Adam Seger's Homemade Ginger Beer

Homemade Ginger Beer Spiked with Guest's Choice of American Craft Spirits

  • sparkling water
  • 1½ ounces spirit of choice
  • ginger syrup (recipe follows)
  • lemon wedge

For ginger syrup (makes 3½ cups):

  • ½ pound fresh ginger root, cleaned and sliced thin
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 split vanilla bean
  • 1½ cups demerara or turbinado sugar
  • ½ cups cane sugar
  • 2 cups water

Fill a highball glass with ice. Fill two-thirds full with cold sparkling water. Add 1 ½ ounces spirit of choice. Top with homemade ginger syrup (or purchased). Stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Finish with a natural, biodegradable paper straw (optional).

American craft spirit recommendations:

Boyd & Blair Single Pot Still Potato Vodka, Pennsylvania Northshore Gin, Lake Bluff, Illinois Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon, West Virginia

Image: Charles Bird King. Still Life on a Green Table Cloth, c. 1815. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of Mrs. Samuel Parkman Oliver.

Adam Seger

Mixologist, CCP