Ginger Winter Shrug
We're always on the lookout for great drinks here at Fire Cider HQ, especially ones that work as cocktails and mocktails. We can't think of a better way to brighten up a dreary mid-winter day than with a bright, slightly bubbly drink to help you shrug it all off! Pulling together inspiration from a few different sources, we've combined the tart tang of our Honey-Free Fire Cider with the dark, complex African Bronze honey and the bite of fresh ginger for a drink we think you'll love!
You'll need to start by creating a shrub. This is a sweetened vinegar base that brings a kick of complex flavors to the drink. It's also a great thirst quencher on its own when added to your favorite sparkling water!
You can always make sweetener substitutes here to play around with the flavor. Use a different honey, or coconut or palm sugar, agave syrup or maple syrup!)
Fire Cider Shrub
1 cup water
1/4 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup African Bronze honey
2 cups ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1. In a medium saucepan over low heat combine the first 3 ingredients. Heat and stir frequently until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Add the ginger to your pan and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
3. Strain the liquid into a 1pint or larger mason jar, discard the remaining ginger. To this liquid, add in half as much Fire Cider (we had 12 oz of the ginger honey liquid, so we added 6 oz of Fire Cider but you can eyeball it pretty easily). Store your jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks of drink mixing fun.
If the smell of that shrub doesn't tingle your senses and make your mouth water then we should probably have a talk. Now let's put the final drink together.
1 1/2 oz bourbon (you may omit this ingredient for a stunning mocktail)
1 1/2 oz honey ginger shrub (chilled)
3 oz hard apple cider (we love J.K.'s Scrumpy Farmhouse Cider! but you could also use champagne or a sparkling apple juice)
2-3 large ice cubes
1. Add ice to a cocktail glass.
2. Pour chilled shrub, then bourbon over the ice and give it a stir.
3. Top off with the hard the cider and garnish with a sparkly bit of crystallized ginger.
Now sit back and sip on this smooth, not-too-sweet glass of tart, apple-y, ginger goodness and shrug off the worries of the day.