Ginger beer is a naturally fermented ginger drink that has become a staple in our home bars for its versatility and seamless pairing with boozy beverages. Compared to ginger ale, ginger beer is spicier and less sweet, with a natural fizz that makes it a welcome addition in some of our favorite cocktails. Classic drinks keep it simple with just ginger beer, booze, and one or two extra flavors to round out the adaptable recipe for a spicy buzz.
As recipe curators, food writers, and eaters, we Noshers tend to shy away from math. More accurately, we tend to run screaming toward the nearest drink, which we then sip anxiously until the alcohol soothes our nerves. Unless it’s a fraction dictating the amount of sugar to add in a recipe, we want nothing to do with math.
In this rare exception, the calming beverage and angst-inducing mathematical formula are one in the same. The equation is simple and the payoff immediate. Ginger + booze + flourish = heaven in a highball glass.
One great thing about ginger beer (besides its versatility) is how easy it is to make yourself at home! Try fermenting some yourself with this recipe and guide from The Roasted Root.
Classic and simple, the ginger beer cocktails of the Mule family are a fun batch of oddballs that fit a similar formula, originating from the same set of parents. Ginger beer and booze come together with a little citrus twist to create fun and unique cocktails.
Perhaps the most famous of all, the Moscow Mule is the Russian standard. Strong and boozy, it’s a crowd pleaser! (Recipe and photo: The Framed Table)
Back to basics, this simple cocktail does nothing more than substitute a manly, spicy alternative to vodka. (Recipe and photo: Relishing It)
A sprig of mint and some lemon spruce up bourbon like the classy Kentucky derby favorite Mint Julep. Never straying far from home, this ginger beer beverage is dubbed the Mighty Kentucky Mule. (Recipe and photo: In Sock Monkey Slippers)
Nothing like some Georgia peaches to sweeten up your summer cocktail. Add some lime, vodka, and ginger for a Southern belle’s delight. (Recipe and photo: Real Housemoms)
A stormy ginger cocktail is just ginger beer + booze + lime. Give or take an ingredient. Why isn’t the Dark and Stormy called the Stormy Mule? Or the Nor’Easter called the Eastern Mule? Because they dared to be different. Branding and marketing took a play here, but we’ll leave that for another day.
In the islands south of Florida where rum is in abundance, so too are thunder and rain. This classic cocktail is the “perfect storm” of ginger beer, dark rum, and lime. Grab a drink and wait out the rain. (Recipe and photo: Thyme of Taste)
Moving up the coast, New England maple makes an appearance alongside bourbon in this northern adaptation to a stormy cocktail. (Recipe and photo: Pictures and Pancakes)
If you can come up with a clever name for any of these delightful alternative cocktails, we’re all ears! Until now, we’re getting tipsy on “the others.”
Upon returning from the apple orchards with a fresh-picked bushel of apples and some apple cider, we can’t wait to sip on a classy gingery cocktail made for fall! (Recipe and photo: JJBegonia)
Believe it or not, ginger pairs quite nicely with tequila. A little spice, a little burn, and we’ve got ourselves a margarita! (Recipe and photo: Fab Fatale)