Ginger Cocktails (Recipes)

Epicurious magazine called ginger the “new mint.” We call it simply delicious. So keep your eyes wide open for the plethora of ginger apéritifs being served in lounges up and down the Valley


Photographs by Michael Polito

“We’ve been doing ginger drinks for about three and a half years, but they’re definitely becoming more popular,” says Ellen Henneberry, general manager of Twist Restaurant in Hyde Park. “It’s a hot trend.” The reasons? “First of all, ginger is easy to infuse into a simple syrup. Then there’s the flavor: it’s almost sweet and savory at the same time; it’s very unique. Then of course, it’s Asian, so it’s fusion. There are just so many things about ginger that make it so much fun.”

Of course ginger, a spice that originated in Asia but is now also grown in parts of Africa and the Caribbean, has long been hailed for its medicinal properties. It is used to combat nausea, aid digestion, and improve circulation, among other things. So you can feel good about indulging in one of these soon-to-be-classic cocktails. Ginger beer (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic versions) is another treat that is popping up in watering holes all around the region. And as for these three beautiful concoctions whipped up by Twist’s bar manager, Sally Rich? “They’re all amazing,” says Henneberry. “The Twisted Thai is spicy so if you’re in the mood for something to kick you up a notch, you should go for that. It’s really good in the cold weather because the heat makes you feel like you’re getting warmed up. The Ginger Blossom appeals to people who prefer gin over vodka.” And the Rosemary Bliss? “It’s such an incredibly unique cocktail. People go crazy for it.”

Twist's Ginger Blossom Martini
1 Ginger Blossom Martini
  • 1 jigger gin
  • ½ oz elderflower liqueur
  • ½ oz house-made ginger simple syrup
  • 1 jigger fresh pink or red grapefruit juice

 Suggested garnish:
Candied grapefruit wedge or fresh grapefruit twist


Twist's Rosemary Bliss Cocktail
2 Rosemary Bliss Cocktail
  • 1 jigger vanilla vodka
  • ½ oz ginger liqueur
  • 1 jigger pear nectar
  • ½ oz house-made rosemary simple syrup
  • Splash of fresh lime juice

Shake well over ice; strain and serve over fresh ice in a rocks glass.
Suggested garnish:
Fresh rosemary sprig or skewered candied ginger


Twist's Twisted Thai Martini
3 Twisted Thai Martini
  • 1 jigger of house-infused Thai chili vodka
  • ½ oz ginger liqueur
  • 1 jigger fresh blood orange juice
  • ½ oz house-made sour mix
  • Splash of house-made ginger simple syrup

Suggested garnish:
Thinly sliced blood orange ribbon — or add Thai chilies, if you dare!


Bottoms up!

Take a sneak peak at our favorite summer cocktail here.


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