple slice for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lemon juice, honey, and Calvados.
  2. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a mule cup filled with ice.
  4. Top with the ginger beer and stir.
  5. Garnish with a slice of dried or fresh apple.

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Mani Osteria and Bar’s Dolce Vita cocktail

A nn Arbor Italian spot Mani Osteria and Bar is sharing the recipe for its Dolce Vita cocktail. The refreshing beverage is made with gin, blackberry-ginger syrup, and prosecco. Learn how to craft it at home using the instructions below.

How to Make Mani Osteria and Bar’s Dolce Vita


3/4 oz. Prairie Organic Gin

3/4 oz. Blackberry/Ginger Syrup*

Blackberry/Ginger Syrup*

1/2 in. ginger root, peeled and chopped

1 / 3 Tbsp. black peppercorn

*Muddle blackberries in a large pot. Add ginger and all other ingredients. Whisk and bring to a boil. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes. Let cool then fine-strain.


Add all ingredients apart from Prosecco into a shaker with ice and stir. Strain into a flute and top off with Prosecco. Squeeze lemon peel over flute to express oils.

Whiskey and Ginger Beer Ingredients

Our homemade Whiskey and Ginger Beer cocktail is made with fresh and premium ingredients:

  • Whiskey: you can use your favourite Canadian Rye, Bourbon, Irish Whiskey or Scotch.
  • Ginger Beer: use a Caribbean style non-alcoholic ginger beer such as Fever Tree or The Great Jamaican Ginger Beer Co.
  • Simple Syrup: we prepare our own homemade simple syrup but you could add an additional ginger zing with Organic Ginger Syrup by The Ginger People.
  • Lime Juice: we always suggest juicing fresh limes as you’ll taste the difference. Do not use store bought lime juice!
  • Basil: pluck fresh basil from your garden or purchase a few sprigs at your grocery store or farmers market.

Foghorn Mixed Drink

The foghorn is one of the great classic cocktails that New York City's Waldorf Astoria hotel made famous. It's a very simple mixed drink that brings gin and ginger beer together. Fans of the vodka-based Moscow mule will find it familiar, though the switch to gin gives it a fascinating taste. Classically served in an old-fashioned glass, the foghorn can also be made as a highball drink by adding more ginger beer to fill.

Traditionally made with Old Tom gin, modern interpretations of the foghorn have resorted to a London dry gin like Beefeater. Old Tom is a sweeter gin that pairs wonderfully with a spicy ginger beer. While the sweeter style was difficult to find outside of the United Kingdom for a number of years, brands like Aviation, Gin Lane, and Hayman's have revived the classic style and increased its availability. Just as with the gin and tonic, it's hard to find a gin that doesn't work in the foghorn, so go ahead and pour whatever you have available. Each brand will give a new experience, and you'll likely find that some pair better with certain ginger beers.

The foghorn is sometimes made with ginger ale lime juice is the only thing that differentiates that choice from a gin buck. If that substitution is based on a dislike for spicy ginger beers, there are milder options, as the ginger beer market has expanded significantly in recent years. With the resurgence of both the original gin and the variety of ginger beers, it's an excellent time to revisit this classic and mix it up in its original form.

22 Ginger Beer Cocktails That Are Straight Fire for Every Season

Who knew you could make, like, five different kinds of mules?

Sure, everyone knows that a Moscow Mule is the OG drink for ginger beer. And trust us, absolutely no one here (aka me) is hating on them. But even though the Moscow Mule is *chef's kisses* (and I feel fancy AF when I sip on that copper mug), you can make so many other delicious cocktails with ginger beer.

Ginger beer adds a certain bite to any cocktail. The carbonation and spicy ginger combo complement even your least favorite liquor. Go classic with mules or a dark and stormy, or one of the options below you probably have never even thought of making before. TBH, I'm about to go buy rhubarb solely to make #10 on this list.

The next time you head to the store for some spiked seltzers and frozen pizza (I hear you, I see you, and I am you,) stock up on ginger beer to keep on your cute bar cart. You'll be able to mix it with a zippy spirit and a few other key ingredients and end up with cocktail creations that are spicy, snappy, and straight-up delicious. Here are 22 I'm beyond into rn.

