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Whiskey and ginger sour: Recipe and playlist

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The sun is shining, the weather is sweet yeah (as a certain Bob Marley sang), which means it’s cocktail time. Yes yes, I know it’s cocktail time all year round, but any excuse and all that… 

While this may not be a particularly fruity, summery number, it is sweet, sour, and you will be wanting more. It works especially well if you’re watching Mad Men, or sat in a smoke-hazed room wearing braces and a hat. Other locations and occasions are acceptable.

Old Fashioned and an Iced tea

Playlist for your shaking

From vigorous to mellow, from mixing to drinking.

Ingredients – serves one

50ml whiskey

25ml ginger wine

25ml simple sugar syrup 

35ml lemon juice

Ice cubes

Crushed ice


If you don’t have any sugar syrup, it’s really easily to make. Put a pan on the hob with 2:1 sugar:water ratio. Heat until the sugar has dissolved, decant into a sterilised bottle and leave to cool.

Add all the ingredients to a Boston cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is really cold.

Serve in a tumbler filled with crushed ice and garnish with some lemon rind.


About rachaelhogg

Automotive journalist by day, freelance food & drink, music, showbiz, and lifestyle journalist by night.

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