Bourbon and Lemonade - Ginger cocktail
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Bourbon and Lemonade

Everyone loves a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade in the summer. Bourbon and lemonade is nearly irresistible. Add a little ginger to the mix and impress your guests this summer.

Lemonade is already well known as a refreshing summer beverage. The bright acidity of lemon juice stimulates the palate and quenches thirst like nothing else. Ginger beer, bourbon and lemonade just take this to the next level.

Ginger is a unique flavor. It is both spicy and cooling at the same time. Ginger contains gingerol a flavor compound that is related to capsacin. Ginger gives you that pleasant back of the mouth spiciness that builds slowly.

Bourbon and lemonade work really well together. Bourbon has a lot of vanilla a caramel flavors that play well with citrus. Spice and clove notes from barrel aging add great depth and flavor to this cocktail.

At the same time ginger contains a compound called estragole that actually lowers the temperature in mouth. This makes ginger both stimulating and refreshing. Its a unique combination that helps explain the popularity of ginger beer in hot weather.

Bourbon and Ginger Lemonade

Keyword bourbon, ginger, lemonade
Servings 1 serving


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Ginger beer to top



  1. Combine bourbon, simple syrup, lemon
  2. juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake
  3. vigorously for 10 – 15 seconds. Strain into a
  4. tall glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer.

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