Lemon Ginger Bourbon Cocktail is an elegant, flavorful drink to serve as the “featured cocktail” at your next gathering.

Lemon Ginger Bourbon Cocktail in a glass with a slice of lemon

My mom loved bourbon – it was her alcohol of choice in the fall and winter (she drank vodka during the other seasons). I’m more of a vodka girl, but I do like bourbon when it’s mixed with other flavors – like in our Genuine Derby Day Mint Juleps, and in my Lemon Ginger Bourbon Cocktail.

Last year, Robert and I had a lovely mini-vacation at The Canyon Suites hotel on the property of The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. One evening, the bartender served a bourbon-based drink that was infused with smoke! It was also flavored with lemon, ginger and rosemary. While I thought the smoky flavor was a bit overpowering, I liked all the others flavors. (After all, I like pretty much anything that has either lemon or ginger in it, let alone both.) So, I came home and created my own version of this delectable cocktail – minus the smoke. I think mom would have liked my version!

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lemon ginger bourbon cocktail over ice in a glass, garnished with a lemon slice

Lemon Ginger Bourbon Cocktail

  • Author: (By Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: cocktails, easy entertaining
  • Method: shaken
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Bourbon cocktail mixed with a rosemary-infused honey simple syrup, lemon juice, and ginger. YUM!



Rosemary-Infused Honey Simple Syrup (Makes around 1 1/8 cups)

  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves, plus more for garnish

Lemon Ginger Bourbon Cocktail

  • 1/4 cup Rosemary-Infused Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) good quality bourbon
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) ginger liqueur (I like Domaine de Canton brand)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 6 dashes lemon bitters (can also use orange)
  • Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
  • Lemon slices, for garnish


Rosemary-Infused Simple Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the honey, water and rosemary leaves over medium-low heat, stirring, just until the honey is dissolved. Remove from heat, cover and allow to steep (at room temperature) for several hours or overnight.

Lemon Ginger Bourbon Cocktail

  1. Place 1/4 cup rosemary-infused simple syrup (with the rosemary) in a cocktail shaker that’s around half full with ice. Place the remaining simple syrup in a sealed container and refrigerate for one month for later use. (Can also freeze for up to 3 months.)
  2. Add bourbon, ginger liqueur, lemon juice and lemon bitters to the cocktail shaker. Shake until well mixed and chilled.
  3. Strain into two cocktail glasses over ice. Garnish with a small rosemary sprig and a slice of lemon.

Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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