So you have your Liber & Co. Fiery Ginger Syrup. Next stop? Crafting cocktails, obviously. Below are two recipes, one from Heavy Muddle and one from Liber & Co. both of which are a great way to get started. Before we get started, there are a few tips and tricks when making cocktails that can improve the taste and drinking experience.
Shaken vs. Stirred
When it comes to shaking vs. stirring there is one general rule to follow. If your cocktail is just alcohol, you stir, but if there are any other ingredients like simple syrup or fruit juice, you shake. How strict of a rule is this? It’s usually followed pretty universally, but if you’re in a rush and you don’t have time to break out your cocktail shaker, then no worries
Aromatics and Garnishes
When it comes to using aromatics as garnishes, make sure you get the most out of them by releasing their natural oils. If you’re using an herb like rosemary, thyme, or basil, slap it against your wrist or palm. This will immediately release oils and enhance the aroma. If you’re using a citrus peel, then give it a twist and rub it along the rim of the glass.
*recipe courtesy of Heavy Muddle
Spicy & refreshing
- 1.5 oz Tequila Blanco
- 3/4 oz Lime
- 1/4 oz Hibiscus Agave Syrup*
- 1/4 oz Fiery Ginger Syrup
- Top with ~2 oz Dry Apple Cider
To make, shake all ingredients briefly, except cider, with ice to chill, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with cider and garnish with a lime wheel.
* Combine 1 cup water and 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers in a 2 QT saucepan over low heat. Allow to steep for 15 min, removing from heat when the water starts to boil. Strain out the flowers and weigh the liquid. Add an equal weight of agave nectar and stir to dissolve. Bottle and keep in the fridge.
*recipe courtesy of Liber & Co.
Bourbon whiskey meets Fiery Ginger Syrup in this mint-infused smash.
- 3/4 oz Fiery Ginger Syrup
- 2 oz bourbon whiskey
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 5-8 mint leaves
To make, add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Double strain into a drinking glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.