Drinking with Dear Wendy: Bourbon and Ginger

I’m taking a break from drinking until the end of the month, but I made this video a couple weeks ago when I was still over-indulging. It’s based on a drink I discovered at my friend’s wedding in June and subsequently enjoyed most for the summer. I’ve since added bubbly and apple cider to make it a fun larger scale harvest punch, but I will have to share that recipe with you another time. For now, this super simple bourbon and ginger could not be easier to make and it goes down dangerously well. I love it as a transitional summer-to-fall cocktail, and I hope you will, too!

Bourbon and Ginger

3 parts bourbon (I like Bulliet)
2 parts ginger ale (I like Fever Tree)
a couple of maraschino cherries (Jack Rudy bourbon cherries would be great, or Luxardo – which is the name I’m trying to think of in the video – would also work)

Fill a glass three quarters with ice, add the ingredients, stir, and enjoy!


  1. I decided to make this a mostly-Sober September,, and I think I have actually had a more enjoyable month so far than usual…even given the added stress of sending a child back to school and making room in my schedule for some extra family time with my brother visiting from out of town.

    1. It’s been eight days for me without a drink and while there have been moments I really wanted one, it’s mostly been fine, and there have even been some unexpected delights in being temporarily sober. a friend wanted to take me out for a belated bday drink and when I said I wasn’t drinking at the moment, we saw a 1951 french movie at a new movie theater near us, which was fun. This week I’m going to a fundraiser for a political organization where there will be wine (plus lots of people I don’t know, which usually makes me want the social lubrication of a drink) and I think that will be hard – so far, it’s been easy to avoid being tempted by staying away from alcohol. But I can do it.

  2. Make this all the time, but with ginger beer. Yum!

    1. anonymousse says:

      Yes, I loved bourbon with spicy ginger beer. Mmmm. When you’re coming down with a cold, it almost feels like medicine in the best possible way.

      1. When I’m coming down with a cold, I have no qualms about ordering a hot toddy while out and about.

        I mostly mix ginger beer with rum, I should mix with bourbon more.

      2. anonymousse says:

        I love hot toddies! I don’t drink much liquor these days, but I love rum with ginger beer, too. My grandpa grew up in Haiti and he’s still a big fan of Barbancourt. It’s kind of a nice smoky rum.

      3. Ooh, I like smokey liquors. I’ll have to look for that.

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