Mix 750 ml Vodka, ½ cup crushed pistachios, 1 tbsp. crushed green cardamom, 1 tsp. orange blossom water, 2 tbsp. honey, and muddled pomegranate seeds.

Let it sit and strain through coffee filter and bottle for use.

Add 2 oz. Mediterranean-infused vodka, ¾ oz. cranberry simple syrup, and ¾ oz. lime juice to a rocks glass with crushed ice. Top with 1 oz. ginger beer and garnish with orange blossom cranberries.

Combine 1 ½ oz. Szechuan peppercorn infused Ford's Gin, ½ oz. Liquore Strega, ½ oz. ginger syrup, and ¾ oz. lemon juice to a glass. Stir to combine. Top with ginger beer and orange blossom mist. Garnish with a dried orange slice and lemongrass.

Recipe from Ty Williams, SISTERS (Brooklyn, NY)

Mix ½ oz. Ode to Babel Gin and ½ oz. Sumac Berry Lemonade in a glass and stir to combine. Top with Fever Tree Ginger Beer. Garnish with a bunch of fresh sage, speared through three raspberries.

In a copper mule mug, add ½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice, tossing in the rind as well. Add in crushed ice followed by 2 oz. blended scotch. Top with 4-6 oz. ginger beer and garnish with lime wedge and fresh basil.

Add 1¼ oz. Goslings Black Seal Rum, ¾ oz. fresh squeezed lime juice, ½ oz. demerara syrup, ½ oz. Punt e Mes, and ½ oz. Amaro de Angostura to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake briefly. Add about 3 oz. Goslings Ginger Beer to the tin. Give it a few swirls, then strain into a collins glass over ice. Garnish with a lime peel.

Recipe from Megan Jay, URBAN COWBOY (Nashville, TN)

Mix 2 oz. dark rum, 3 oz. ginger beer, and ½ oz. lime juice in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Add 1 ½ oz. gin to glass. Add ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh mint and a lime wheel.

Shake 1 oz. Aberfeldy 12 Single Malt Scotch whisky, 1 oz. Chinola Passionfruit Liqueur, ½ oz. lime juice, and ¼ oz. simple syrup. Pour over ice in glass, top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with spiced-salt dusted lime wheel.

Mix 1 ½ oz. Novo Fogo Chameleon, 4 oz. ginger beer, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, and 2 dashes of aromatic bitters in a glass. Stir to combine. Garnish with lime.

Muddle 1 rhubarb chunk with 4 dashes rhubarb bitters, 1½ oz. strawberry puree, 2½ oz. Ketel One Vodka, ½ oz. lime juice, and ½ oz. simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake, then add to copper mug with ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a long rhubarb ribbon, strawberry, and lime wheel.

Pour 1½ oz. Wild Roots Cucumber & Grapefruit Infused Gin, 2 oz. lime juice, and 3 to 5 cucumber slices into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and stir. Double-strain into a collins glass filled with ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a cucumber wedge.

Combine 2 oz. Ilegal Mezcal Joven, 1 oz. grapefruit juice, ¾ oz. lime juice, ½ oz. simple syrup, and 1 oz. Reed&rsquos Ginger Beer Strongest in a glass. Rim with Tajin and garnish with lime and grapefruit wedges.

Muddle 4 slices fresh ginger and 10 mint leaves in a tin, then add ice. Mix with 1½ oz. Ketel One Vodka, ¾ oz. simple syrup, and ¾ oz. lime juice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh ginger and a mint sprig.

Recipe from Phil Testa, beverage manager at The Rickey at Dream Midtown

Fill a glass half full with ice. Pour 6 oz. Reed&rsquos Ginger Beer Strongest into the glass. Stir in 4 oz. sparkling water and 2 T. lemon juice. Finish with 3 dashes bitters and garnish with thinly sliced lemon wedges.

