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

Whiskey Lemon Cocktail

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

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free



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.
  • Author: (By Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Category: cocktails, easy entertaining
  • Method: shaken