Brandy Rand

Thirsty Writer, Libations Marketer

Where to Sip Ginger Cocktails

Posted on BostonCommon-Magazine on October 7, 2011

Grafton Street Gin Gin Mule
Hear me talk about ginger cocktails on WBZ Radio.

The ginger root makes the leap from spice rack to cocktail glass at area watering holes.

Used in everything from Asian cuisine to cookies, the multi-faceted ginger root also treats upset stomachs and the common cold. It’s fragrant and distinct in flavor with a spicy, warming bite. And with cooler weather on the horizon, ginger is being incorporated a variety of ways in these Fall-inspired cocktails.Taking a cue from a classic, BOKX 109’s Ginger Sidecar (Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Domaine de Canton, squeezed lemon, simple syrup, ginger garnish) blends ginger liqueur with the subtle sweetness of cognac for a refined seasonal sipper.BOKX 109, 399 Grove St, Newton, 617-454-3399

The eclectic cocktail menu at Forum offers an array of palate-pleasers like the Bella Donna (Cruzan black strap rum, amaretto, orange juice, Barritts ginger beer, flamed orange peel twist), which tastes like an island vacation in a glass.

Forum, 755 Boylston St., 857-991-1831

Grafton Street’s Diana Morell uses fresh ginger root cooked in brown sugar and water to create richly caramelized ginger-infused sugar syrup for her Gin Gin Mule (house-made ginger simple syrup, gin, lime juice, Fever-Tree tonic water, mint).

Grafton Street, 1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-0400

A unique twist on dessert in a glass from Franklin Café is the Fresh Apple Martini (shochu, granny smith apple, ginger, lemon), which substitutes the typical vodka with a more flavorful Japanese liquor shochu (made from barley, sweet potato or rice).

Franklin Cape Ann 118 Main St., Gloucester, 978-283-7888

December 2011 Update: New recipe to try from the newly opened Hawthorne, 500a Commonwealth Ave., 617-532-9150

Flip Royal – a winter’s toast befitting King’s & Queens; this original drink of The Hawthorne is a sophisticated interpretation of a seasonal eggnog. To prepare this cocktail, the rooibos syrup is made from scratch using MEM rooibos tea leaves.

1 egg
1 ounce salted rooibos syrup
2 ounces King’s Ginger
1 dash of angostura bitters

Dry shake the mixture, then combine with ice and shake again.  Strain into a chilled highball glass, and top up with two ounces of seltzer.  Garnish with a shaved spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and coffee.

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2 comments on “Where to Sip Ginger Cocktails

  1. frugalfeeding
    October 10, 2011

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