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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!

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  • Donna September 16, 2019, 1:07 pm

    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.

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      Dear Wendy September 16, 2019, 3:52 pm

      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.

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  • Buttery September 16, 2019, 2:44 pm

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

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    • anonymousse September 16, 2019, 3:55 pm

      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.

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      • ktfran September 16, 2019, 4:05 pm

        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.

      • anonymousse September 16, 2019, 4:55 pm

        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.

      • ktfran September 16, 2019, 5:06 pm

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


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