Emma’s Whiskey Ginger Recipe

Homemade whiskey gingerWe just adore whiskey gingers during the hot summer months. I had a few of these while on our trip to Hawaii last month so I think they will now be a "beach drink" in my mind forevermore. But I don't live near a beach. So I'll just take the beach memories for now. It is easy enough to combine store-bought ginger ale and whiskey for a quick whiskey ginger. But I love this recipe because the ginger taste is so much stronger! All you need to make your own homemade whiskey gingers is ginger syrup (recipe below), whiskey, club soda and if you're feeling fancy some candied ginger for garnish (instructions below). Let's get our ginger on folks!

Homemade ginger syrup + candied gingerGinger Syrup, makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Needed: 1 cup water, 2 cups sugar, 2 cups grated and thinly sliced ginger root.

Grate and slice up your ginger, set aside. In a pot combine the water and sugar. Over medium heat stir until the sugar is dissolved. Now add in the ginger and simmer on low/medium heat for 30 minutes. Allow this to cool slightly and strain the syrup, reserving the ginger slices. Store this in a seal container in your refrigerator for up to a month.

Homemade ginger syrup + candied gingerEasy Candied Ginger, makes about 1 cup

Needed: the reserved ginger slices from making ginger syrup and 1/3 cup sugar.

Rinse off the ginger slices and pat dry. Dip each in the sugar and place on a paper towel. Allow these to dry out for a couple of hours. Use to garnish drinks or other foods. You can just eat these too, but they are quite strong. You have been warned.

Whiskey ginger suppliesWhiskey ginger suppliesWhiskey ginger suppliesTo make your whiskey gingers combine 3-4 tablespoons ginger syrup, 2 cups club soda, and a shot of whiskey. Add ice and garnish with a candied ginger slice. You can adjust these to be as strong as you like. Or you can leave the whiskey out and still have a lovely ginger drink. 

Whiskey ginger recipe Enjoy! xo. Emma

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  • I don’t love whiskey too. But I love ginger. Looks really tempting!!!

  • I am making this tonight! I instantly got a craving as soon as I read this post, so I am taking the opportunity on my day off to make some ginger syrup. 🙂

  • Just made one of these to start off my weekend. So refreshing, as it has finally hit the 80s here in Oregon 🙂

    In response to:
    My Question: Do you peel the ginger first? and what is the easiest way to do that (there are so many nooks and crannies)

    I peeled mine, and an easy trick is to take a metal spoon and run it across the peel. It will scrape off easily! Hope that helps 🙂

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  • My hubby and I make a similar drink. It’s called a dark and stormy – we use craft ginger ale and spiced rum (Kraken is our fav)poured over ice. I’m excited to make a dark & stormy using your syrup recipe!

  • Looks good! Never had one, will have to give it a try.
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  • I love a “Jimmy & Ginger”, this sounds lovely! Have you tried it with Scotch? just wondering if it would taste the same as with Irish whiskey

  • This looks amazing! Definitely an upgrade to our version (just ginger ale and Jameson aptly named a Big Ginger)

    My Question: Do you peel the ginger first? and what is the easiest way to do that (there are so many nooks and crannies)


  • Mm.. I love whisky and I love ginger so I had to make this right away.. Thanks for the recipe! I am sitting in my balcony in Oslo now with my own, it really is so good 😀

  • These look so delicious! I’m a huge ginger fan in all forms, even perfume. 🙂

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  • I’ve been looking for whiskey recipes! This is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  • A: yea.. it really does depend on your glass size. We don’t like to make these super strong… but that part is totally up to your taste! XO

    Thanks, Elsie! I guess I like my drinks strong! I do normally just drink Bulleit on the rocks, sooooo that may be an indicator of my taste 😉

  • whiskey ginger is my favorite! I love bulliet bourbon, but I tend to go for jameson when mixing 🙂 so sweet and smooooooth!

  • I just started drinking whiskey, I can’t wait to try this. Looks delicious!

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  • I love ginger and never thought of making homemade syrup…will have to give this a try!

  • Mmmm! Ginger syrup has been on my list of things to make this summer so I’ll have to try it out soon! I made rhubarb – brown sugar syrup the other day and it was super wonderful with sparking water!

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  • Definitely saving this recipe for this summer! Thanks for sharing, Emma!


