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Master of Cocktails - Christmassy Ginger Sour

by Ben Ellefsen     9. December 2013 15:00

Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour

Here we are, in the second week of advent already! It must be time for the first, but definitely not the last, #MasterofCocktails Christmassy drink of December, this one being a festive twist on a classic...

You see, we love a good whiskey sour, but we also sure do love warming, Christmassy flavours at this time of year with ginger being one of the yummiest and most satisfying of them all. Back in October we not only made the perfect Eggnog but also some Bathtub Ginger Beer using fresh ginger and (perhaps unsurprisingly) ginger beer. Both cocktail recipes are well worth a revisit as we approach Christmas, but this time around we'll be getting our ginger warmth from an excellent ginger liqueur as well as gingerbread syrup, which brings some darn' tasty baked goodness into the mix!

Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour ingredients

You’ll be needing these...

List of Ingredients

  • 40ml Good Quality Sweet Bourbon or similar e.g. FEW Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength or Balcones True Blue 100 Proof
  • 15ml The King’s Ginger Liqueur
  • 15ml Monin Pain d'Epices (Gingerbread) Syrup
  • 20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Peel
  • Very first thing - we need to get a glass in the Freezer. A slightly larger than normal Coupe Glass this time.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour coupe in freezer

    Now, we need 40ml of good quality sweet Bourbon. I've chosen this Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey from FEW Spirits.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour FEW Bourbon Cask Strength

    This stuff (as well as being properly badass) has been sold out for a wee while, so you could use something else instead. I've also used Balcones True Blue 100 Proof. Supremely sweet and utterly delicious.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour Balcones True Blue 100 Proof

    Anywhoo, whichever you choose, you need 40ml.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour measure FEW Bourbon

    Sling it into a cocktail shaker.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour pour FEW Bourbon

    Now 15ml of The King's Ginger Liqueur. Superb stuff this. Full and spicy to match the Bourbon.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour The Kings Ginger

    Next, 15ml of (Dirty) Monin Gingerbread Syrup. There's precious little way of recreating the 'baked' flavour this gives. Into the cocktail shaker with this too.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour Monin Gingerbread Syrup

    Finally, 20ml of Fresh Lemon Juice. Do make sure it's from as fresh a lemon as possible too. The use of juice from really fresh fruit is a hugely underestimated thing, it really is. Into the shaker with that too.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour pour fresh lemon juice

    Now pack that bad boy with fresh, sharp (freezer-temperature) ice.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour fill glass with ice

    Shake for a good 30 seconds or so, until the outside of the shaker is covered in (solid) frost.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour frost on shaker

    Now double-strain the drink into your chilled Coupe glass.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour double strain

    Finally, whip a strip of lemon peel off the squeezed lemon & express it over the glass (chuck it away, don't drop it in).

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour express lemon peel

    And there we have it. A festive twist on a whiskey sour. A Christmassy Ginger Sour.

    Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour

    Enjoy!

    Be sure to send us pictures of any Christmassy Ginger Sours that you make to @MasterOfMalt (you can also use the #MasterofCocktails hashtag). As ever these days, I've also squeezed the recipe into a Vine. Looky:

    #6secondcocktails

    Next week, we'll be going for a fusion of Classic, Christmas, and dubious Translation…

    Master of Cocktails Next Weeks Ingredients

    Next week, you’ll be needing these...
    Hine Rare VSOP Cognac, Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Rye, Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth, Christmas Mulled Cup, Angostura Bitters, Peychauds Bitters, Luxardo Maraschino Cherries, an Orange.

    I'll say thanks in advance to @thecocktailgeek for the idea for this one. It's truly, truly epic.

    And as I know you'll be asking - yes, the bar has indeed become Christmassified!

    Master of Cocktails Christmassified bar

    Ben

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