Some flavors are made for each other. Yeah, we all know about chocolate and peanut butter, but there are many more flavor pairings to explore. One of my favorite pairings is floral jasmine plus spicy ginger. Here, I’ve brought the two together in a refreshing mocktail. The mix of jasmine green tea plus sparkly ginger beer, lime and strawberries has been my favorite drink of the summer.
Jasmine Ginger Iced Green Tea Recipe
1 wedge lime
4 ounces *brewed jasmine green tea, chilled
4 ounces ginger beer, chilled (I used Gosling’s)
Garnishes: Fresh sliced strawberries and additional lime wedges
Fill a glass with ice cubes. Squeeze the juice of a lime wedge over the ice and drop the lime wedge into the glass. Add the chilled green tea and ginger beer; stir gently. Garnish with strawberries and additional lime wedges.
Makes 1 drink
*Tip: For brewed tea, I used Rishi organic loose-leaf jasmine green tea. I steeped 1 tablespoon of tea in 2 cups of hot, but not boiling water (180 degrees F) for 3 minutes. The brewed tea should be cooled at room temperature, and then chilled in the refrigerator.
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Sweet and tangy citrus juice meets spicy ginger beer in this simple cocktail. Start with your spirit of choice–vodka or bourbon–and add fresh squeezed juice from blood oranges and Meyer lemons. Top with ginger beer for extra flavor and effervescence.
Blood Orange and Ginger Cocktail Recipe
1 ounce vodka or bourbon
2 ounces fresh-squeezed blood orange juice
1/4 ounce fresh-squeezed Meyer lemon juice
2 ounces cold ginger beer
Lemon or blood orange wedge
Fill a glass with ice. Add vodka, blood orange juice and lemon juice; stir. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lemon or blood orange wedge.
Makes 1 drink
-Can’t find blood oranges? Try with mandarin orange juice or red grapefruit juice.
-For the best flavor use fresh squeezed juice, and be sure to use ginger beer rather than ginger ale.
-For a nonalcoholic mocktail, mix equal parts blood orange juice with ginger beer.
More blood orange drink recipes:
Blood Orange Margarita
Blood Orange Chia Drink
When it comes to whiskey, I tend to go for Kentucky bourbon. But since it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, something a wee bit Irish felt more appropriate! You’ll never find me drinking green beer, but I’m happy to sip Irish whiskey.
One of the easiest drinks to make for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration is an Irish Mule. If you enjoy a Kentucky Mule (made with bourbon) or a Moscow Mule (made with vodka), you’ll like the Irish Mule, which is a mix of Irish whiskey, spicy ginger beer and fresh lime juice.
Irish Mule Drink Recipe
1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey such as Jameson
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
4 ounces cold ginger beer
Fill a glass with ice. Add Irish whiskey and lime juice to glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.
Makes 1 drink
Tip: To make an Irish Ginger Drink (a.k.a. Big Ginger Drink), use ginger ale in place of the ginger beer. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges.
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Simplicity. With only 3 ingredients, this whiskey drink is anything but fussy. It’s also quite delicious.
A Kentucky Mule is a mix of fresh lime juice, spicy ginger beer and bourbon whiskey. It’s one of my favorite simple drinks. Besides using a decent bourbon (from Kentucky, of course), the key to this cocktail is using a good tasting ginger beer. I used Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer to make this drink. Whatever mixer you choose, be sure to use ginger beer rather than ginger ale.
Kentucky Mule Bourbon Drink Recipe
1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
4 ounces ginger beer, chilled
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add bourbon and fresh lime juice to glass. Top with ginger beer; stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Makes 1 drink
Tip: To make a Moscow Mule, use vodka in place of the bourbon. But really, why would you choose vodka over whiskey? :)
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