Tipsy Ginger

Use our gift guide recommendations to mix up this festive Irish whiskey cocktail

Tipsy Ginger
This riff on the classic whiskey sour pairs ginger syrup with lemon and lime juice for a festive vibe. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
From the Dec 15, 2022, issue

Like with music, part of the fun of cocktails is riffing on the classics. After experimenting with the items in our gift guide, and with a boost of inspiration from the inventions in Paddy Drinks, I came up with this play on the classic sour, which nods toward a Mule’s gingery goodness while letting Irish whiskey’s retriever-like friendliness and transparency shine. The drink, while boozy, isn’t too booze-forward, so it’s suitable for the cocktail-shy and aficionados alike. If you don’t have both lemons and limes on hand, I won’t tattle, but the mix contributes mightily to this concoction’s lifted profile and festive vibe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Irish whiskey (I used Tullamore D.E.W., which I always keep on hand, but something a bit heftier, like D.E.W. 12, Redbreast 12, or even Redbreast Lustau Edition, would work nicely)
  • ½ part lemon juice
  • ½ part lime juice (preferably Key lime)
  • ¼ to ½ part Liber & Co. Fiery Ginger Syrup
  • One full dropper Jack Rudy orange bitters
  • Hefty dash egg white, if desired
  • A drop or three Jack Rudy aromatic bitters, for garnish

Add the whiskey, citrus juice, ginger syrup, orange bitters and egg white (the syrup, which contains gum arabic, will lend a slight froth, so the egg’s an optional luxury) to your shaker with plenty of ice. Shake with gusto. Dedicated mixologists may wish to perform a preparatory dry shake if opting for egg white, but the drink, and you, will be just fine without one. Strain into a chilled coupe or rocks glass. Garnish with one or three drops aromatic bitters—two at your own risk—and float a citrus twist if desired.

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