Whiskey Ginger

by XuCharles on Apr 26, 2023

Whiskey Ginger


Is there any whiskey cocktail more iconic and simple than a whiskey ginger? It’s just two ingredients but it’ s truly one of the best bubbly/spirit combinations out there. To go the extra mile, we wanted a homemade, showstopper garnish, and we couldn’t think of anything more fitting than fresh, spicy candied ginger. Not only does it look great atop a drink but it's also great for snacking (and keeps for weeks).



1/4 lb. ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/8" coins


Approx. 1/4 lb sugar (about 1/2 cup and 1 tbsp)


2 oz. whiskey

5 oz. ginger ale

Lime wheel

4-5 candied ginger




  1. Step 1In a medium saucepan bring, enough water to cover ginger to a boil. Add ginger and reduce the heat to medium low.  Simmer for 30 to 35 minutes or until the ginger is tender and slightly pliable. Strain ginger, reserving 1 tbsp of water.
  2. Step 2Wipe the medium saucepan dry, then add cooked ginger, reserved cooking liquid, and enough sugar that equals the weight of the cooked ginger. Bring ginger to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low. Stir frequently to keep any sugar from burning.
  3. Step 3Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid has totally evaporated and the sugar begins to crystalize on the ginger pieces. Move ginger piece to a parchment lined baking and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container and it should keep for a few months.


  1. Step 1Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add whiskey then ginger ale. Garnish the rim with a lime wheel. Thread the candied ginger pieces onto a toothpick then stick the end of the toothpick into the lime and serve.


Cocktails are best enjoyed right after making and do not work as a make-ahead drink because the soda will go flat. 

If you tried this classic cocktail, let us know how it came out in the comments below!

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