Words by: Simon Difford
Photography by: Dan Malpass (left to right) Je Suis l'Amour, Huckle My Buff, Moscow Mule, Dedonair, Four Aces, Ginger Snap, Mr Anthony, Gold Rush, Don Pone and Byculla
As the weather turns colder so the warming effects of ginger can be both beneficial and pleasing in a drink. Indeed, King Edward VII’s physician is said to have commissioned Berry Bros. & Rudd, the King’s wine and spirits merchants, to formulate a ginger liqueur to warm His Majesty after being exposed to the elements while driving his Daimler horseless carriage.
That led Berry Bros to create King's Ginger liqueur, a fine liqueur to sip neat when in need of restitution, but along with some other premium ginger liqueurs, it also can be used to include a hint of warming spice to cocktails. Follows 20 of our favourite ginger liqueur cocktails:
A ginger influenced riff on an Aviation named after the hero in the fictional book Biggles in Borneo.
Perhaps better simply named "Ginger Sidecar" the theme above continues.
An interesting riff on a vintage cocktail using fino sherry, tawny port, orange liqueur and ginger liqueur.
Created in the 1990's by Gary 'gaz' Regan, this suitably sophisticated cocktail is simply Speyside single malt whisky stirred down with ginger liqueur.
Cognac, white creme de cacao and ginger liqueur stirred down and strained into a maraschino rinsed glass.
From The Roger Room in Los Angeles, this herbal fruity drink uses white grapes, vodka, lime juice, ginger liqueur, sugar and basil.
Remember the Cosmopolitan? This riff is enlivened and made more interesting by a hint of ginger.
Another Gary 'gaz' Regan cocktail, this one a refreshing ginger influenced Gin Collins.
The Gold Rush
Appropriately golden in appearance and made with ginger liqueur, bourbon, lime and lemon juices.
Huckle My Buff
My much simplified version of Jamie Oliver's Huckle My Buff, a drink originally made in the 18th century and warmed with a red-hot poker. I use a microwave.
Je Suis l'Amour
Created by Walter Grosso in Turin, this thrown cocktail is made with cognac, sweet vermouth, ginger liqueur, pink grapefruit juice and chocolate bitters.
The simple Moscow Mule is made that little bit richer and more complex with a dash of ginger liqueur.
A genever based riff on a Penicillin with ginger spice and peaty Scotch.
My Last Word
This ginger twist on a Last Word is more properly called 'Mon Dernier Mot'.
A drink by Charles Joly with flavours of bourbon, vanilla, maple syrup, ginger and orange.
A drink which emerged in 2008 after a night playing around in the bar with the legendary Dick Bradsell.
Tall and refreshing - Campari, ginger liqueur and lime topped with tonic.
The king of both ginger and whisky cocktails this was originally made with homemade ginger syrup but also works well made with ginger liqueur.
Created by Danny Gil at Brooklyn's Weather Up, this tall drink is made with amaro, ginger liqueur, lime and soda.
A ginger riff on a Rusty Nail.