Ginger Gin Fizz
The Gin Fizz is a longstanding player in the New Orleans cocktail scene, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of style. A variant off the classic egg white, gin, and orange flower water combo, ginger gin fizz swaps lime and adds in ginger simple syrup for a spicier, refreshing twist.
Lemond stands were the first culinary excursion for a lot of budding chefs, so why not bring that childlike wonder into the 21st century? To prepare, first steep chopped mint, ginger, and your choice of sweetener for a half hour or so. After straining, add the infused syrup into your lemonade mixture and garnish with mint leaves or candied ginger.
Stay away from the bottled stuff and start making your ginger beer in house. Making you own ginger beer allows you to limit waste, play with you flavor profile, and improve the quality of your cocktails! Although this process is a bit time intensive (you’ll have to ferment you ginger beer for a couple days), it’ll net you some spicy, carbonated goodness.
Fresh ginger root has a solid nutritional profile, so it’s a natural partner to smoothies or fresh pressed juices. Each serving contains solid amounts of minerals like potassium and copper but comes with a spicy kick that can overpower other ingredients if overused. To start, we’d recommend pairing with sweet fruits like pears or strawberries. If your smoothie still has an overpowering kick, try blending in some honey to mellow it out.
If making you own ginger beer isn’t your style, you can add fresh ginger into a Moscow mule to truly pump up the spicy flavors. If you go this route, we’d recommend forgoing the ginger beer entirely; simply add some grated ginger to your cocktail shaker and top with sparkling water.
- Pro Tip: To really impress you guests, garnish your Moscow mule with candied ginger!