Simplicity sometimes gets an undeserved reputation of being synonymous with bland. This, my friends, is patently untrue. While simple can sometimes be boring, if done well, simplicity is classic, refreshing, and pleasant.
Ginger ale is a perfect “adult” mixer. Once your palate has moved beyond the saccharine sweetness of other soft drinks, it offers a sweetness accented by the sharp but delightful flavor of ginger. If you like that pungency, you can try this with a bit more booze and ginger beer (try finding the “craft” versions that contain whole pieces of this friendly rhizome).
A cocktail is a perfect way to kick off a party. But when you’re juggling the preparation of appetizers and trying to get dinner in the oven, said cocktail must be simple. With an Irish inspired dinner last week, I broke out a bottle of Irish whiskey. If you’re a purist, by all means drink it neat or buy something cheap for the cocktail. I can certainly appreciate a nice snifter but chose to use something drinkable. I tend to believe that you should start with something you’d drink, even if you are going to mix it or cook with it.
(Ginger & Whiskey Cocktail)
Ice, large cubes
1.5 oz. Irish whiskey
1/4 orange, juiced
Directions: In a highball glass (a tumbler will work fine too!), stir whiskey and orange juice with ice. Top with ginger ale and stir gently once or twice.