Combine 2 parts Reyka Vodka, 2 parts apple cider, and ¼ part simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake and double-strain into a mule cup. Add 1 part ginger beer and garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.

Combine 2 oz. Montelobos Mezcal, ½ oz. agave, ¾ oz. lime juice, and 2 dashes chocolate bitters over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in tall collins glass. Top with ginger beer.

Recipe from Inigo Salazar, food & beverage director of The Beach at Dream Downtown

In a copper mug over ice, mix 1 part SKYY Infusion Sun-Ripened Watermelon Vodka, ½ part lime juice, 1 part freshly squeezed watermelon juice, and 1 bottle ginger beer. Garnish with a watermelon slice.

In a tin with ice, combine 1½ oz. Grey Goose La Poire vodka, ¾ oz. lime juice, ½ oz. simple syrup, 1 oz. kiwi puree, and ginger beer to top. Strain over fresh crushed ice into a tiki glass. Skewer berry medley and a mint sprig to garnish.

Recipe from Phil Testa, beverage manager at The Rickey at Dream Midtown

Pour 2 oz. bourbon and 2 oz. chilled ginger beer into a glass. Add 3 sprigs fresh mint leaves and finish by adding ½ oz. lime juice and one lime wheel for garnish.

Recipe from mixologist and cocktail consultant Cody Goldstein at the Flying Cock in NYC

Add 1½ parts Effen Vodka to a cocktail shaker. Muddle 5 mint leaves, ¾ parts lime juice, and ¾ parts ginger syrup. Pour into cocktail shaker over ice. Strain into tall glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a mint sprig.

In a tin with ice, combine 1½ oz. Tito&rsquos Vodka, 1 oz. Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, ¾ oz. lime juice, and ½ oz. agave, and shake. Strain into a highball glass with a large ice cube infused with pomegranate seeds. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Recipe from Phil Testa, beverage manager at The Rickey at Dream Midtown

Fill a copper mug with ice. Add 2 oz. Jefferson&rsquos Very Small Batch Bourbon. Top with Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer and garnish with a lime wedge.

Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipes

In a mixing tin, muddle the pear with honey and lemon. Add the Scotch and liqueur and shake. Double strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a pear slice.

The mixologists at Cutty Sark created this recipe.

I’m Into Ginger

1 ½ oz. Crystal Head vodka
½ oz. Premium orange liqueur
2 oz. Cranberry juice
2 oz. Ginger beer

Add vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and ginger beer to a tall glass filled with ice. Stir gently. Garnish with a lime wheel.

The mixologists at Crystal Head created this drink recipe.

Cucumber Cooler

3 ½ oz. Crop Cucumber vodka
1 ½ oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
5 oz. Ginger beer

Shake with ice, pour, and garnish with a slice of fresh cucumber.

The mixologists at Shadow Boxers Bar in New York created this recipe.

2 parts Hornitos Black Barrel tequila
½ part Lime juice
½ part Agave syrup
½ part Chili liqueur (or dash of hot sauce)
Ginger beer

Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass (except ginger beer), add ice and shake vigorously. Pour over ice and top with ginger beer. Serve in a rocks glass.

The mixologists at Hornitos created this recipe.

1 ¾ oz. Tequila Cabeza
¾ oz. Crème de cassis de Dijon
½ oz. Fresh lime juice
1 oz. Ginger beer
Lime wheel, for garnish

Build the drink in a Collins glass over ice. Pour the tequila, lime juice and ginger beer and finish with crème the cassis. Garnish with a lime wheel.

The mixologists at The 86 Co. created this recipe.

Tennessee Roots

1 ¼ oz. George Dickel No. 1 white whiskey
¼ oz. Lemon juice
¼ oz. Simple syrup
¼ oz. Pineapple juice
1 oz. Ginger beer

Combine all the ingredients except the ginger beer in cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lemon wheel.

The mixologists at Dickel created this recipe.

Carnival Punch

1 ½ oz. Pineapple-infused vodka
½ oz. Pama pomegranate liqueur
¼ oz. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Ginger beer as needed
Lime twist for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add the vodka, Pama liqueur, and lemon juice and shake well. Strain over ice into a rocks glass, top with the ginger beer and garnish with the lime twist.

