Ginger Julep Cocktail Drink

Ginger Julep

Are you looking for a lively fall cocktail? This Ginger Julep recipe is your answer! It’s a tasty drink, easy to make with simple ingredients.

Ginger Julep Recipe

Delight in this easy-to-make Ginger Julep recipe! The mix of bourbon, fresh ginger, mint and Angostura bitters offers a refreshing taste of autumn.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

176 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 fresh ginger slice
  • 1 cane sugar cube
  • 5 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • 1 dash Ginger Beer
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig, ginger slice & icing sugar (for garnish, optional)

Equipment

  • Julep Cup or Old Fashioned Glass
  • Muddler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Add Sugar Cube: Place 1 cane sugar cube in your Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add Angostura aromatic bitters: Pour 5 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters over the sugar cube.
  • Add Ginger Beer: Measure and pour 1 dash Ginger Beer on the sugar cube as well.
  • Add Ginger Slice: Cut 1 fresh ginger slice in 2 and place it in the glass.
  • Muddle: Muddle the ginger pieces and the sugar cube together. Make sure to reduce the sugar cube to powder so it will fully dissolve later on.
  • Add Mint: Place 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack it with the other, to release its aromas. Add the mint to the Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add Bourbon: Measure and pour 2 oz Bourbon into the glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients.
  • Add Ice: Add a straw and top up with more crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a mint sprig and a thin ginger slice. Sprinkle some icing sugar on top and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, you can substitute rye whiskey or brandy. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the ginger and mint.
  • Angostura Bitters: You can use other kinds of spicy, old fashioned style bitters to make this cocktail if you want; just make sure to choose bitters that are heavy on the spice and light on the sugar.
  • Ginger Beer: You can use ginger ale or club soda as a substitute for ginger beer.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic bourbon's rich, sweet flavor. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Angostura Bitters: You can add a drop of cinnamon and/or clove essence to your drink or substitute the sugar with cinnamon syrup to mimic the spicy kick of the bitters. Also note that a few dashes of bitter in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink. The drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol and your degree of tolerance on the topic, you can choose to omit the bitters or to include them in your preparation.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular bourbon and bitters, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Ginger Julep cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including bourbon, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
176
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Potassium
 
11
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
13
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
0.2
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Ginger Julep Cocktail Drink

Ginger Julep Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Delight in this easy-to-make Ginger Julep recipe! The mix of bourbon, fresh ginger, mint and Angostura bitters offers a refreshing taste of autumn.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 176

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 fresh ginger slice
  • 1 cane sugar cube
  • 5 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • 1 dash Ginger Beer
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig - ginger slice & icing sugar (for garnish, optional)

Equipment

  • Julep Cup or Old Fashioned Glass
  • Muddler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Add Sugar Cube: Place 1 cane sugar cube in your Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add Angostura aromatic bitters: Pour 5 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters over the sugar cube.
  • Add Ginger Beer: Measure and pour 1 dash Ginger Beer on the sugar cube as well.
  • Add Ginger Slice: Cut 1 fresh ginger slice in 2 and place it in the glass.
  • Muddle: Muddle the ginger pieces and the sugar cube together. Make sure to reduce the sugar cube to powder so it will fully dissolve later on.
  • Add Mint: Place 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack it with the other, to release its aromas. Add the mint to the Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add Bourbon: Measure and pour 2 oz Bourbon into the glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients.
  • Add Ice: Add a straw and top up with more crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a mint sprig and a thin ginger slice. Sprinkle some icing sugar on top and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, you can substitute rye whiskey or brandy. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the ginger and mint.
  • Angostura Bitters: You can use other kinds of spicy, old fashioned style bitters to make this cocktail if you want; just make sure to choose bitters that are heavy on the spice and light on the sugar.
  • Ginger Beer: You can use ginger ale or club soda as a substitute for ginger beer.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic bourbon's rich, sweet flavor. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Angostura Bitters: You can add a drop of cinnamon and/or clove essence to your drink or substitute the sugar with cinnamon syrup to mimic the spicy kick of the bitters. Also note that a few dashes of bitter in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink. The drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol and your degree of tolerance on the topic, you can choose to omit the bitters or to include them in your preparation.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular bourbon and bitters, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Ginger Julep cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including bourbon, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

What is a Ginger Julep?

A Ginger Julep is a whiskey-based cocktail made of bourbon, fresh mint, fresh ginger, cane sugar, Angostura bitters and a splash of ginger beer.  This drink is a variant of the classic Mint Julep, traditionally associated with the southern United States and the Kentucky Derby.

A side shot of a Ginger Julep cocktail in a julep cup on a white coaster placed on a turquoise tray surrounded by a white cloth, and a bowl with mint and ginger, in front on plant leaves.

What is a Ginger Julep made of – The ingredients

Master the recipe for a Ginger Julep with our clear and concise steps:

  • Fresh Ginger: Adds a spicy, warm kick to the cocktail. It’s the key ingredient that gives the Ginger Julep its distinctive flavor.
  • Mint Leaves: Provide a refreshing, cool contrast to the heat of the ginger. They also add a touch of color to the drink.
  • Bourbon: Serves as the strong, smooth base of the cocktail. Its rich, sweet flavor complements the spiciness of the ginger.
  • Cane Sugar Cube: Balances out the bourbon and ginger with sweetness. It also helps to blend all the flavors.
  • Ginger Beer: Used to help dissolve the sugar cube. It also brings an extra layer of spiciness to the drink.
  • Crushed Ice: Chills and dilutes the drink slightly, making it more refreshing and sippable.
  • Mint sprig, ginger slice & icing sugar: Used as garnishes, they bring an extra pop of color as well as a fresh, aromatic scent to the cocktail.

