I've just started acquiring a taste for bourbon. However, you won't find me drinking it on the rocks yet. The intense alcohol flavor is still too much for my pallet. I do love bourbon mixed with ginger and a bit of sweetness though. Adding these really helps to bring out the whiskey flavors. The classic is bourbon with a splash of ginger ale. I wanted to experiment though with fresh ginger. I made a tasty ginger simple syrup, but I was thinking it also might be fun to steep some bourbon with ginger too.
Ingredients for one cocktail:
1 shot of bourbon
1/2 shot of ginger simple syrup*
a splash of tonic water
This is so complicated to make. Over ice, pour in bourbon and syrup. Add tonic. Stir.
*Slice up a piece of ginger, and remember, the finer you chop it, the stronger the flavor. Bring one cup of water, one cup of sugar, and ginger pieces to a boil. Don't forget to stir. Remove from heat and let cool. Some may want to strain the ginger pieces out, but not me. I say leave them in and the longer they sit in the syrup, the more gingery it will get!