Summertime Ginger Rogers Will Impress: By Jen Oliak

Have you tried a Ginger Rogers Cocktail?  This one is so delicious.  The fresh ginger simple syrup and mint really make this a special summertime drink. Although I am a vodka fan, I will accept this gin drink any day.

My friend made these for a party and they were such a huge hit, everyone was wasted! Ha! But seriously, they are so tasty you won’t realize how fast you’re drinking.

My friend first tried this drink at Ray and Stark Restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and loved it so much, she came home and found a similar recipe.

It is fresh, light and delicious. For a special occasion, use high end ginger ale (makes a difference, trust me).

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Ginger Rogers Cocktail Recipe

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-8 to 12 mint leaves
-1/2 ounce ginger syrup (scroll down for recipe)
-1 1/2 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire is best)
-1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (sometimes I use lemon if that’s all I have)
-Ginger ale Canada Dry or if you want to splurge, there is great ginger ale called Fever Tree found at Bevmo, Bristol Farms or other high end grocery
-Lime wedge, peach or pear for garnish

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Fresh Mint

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Ginger ale and Bombay Sapphire Gin

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Lime is best but you can use lemon if you don’t have lime.

Ginger Simple Syrup

click here to redirect to recipe source (I halved below since much is not needed)

-1 ounces ginger, thinly sliced
-1/2 cup sugar
-3/4 cup water
-3/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

Homemade ginger simple syrup


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Combine the ginger, sugar, water, and peppercorns in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue simmering for 30 to 40 minutes or until the syrup smells very gingery.

Remove from heat and cool completely. Strain the syrup and refrigerate. You can store this syrup in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Steps to Each Cocktail

Put the mint leaves in a glass, cover with the syrup, and muddle lightly until the mint begins to release its aroma.

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Muddle the mint

Fill the glass with ice and add the gin and lime juice. Top with ginger ale.

Using a spoon, stir the drink from the bottom up to mix.

Garnish with a lime, lemon, peach or pear wedge which all complement ginger.

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Yuuuum. So good!  Enjoy it.  And if you like cocktails, check out my Pear Martini and Lemon Drops and Spicy Grapefruit Martini. Happy summer!

Flavor Your Life with an Ounce of Salt. A lifestyle blog by Jen Oliak.