Classic Cocktail: King’s Ginger

If you read Marco’s last post, you’ll know that he recently gifted me a bottle of King’s Ginger Liqueur for my birthday.

As my fellow blogger and next door neighbour, we often get together and share recipes – bouncing ideas off each other and just shooting the sh!t. In that vein, he recently ‘borrowed’ (Note: stole) the very bottle he gifted me to write about the Twinger Cocktail – a refreshing and accessible drink that highlights the King’s Ginger. Luckily, I was able to get my bottle back and enjoy it once again – substantially depleted, mind you.

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This particular liqueur has been around for over 100 years and is made from ginger root and lemon oils. I even enjoy it on the rocks as it’s beautifully-balanced and doesn’t have a strong, boozy aftertaste.

Since it’s a premium bottle (and because Marco has been pressuring me to write a post about it), I felt the most appropriate recipe to tackle was its very own namesake – The King’s Ginger Cocktail. It’s an excellent showcase of the liqueur, and similar to the Blue Moon, it highlights its main ingredient front and center.


1 ½ oz King’s Ginger
1 oz mezcal
1 oz grapefruit juice
½ oz lime juice
Club soda

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add all the ingredients except for the club soda and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with club soda, and gently stir. Garnish with a quarter grapefruit wheel and blackberries.

The result is a refreshing, beautiful-looking cocktail with notes of ginger, grapefruit, and smoke. The smokiness from the mezcal pairs very nicely with the ginger and gives the whole drink a pleasant kick. In fact, the combination has piqued my interest in terms of how the two ingredients can be incorporated in future recipes. Having the grapefruit and blackberries on the nose adds a subtle touch to round everything out.

I think it’s safe to say that Marco and I are big fans of the King’s Ginger. Between this cocktail and the Twinger, we’re not sure which one we like more, but it’s only encouraged us to start thinking of our own recipes to see what we can come up with.

It may interest you to know that Marco is no longer my next door neighbour. After six great years, he recently moved a couple blocks away…which means that my booze will finally be safe from his excessive borrowing/stealing.

But I will truly miss the sharing of recipes, yard work, laughs, and good times.

Cheers neighbour.

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