It’s World Cocktail Day. Yes that’s a thing. And if there was ever a time to invest in jazzing up the day with a decent cocktail, it’s now.
The first definition of a cocktail was described in 1806, on 13th May. A New York publication, The Balance and Columbian Repository, defined a cocktail as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters…” And now we celebrate cocktails – if not every day, then at least once a year!
We’re here for this, and definitely here for making our own cocktails at home. So we asked our cocktail expert friends at the Mixology Group for a classic recipe with a modern update. And they’ve come up trumps. You’re welcome.
Ginger Whiskey Sour
50ml bourbon whiskey
20ml ginger syrup
20ml simple sugar syrup
30ml lemon juice
This one couldn’t be easier. Shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
We use the delicious House of Broughton syrup range from Fentimans, but you can make your own syrups. Create your own ginger syrup using 1:1 sugar and water boiled up with a chunk of fresh ginger for 15 mins. Sugar syrup you know how to make. You ought to.
Shake it all together and pour over ice. Garnish with orange, or sliced orange peel, or go crazy and use some candied ginger. Sip and ahhhhhhhh…
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Ever fancied knowing more about the science behind spirits and cocktails? For the first time you can learn trade skills from the comfort of your own home. Or your shed. Or even your bedroom, if you must. The Mixology Group are now running their excellent Wine and Spirits Education Trust courses via Zoom. And for the first time, with online exams. All spirit samples and coursework are sent out in advance.
Mixology Group WSET courses