Looking to learn how to make the best quick & easy Whiskey and Ginger Ale?
Our easy homemade Ginger Whiskey Cocktail is the perfect refreshing drink to enjoy on a hot summer day when you have a few cans of Ginger Ale keeping cold in the fridge.
Our Whiskey and Ginger Ale recipe features premium whiskey, ginger ale, ginger bitters, crystalized ginger and lime.
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Travel The World to Taste Whiskey
There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with the best Whiskey and Ginger Ale recipe then by planning a vacation to visit the world’s best whiskey distilleries.
Some of the world’s most famous whiskey/whisky distilleries can be found in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The booming whiskey trend has also produced a high demand for premium whiskey produced by distilleries in Canada and America.
In Scotland we enjoyed a scenic road trip to the Isle of Islay, which is best known for its famous Islay Scotch whisky distilleries. If you’re looking to experience the best things to do on the Isle of Islay visit award-winning distilleries like Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore.
Fly over to Ireland and you’ll find plenty of fine whiskey produced by famous distilleries like Jamesons and Bushmills. There’s no better way to educate yourself about Irish Whiskey then by taking a tour of Jameson Distillery near Cork and Bushmills along the Causeway Coast. They’re both worth a day trip from Dublin.
Looking to plan the ultimate road trip of Canada to discover the best Canadian whisky?
Types of Whiskey
The wonderful world of whiskey can be confusing for newbies as there is a lot more variety compared to vodka and gin.
Whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash or by distilling beer. Various grains are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak.
The best way to familiarize yourself with whiskey and find a new favourite is by sipping as many varieties as you can. You’ll find single malt whiskies, blended whiskies, single pot still whiskey and and everything in between.
Our Ginger Whiskey Cocktail features premium whiskey and the flavour profile of the cocktail can be adjusted to suit your tastes based on whichever bottle you chose. Add a Bourbon to your rocks glass and you’ll enjoy a sweeter flavour. Or grab a bottle of Islay Scotch to experience peaty undertones.
- Scotch: is made in Scotland with either malt or grain. The spirit must age in an oak barrel for at least three years. Many of the top Scotch bottles are revered for their peaty character. Popular Scotch brands include Johnnie Walker, Tomatin and Glenfiddich.
- Irish Whiskey: has a smoother flavor than other types of whiskey. It’s made from a mash of malt, can only be distilled using water and caramel coloring, and must be distilled in wooden casks for at least three years. Popular Irish whiskey brands include Jamesons, Bushmills and Green Spot.
- Bourbon: An American-style whiskey, bourbon is made from corn. In fact, to be called bourbon whiskey, the spirit needs to be made from at least 51% corn, aged in a new oak barrel and produced in America. It has no minimum aging period and needs to be bottled at 80 proof or more. Popular Bourbon brands include Ezra Brooks, Wild Turkey and Maker’s Mark.
- Canadian Whisky: must be barrel-aged for at least three years. It’s lighter and smoother than other types of whiskey because it contains a high percentage of corn. You will find that most Canadian whiskies are made from corn and rye, but can also include wheat and barley. Popular Canadian whisky brands include Canadian Club, JP Wiser’s and Wayne Gretzky Estates.
Easy Ginger Whiskey Cocktail
We love sipping this Ginger Whiskey Cocktail all year round. In the Spring and Summer, ginger ale and whiskey muddled with ice offers a refreshing drink to help cool you down. In the Fall and Winter, ginger flavour pairs perfectly with seasonal fruit like pear and apple.
We wanted to make an easy Whiskey and Ginger Ale so we’ve used store bought Canada Dry. Making homemade ginger ale is very easy so if you like DIY projects in the kitchen feel free to make your own ginger ale recipe to impress your guests.
Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment
Before hosting a swanky Whiskey and Ginger Ale soiree you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.
- Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
- Cocktail Shaker: a bartenders best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
- Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
- Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
- Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
- Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
- Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
- Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
- Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
- Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
- Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
- Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
- Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
- Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
- Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
- Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
Whiskey and Ginger Ale Ingredients
Our easy Whiskey and Ginger Ale recipe is made with the best fresh ingredients:
- Whiskey: we tested this recipe with Tomatin Scotch, Glenfiddich Scotch and Ezra Brooks Bourbon.
- Ginger Ale: we’ve used Canada Dry Ginger Ale but you could also make homemade Ginger Ale.
- Bitters: we use Ginger Bitters but you could also substitute for Angostura bitters or Pear Bitters.
- Crystallized Ginger: we use thick slices of Crystallized Ginger from The Ginger People.
- Citrus: we use lime slices as a garnish in this recipe but you could also use fresh lemon.
Whiskey and Ginger Ale Cocktail Tips
This Whiskey and Ginger Ale recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in 5 minutes. We love serving this easy Ginger Whiskey Cocktail at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
This Whiskey and Ginger Ale recipe serves one person. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.
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How To Make the Best Whiskey and Ginger Ale
Easy Whiskey and Ginger Ale Cocktail
- Cocktail spoon
- Shot Glass
- Rocks glass
- 2 oz Whiskey
- 5 oz Ginger Ale
- 1 dash Ginger Bitters
- Lime Wedge or Crystalized Ginger garnish
- Fill highball glass with ice. Pour whiskey into glass.
- Top with ginger ale and dash of ginger bitters. Squeeze and float a lime wedge into the glass. Garnish with crystalized ginger.
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