Classic: Twinger

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that the lads here at FMMS like exchanging different spirits and liqueurs over the holidays and at special occasions. Being the great friend that I am, I gifted a unique and delicious bottle, The King’s Ginger, to Mano on the 32nd anniversary of his birth.

Photos by ADV Photography

What might come as a surprise, however, is that I’ve been waiting nearly 100 days in eager anticipation of a post entitled “The King’s Ginger: Thanks, Marco.”

Alas, nothing but purple drinks and sherry fill his recent activity.

I’m sure this was an innocent oversight. Nevertheless, the bottle is now sitting on my bar, having been “mistakenly” placed in my bag after our last FMMS meeting. I do plan on giving the bottle back (I mean, I’m not a complete jerk), but not before finishing half of it and testing new cocktails. No one tell Mano, let’s just keep this between us.

The King’s Ginger

The King’s Ginger was created in the early 1900’s for King Edward VII of England as a tool to revitalize him after facing the elements while driving his car. Really, who doesn’t need a stiff cocktail after driving into work in the morning?

“Man, I need a drink” – King Edward VII (probably)
“Commissioned by the Royal Physician to stimulate and revivify His Majesty whilst exposed to the elements on morning rides in his new horseless carriage”


This spirit is made from ginger root and lemon oils and packs quite a punch at 41% ABV. Unlike other ginger-based liqueurs, King’s Ginger is quite pleasant on the rocks and isn’t overly sweet.

The Twinger Cocktail

I must admit, I started my adventure with this spirit in a pretty unoriginal way; by going to the official King’s Ginger website. There, I found an extensive list of possible cocktails and figured I’d give one a go, albeit with a couple of tweaks. The Twinger gets its name from the “twin gingers” in the recipe (the spirit and the ginger beer) and is great for those who really love ginger, as you’d expect.

I added lime juice and bitters to the original recipe as I felt it rounded off the sweetness of the liqueur a bit more.

2 oz King’s Ginger liqueur
½ oz lime juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes lime bitters
Ginger beer

In a shaker, add the King’s Ginger, lime juice, bitters, and ice, then shake well. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass and top with ginger beer.

The result is a very intense, but refreshing ginger flavour. It’s a light and easy drink, perfectly appropriate for the warm spring and summer months and extremely accessible for those that are new to ginger liqueur.

With this cocktail under my belt, I think I’m ready to give Mano his bottle back. Although, I may need a bit more after facing the elements on my lengthy car ride to his place. Too bad he lives right next door.

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