Cocktails / Spirits

Ginger Beer Cocktails

I’ve never been a big fan of the flavour of ginger, with the exception of a ginger nut biscuit dunked in a cup of tea, but having enjoyed a drink of Jameson Irish whiskey with ginger ale and lime during a tour in Dublin, I thought it was time to give it another chance.

Probably the two most popular ginger beer cocktails are the Dark ‘N’ Stormy, and the Moscow Mule. There seems to be some confusion over whether ginger beer or ginger ale should be used, and after some online searching, it still isn’t too clear. Traditionally, ginger beer is a fermented drink using real ginger, which can be alcoholic, whereas ginger ale was made from water, ginger flavouring, and sugar (often a lot!) Being a Scot, I decided on our best-known brand, Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer (4%). If you prefer your drink to be a bit less alcoholic, try Fever Tree Ginger Beer.

Crabbies Ginger Beer

Crabbies Ginger Beer

Moscow Mule

45ml Vodka
120ml Ginger Beer
Dash of Lime Juice

Traditionally served in a copper mug, but as most people won’t have them at home, a highball glass will do! Put some ice in a highball glass, and add the vodka. Top up with the ginger beer, and a dash of lime. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Dark ‘N’ Stormy

60ml Dark Rum (Such as Lamb’s Navy Rum or Bacardi Carta Negra)
100ml Ginger Beer

Fill a glass with ice, add the dark rum, and top up with the ginger beer. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Both drinks taste quite sweet and refreshing, although my guests found them a bit too strong. Because there are few ingredients, you can add more ginger beer or less vodka/rum without changing the taste too much. The ginger taste wasn’t as strong as I was expecting, but was noticeable at the back of my throat.


Recipes from the My Bar app


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