Lemon Ginger Bourbon Cocktail is an elegant, flavorful drink to serve as the “featured cocktail” at your next gathering.
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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Bourbon cocktail mixed with lemon juice, honey, ginger and rosemary. YUM!
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (4 1/2 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)
Lemon slices, for garnish
- 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 and let cool to room temperature.
- Place the honey syrup (with the rosemary), bourbon, ginger liqueur, lemon juice and lemon bitters in a cocktail shaker. Shake until well mixed and chilled.
- Strain into two cocktail glasses over ice. Garnish with a small rosemary sprig and a slice of lemon.
Note: You can make more of the honey-rosemary syrup and store it, covered, in the refrigerator for several weeks.