It’s been a while since I’ve used my ginger liqueur in a cocktail so I decided to shake up something new this week. I created this gin-ginger “zing” cocktail using a few simple ingredients I had on hand. It turned out light and refreshing with the pineapple, and it’s sweet but not TOO sweet. It gets it’s “zing” from the club soda added at the end.
This cocktail isn’t too strong so you don’t have to worry about it sneaking up on you. It would make a good signature drink for a yellow or gold party, and I just love the act of shaking up cocktails in a shaker. If you want to make a large batch ahead of time you can convert the measures below into cups rather than ounces. That’s what I always do when I want to serve it from a pitcher or pretty dispenser.
I’ve traditionally used vodka as my clear liquor when mixing drinks but I’ve recently discovered a penchant for gin instead so that’s what I’m playing around with at the bar these days.
Gin-Ginger Zing Cocktail
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz ginger flavored liqueur
- 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz club soda
- 2 dashes bitters
Add ice to a cocktail shaker, and pour in gin, ginger, pineapple juice, and bitters. Cover and shake for several seconds to mix.
Strain mixture into a martini glass and top off with club soda.
Sip and enjoy.
Garnish with pineapple chunks and a maraschino cherry on a skewer.
If you’re a fan of the ginger liqueur like I am, check out my pear-ginger sparkling cocktail too.
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