Spicy, sweet and sparkling, ginger beer is one of the most underrated and often misunderstood cocktail ingredients out there. The biting, fermented mixture of ginger, yeast and sugar is neither alcoholic like beer, nor super-sweet like ginger ale. Its bold, punchy nature makes it great for whipping up extra-easy cocktails with little to no extra ingredients. Whether it’s mixed with cozy baking spices in the cooler months, or fresh fruit and bright herbs in the warmer seasons, ginger beer should be a staple in your cocktail repertoire year-round. Here, the best cocktails made with ginger beer.
5 Best Ginger Beer Cocktails
Arguably the most well know ginger beer-tail there is, the Moscow Mule is hard to top. Clean, neutral vodka lets robust ginger beer shine, so don’t skimp on the quality of the brew. If you’ve had a less-than-satisfactory Moscow Mule in the past, chances are you’ve had it with a less-than-stellar ginger beer or, heaven forbid, ginger ale. Try mixing it up with Fever-Tree or, for an extra-spicy cocktail, try Reed’s.
With its complex depth of flavor, this blend of ginger beer and dark rum goes beyond most basic highballs. The tropical recipe is proprietary to Gosling's Black Seal rum, but we promise not to rat you out to the Dark and Stormy police if you use a different brand.
A British favorite, the Pimm's Cup is a bountiful, boozy garden in a glass. This cocktail will taste scrumptious with any variety of fruit, but the classic combination of cucumbers, strawberries, citrus and mint is unbeatable. Stateside, fizzy British lemonade is replaced with spicy ginger beer for an ultra-refreshing, picnic-time sipper.
Pimm’s No. 1
British Lemonade or ginger beer
fresh lemon juice
This spritzy take on a Mint Julep from Coltivare in Houston combines homemade peach syrup with mint, lemon juice, bourbon and ginger beer. It’s sweet, tart and easily turned into a mocktail—the flavors can stand on their own without bourbon, thanks to the ginger beer. We, of course, will always opt for bourbon.
A traditional switchel, aka “Nature’s Gatorade,” is a funky mix of fermented maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and ginger that’s loaded with electrolytes. Our boozy version is unfermented, but maintains switchel’s signature nasal passage-opening pungency with ginger beer. Throw in some bourbon and a candied ginger garnish, and you’ve got yourself a hydrating, autumnal tipple that’ll leave you feeling ready to take on the day.