The mixologists at NOLA restaurant in New Orleans created this recipe.

Fall Back Buck

1½ oz. Ketel One Citroen vodka
½ oz. Fresh lime juice
¼ oz. Simple syrup
1 oz. Pineapple juice
2 oz. Ginger beer
¼ oz. Aromatic bitters

Combine first four ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and a heavy float of bitters.

The mixologists at Ketel One created this recipe.

Strawberry Hawaiian Mule

1 ½ oz. Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
2 oz. Coconut water (fresh if possible)
2 oz. Goslings ginger beer
5 oz. Lime juice
2 Strawberry halves
2 Pineapple chunks

In a mixing glass muddle strawberry halves and pineapple chunks. Fill glass with ice. Add lime juice, coconut water and vodka. Shake for 8 to 10 seconds and pour into Collins glass. Top with ginger beer.

West Coast mixologist Jake Fascitelli created this recipe for the Smirnoff Moscow Mule Challenge.

Bittersweet Victory

1 ½ parts Bacardi Gold rum
½ parts Cynar
¾ parts Grenadine
¾ parts Fresh lime juice
2 parts Ginger beer

Add all ingredients except ginger beer to a mixing tin. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Add ginger beer to fill. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

The Bacardi mixologists created this recipe.

Pimm’s Royale (Pictured at top)

2 oz. Akira Back Sake Pimm’s Mix *(see recipe below)
½ oz. Lemon juice
2 oz. Mio sparklin
g sake
1 oz. Fever Tree ginger beer
Combine ingredients in a wine glass, add ice and stir. Garnish with lemon and lime half-moon wedges, cucumber half-moon wedges and a mint sprig.

*For Akira Back Sake Pimm’s Mix

(Yields 2 cocktails)
1 ½ oz. Akira Back sake
¾ oz. Bombay Sapphire East gin
¾ oz. Cocchi Americano
¾ oz. Cocchi Rossa
¾ oz. Aperol
½ oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
¼ oz. Rothman & Winter Orchard Peach liqueur

The mixologists at Yellowtail Sunset in Los Angeles created this recipe.

Ginger Snap Cocktail

As a cocktail recipe partner with Reed’s Ginger Beer, I wanted to create a seasonal twist on a dark ‘n stormy by including all the flavors we crave this time of year – spiced rum, ginger, and cinnamon. Keeping it simple and delicious but a little special for the holidays.

If this drink doesn’t get you into the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will. You may just be immune to it all. As a cocktail doctor, my prescription would be to make two of these and call me in the morning. Happy Holidays!

  • 2 oz Spiced Rum
  • 1/3 oz Cinnamon Syrup*
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • Reed’s Extra Ginger Beer
  • Garnish: Cinnamon Stick

In a shaker tin add the rum, syrup and lemon juice and shake over ice until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with Reed’s Extra Ginger Beer, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir while lowering to a medium heat and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat. Let completely cool and double strain. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a month. This syrup can be used in a mulled wine recipe, winter sangria, and to spice up all of your holiday cocktails.

Jameson and Ginger Beer

When I was looking for a great match for my Sweet Potato Fries, I knew I wanted to incorporate ginger somehow. I also wanted a spirit that’s dark and smoky. So, I grabbed some Jameson Irish Whiskey and started tasting.

My husband is a big fan of Jameson Irish Whiskey. He likes it straight with a little ice. I will occasionally join him and drink it as an after dinner drink or a nightcap. For some reason, I love it most when the weather is cooler. A little Jameson, a dark night by a nice fire..they just seem to go together.

You know what else happens to go great with the smooth taste of Irish Whiskey? Ginger Beer. This Jameson and Ginger Beer cocktail is a great pairing for the smoky sweetness of crispy, roasted sweet potato. Ginger is the perfect flavor.

This cocktail is easy to make, but the flavors are far from simple. Oaky whiskey and spicy ginger with a bit of fizz, this sipper is a great drink recipe to have in your arsenal.