Bourbon, cane sugar cube, ginger beer, Angostura aromatic bitters, mint leaves and ginger laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Ginger Julep?

Learn the process of crafting a Ginger Julep with our detailed steps:

1
<p>Begin by placing a cane sugar cube in your Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass. The sugar cube serves as the sweet base for your cocktail.</p>

Begin by placing a cane sugar cube in your Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass. The sugar cube serves as the sweet base for your cocktail.

2
<p>Pour 5 dashes of Angostura bitters over the sugar cube. The bitters will add a layer of aromatic complexity and balance the sweetness of the sugar.</p>

Pour 5 dashes of Angostura bitters over the sugar cube. The bitters will add a layer of aromatic complexity and balance the sweetness of the sugar.

3
<p>Measure and pour a bar spoon of ginger beer onto the sugar cube. The ginger beer not only helps to dissolve the sugar but also starts to infuse the drink with its spicy flavor.</p>

Measure and pour a bar spoon of ginger beer onto the sugar cube. The ginger beer not only helps to dissolve the sugar but also starts to infuse the drink with its spicy flavor.

4
<p>Cut a slice of fresh ginger in half and place both pieces in the glass. The fresh ginger will provide a robust, spicy kick to the cocktail.</p>

Cut a slice of fresh ginger in half and place both pieces in the glass. The fresh ginger will provide a robust, spicy kick to the cocktail.

5
<p>Muddle the ginger pieces and the sugar cube together. Be sure to crush the sugar cube into a fine powder so that it fully dissolves later.</p>

Muddle the ginger pieces and the sugar cube together. Be sure to crush the sugar cube into a fine powder so that it fully dissolves later.

6
<p>Take 6-8 fresh mint leaves and gently smack them between your hands to release their essential oils and aroma. </p>

Take 6-8 fresh mint leaves and gently smack them between your hands to release their essential oils and aroma.

7
<p>Add the mint leaves to the glass. The mint will add a refreshing, herbal note to your cocktail.</p>

Add the mint leaves to the glass. The mint will add a refreshing, herbal note to your cocktail.

8
<p>Measure and pour 2 ounces of your preferred Bourbon into the glass. The Bourbon will serve as the base spirit, adding depth and richness to the drink. You can go the next step directly or wait a few minutes for all the flavors to infuse.</p>

Measure and pour 2 ounces of your preferred Bourbon into the glass. The Bourbon will serve as the base spirit, adding depth and richness to the drink. You can go the next step directly or wait a few minutes for all the flavors to infuse.

9
<p>Fill the glass about three-quarters full with crushed ice. The crushed ice will chill the drink quickly and dilute it slightly, ensuring a perfectly balanced cocktail.</p>

Fill the glass about three-quarters full with crushed ice. The crushed ice will chill the drink quickly and dilute it slightly, ensuring a perfectly balanced cocktail.

10
<p>Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, churn the mixture well to combine all the ingredients. This will help to mix the flavors evenly and chill the drink further.</p>

Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, churn the mixture well to combine all the ingredients. This will help to mix the flavors evenly and chill the drink further.

11
<p>Add a straw to the glass and top up with more crushed ice (be generous: the more ice, the better!). This keeps the drink cold and ensures it stays refreshing for longer.</p>

Add a straw to the glass and top up with more crushed ice (be generous: the more ice, the better!). This keeps the drink cold and ensures it stays refreshing for longer.

12
<p>Garnish your Ginger Julep with a fresh mint sprig and a thin slice of ginger. For an added touch of elegance.</p>

Garnish your Ginger Julep with a fresh mint sprig and a thin slice of ginger. For an added touch of elegance.

13
<p>Sprinkle a little icing sugar on top. Serve immediately and enjoy the delightful blend of spicy, sweet, and herbal flavors!</p>

Sprinkle a little icing sugar on top. Serve immediately and enjoy the delightful blend of spicy, sweet, and herbal flavors!

History and Origin of the Ginger Julep

The original drink, known as the Mint Julep, was first mentioned in print in 1803 in John Davis’s book ‘Travels of Four Years and a Half in the United States of America.’ It was described as a dram of spirituous liquor with mint, taken by Virginians in the morning. However, in the mid-19th century, this cocktail became associated with the Kentucky Derby, one of the most prestigious horse races in America.

Adding ginger to the traditional Mint Julep is a more recent innovation. The spicy kick of ginger adds a new dimension to the sweet and aromatic Mint Julep, making it an exciting variation of the traditional recipe.

A Ginger Julep cocktail, in a julep cup on a beige surface surrounded by Bourbon, cane sugar cube, ginger beer, Angostura aromatic bitters, mint leaves and ginger

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FAQ

How many calories does a Ginger Julep contain?
A standard serving of Ginger Julep contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Ginger Julep cocktail?
The strength of a Ginger Julep cocktail typically ranges from 25-30% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 50-60 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a Ginger Julep?
Bourbon is the main alcoholic ingredient in a Ginger Julep. The recipe also features some Angostura bitters.
In what kind of glass should a Ginger Julep be served?
Traditionally, a Ginger Julep is served in a metal cup called a Julep tin (or rocks glass if Julep tins are not available).
What does a Ginger Julep taste like?
A Ginger Julep offers a refreshing blend of flavors. The sweetness of the bourbon pairs beautifully with the spiciness of the ginger, while fresh mint leaves add a cooling effect. The result is a balanced cocktail that's sweet and spicy with a refreshing, minty finish. Keep in mind that this is a strong, spirit-forward drink as bourbon is the main component of this cocktail.
How is a Ginger Julep served with ice?
A Ginger Julep is usually served over crushed ice. The ice not only chills the drink but also helps to dilute the strong flavors of the bourbon and ginger, making it more palatable.

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