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          Gin & Ginger Cocktail

Do you know how to make a red eye Mr Flanagan? Bryan Brown says to Tom Cruise in the movie “Cocktail”. I don’t, and nor do I care. This warm holiday season I’ll be making something fresh, bright and refreshing.  It’s like a gin and tonic but with a little extra kick.

serves 1, multiply as needed


  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 1/2 oz ginger syrup, (recipe follows)
  • 2 oz gin of choice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • 3-4 dashes lime bitters, optional

Ginger Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 inch ginger, peeled and sliced


  1. In a tall glass, muddle mint leaves with ginger syrup.  Add gin, lime juice, ginger beer, and a couple dashes of lime bitters.  Stir together.  Add ice.  Garnish with lime wedges and additional mint leaves.

Ginger Syrup:

  1. In a small sauce pot, combine water, sugar, and sliced ginger.  Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat.  Cover with lid and let ginger steep for 15-20 minutes.  Strain ginger.  Store syrup in fridge until ready to use.  Keeps in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Recipe care of The Little Epicurian