4 Ginger Beer Cocktails

Karen Frazier
Vanilla Chai Cocktail

Ginger beer makes a fantastic cocktail mixer. With the spicy bite of ginger and gentle fizz, ginger beer is best known for its use in the classic Moscow Mule, but it's excellent in other cocktails, as well.

Vanilla Chai Cocktail

Ginger is one of the primary flavors in chai tea, along with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. This recipe, which makes one cocktail, calls for cardamom and clove simple syrup, but you can also make your own.

Cardamom and Clove Syrup

In a small saucepan, combine 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of water, 2 cloves (lightly crushed to release the flavor), and 2 cardamom pods (lightly crushed to release the flavor). Bring to a simmer, stirring, and then remove from the heat and allow the syrup to steep for 20 minutes. Remove the spices and refrigerate in a sealed container.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce cinnamon whiskey, such as Fireball whiskey
  • 1½ ounces vanilla vodka
  • ½ ounce cardamom and clove syrup
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Ice
  • Strip of ginger root for garnish (use a vegetable peeler to peel a strip)

Instructions

  1. In a collins glass, combine the whiskey, vodka, syrup, and ginger beer. Stir to mix.
  2. Add the ice and garnish with the strip of ginger.

Orange Cranberry Mule

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

Ingredients

Orange Cranberry Mule
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec or Cointreau
  • 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Ice
  • Fresh cranberries, lime wedge, and a rosemary sprig for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a copper Moscow mule cup, combine the vodka, lime juice, triple sec or Cointreau, cranberry juice, and ginger beer. Stir.
  2. Add the ice.
  3. Garnish with the cranberries, lime wedges, and a sprig of rosemary.

Ginger Hard Lemonade

For a refreshing summer beverage, try this delicious ginger-flavored lemonade. This recipe makes one cocktail.

Ingredients

Ginger Hard Lemonade
  • 3 ounces homemade lemonade
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Lemon wedges and rosemary sprigs for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a collins glass, combine the lemonade, ginger beer, and vodka. Stir.
  2. Add the ice. Garnish with the lemon wedges and rosemary sprigs, if desired.

Almond Ginger Sweet Tea

Have a refreshing iced tea with a kick with this tasty summer beverage. It makes one cocktail.

Ingredients

Almond Ginger Sweet Tea
  • 1 ounce amaretto liqueur
  • 1 ounce white rum or the clear liquor of your choice
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • 3 ounces sweet tea
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a collins glass, combine the amaretto, rum, lime juice, ginger beer, and sweet tea. Stir.
  2. Add the ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

Other Ginger Beer Cocktails

The bite of ginger makes ginger beer a wonderful add in for other cocktails as well.

Ginger Beer Versus Ginger Ale

While you could substitute ginger ale for the ginger beer in the above drinks, you won't get the pronounced ginger flavor that makes ginger beer such a delightful mixer. Ginger beer is fermented and has a stronger, sharper ginger flavor and about .05 percent alcohol (technically making it a non-alcoholic mixer). It is also slightly less carbonated than ginger ale, which is a carbonated soft drink.

Zippy Cocktails

If you love the flavor of ginger, then see what ginger beer can bring to a cocktail. It's a versatile mixer that can add complexity and variety to your cocktail repertoire.

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4 Ginger Beer Cocktails