Yesterday was a warm Monday evening in California and I was at the office late. What did I make for my cocktail when I got home? I went back to a house favorite: bourbon and ginger.
We usually make it with the traditional ginger ale — or sometimes mix it up with ginger beer — and a lime wedge. I know it sounds pretty simple and that’s the point. I use 2 ounces of bourbon and 3 ounces of ginger ale, and a squeeze of lime. You can make it to suit your taste.
I use Evan Williams Black as my house bourbon to mix our cocktail. Once again, use what you like. I think Evan Williams is just a good bourbon at a good price point for mixed drinks. As for the ginger ale, we love Fever Tree. Today there are tons of ginger ale and ginger beer options — you no longer are limited to Seagrams. Pick the one with a flavor profile you enjoy.
We had our first “Presbyterian Press” cocktail at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen in Dallas and I have been a fan of the bourbon and ginger cocktail since then. I will review Sissy’s another day. I will just say for now: bourbon, fried chicken, and deviled eggs make for a wonderful evening.
Next time you want a bourbon cocktail get a really good ginger ale and mix it with your favorite bourbon. Don’t forget that lime!