  • I’m sorry for being truly ignorant, but I’m confused by how you grate and then slice the ginger root. I’m not experienced with working with ginger, so I guess what I don’t understand is what you’re using to grate the ginger. Please forgive me if this is a really stupid question. This recipe looks yummy though, so I really want to try making Jack and Gingers with it.

  • Yummy! I loooove ginger. I’m going to have to try this.


  • omg these look amazing! ginger is one of my favourite things, so I am definitely going to have to have a play and make these!

  • I know these by another name– a dark and stormy. This recipe looks great though!

  • Oh these sounds great. Gin and Ginger have been my drink of choice for sometime now. whiskey may become a new contender. Also if you haven’t tried the gin and ginger ale aka gin buck, you need to.

  • Whiskey gingers are my husbands favorite drink. I may have to take this recipe and surprise him one night after a long day at work!

  • YUM!!! This looks so delicious!!

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  • That looks great. I’ll by making the syrup this week as a must have!
    Ginger is my favourite thing ever!

  • I’ve never been more excited about a drink recipe from you! I usually order whiskey-gingerale or whiskey-gingerbeer, but this looks about a million times better! Can’t wait to try this one out!!


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  • mm I love a whiskey sour, never had a whiskey ginger so this will be my summer drink of 2012 I think

  • This looks like something my Mum would LOVE! I might have to make it for her one day.

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  • This look so delicious! Also, what font are you using on these pictures? I love it!


  • even though I can’t drink this, I just had to comment and say that you always make everything look SO PRETTY EMMA and ELSIE! 🙂

  • Oh wow this sounds so yummy! I’m a bit of a ginger freak myself, so this really sounds like something I’d adopt as a favorite!


  • I’m not a huge fan of whiskey, but I’d still love to give this a try! If I an’t do the alcoholic version, I’ll probably try plain old seltzer. Yum!

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  • Interesting!

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  • That looks so good… and I can’t believe I’ve never thought to mix ginger ale with whiskey (of course this version sounds much better).

  • Mmmm that looks so good! i will be trying this out,


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  • Nice recipe i will need to try this
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  • I’m a whiskey sour girl, but now I definitely want to try a whiskey ginger, are they similar? 🙂

  • anything with a strong kick of REAL ginger is right up my alley. this might actually be the first time my mouth has actually watered of the idea of an alcoholic drink! they look delicious. xo. http://blog.tarapolly.com

  • Hmm that’s a dilemma. I don’t really like whiskey, it burns my whole mouth. I swear, I can feel it going down the esophagus. However, and here comes a good however, I pretty much adore the lemony taste of ginger. I use it in my teas, my food, my sweet delights and so on. I really wonder what this combination would be like. Probably something like KABAAAM for my tongue and brain! 🙂


  • I don’t usually like ginger but these look so good, I might give them a try.


  • That looks awesome! I must try it!


  • I have never tried a whiskey cocktail drink – I may try this as I only ever drunk JD and Coke! Plus ginger is lovely!

    I made strawberry daiquiri ice lollies after seeing your strawberry ice lolly post and was intrigued to test other ideas out!

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  • I really don’t like whiskey but the sirop looks delicious!


  • My boufriend and I love whiskey drinks… I cant wait to try this out!

  • I absolutely LOVE whiskey gingers and have been searching forever to find a recipe to make them at home. Thanks so much for this–I can’t wait to it out!

  • What a Nice Combination I really like ginger drinks but have never trived whiskey, only rum. Have a wonderful Day and Thanks for the inspiration!

  • My usual drink is Jameson and Ginger Ale… this seems like a way to kick it up a notch! *adding ginger to my grocery list*

  • Q: But hold up one second – 2 cups of club soda to 1 shot of whiskey? That can’t be right or it would be the weakest drink out there. Maybe just the other ingredients in the glass first and then top with soda?
    A: yea.. it really does depend on your glass size. We don’t like to make these super strong… but that part is totally up to your taste! XO

  • Yum! Now if the weather would just heat up I could make some of these and go enjoy them on the roof!

  • I don’t like whiskey…but that ginger syrup looks amazing!

  • Yum! Whiskey Gingers are always my first drink out on the town. I’ll have to try making my own for a night in with fresh ginger now. 🙂

  • These cocktails are RIGHT up my alley!

    But hold up one second – 2 cups of club soda to 1 shot of whiskey? That can’t be right or it would be the weakest drink out there. Maybe just the other ingredients in the glass first and then top with soda?

    Can’t wait to try (a much stronger 😉 version!

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