thirsty thursday | ginger rogers

This Ginger Rogers has been my drink of choice this summer, when I’ve been motivated enough to get out a few bar tools, rather than crack open a beer or pop open a bottle of wine.  So really, those times have been few & far between…but when it’s happened, it’s been for the Ginger Rogers.

ginger rogers | life with the lushersThis drink has a lot going for it with mint, freshly squeezed lime juice, homemade vanilla ginger syrup, GIN…& I love it even more when topped off with Blenheim Old #3 Hot Ginger Ale.

makes 1 cocktail

8-10 mint leaves
1/2 oz vanilla ginger simple syrup, recipe below
2 oz gin
1/2 freshly squeezed lime juice
ice, for chilling
ginger ale, to top
lime wedge, for garnish

Fill a tall, 10-14oz glass with ice & set aside.

Place the mint leaves in the palm of your hand & clap your hands a few times to start releasing the flavor.  Add the mint to a cocktail shaker with the vanilla ginger syrup & muddle it just a bit.  Add the gin, lime juice & ice.  Shake well & strain into the prepared glass.  Top with ginger ale, garnish with lime & cheers!

adapted from Post Prohibition, Handcrafted Libations


makes 1 cup

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh ginger, grated
2 vanilla beans or 2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over high heat.  Bring to a boil, then remove from heat & let cool.

Once cool, strain out the ginger & vanilla bean pods.  Will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks (adding a splash of vodka might make it last a little longer).

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4 Responses to thirsty thursday | ginger rogers

  1. chana says:

    maybe you can convert me. That looks awesome. I know nothing about cocktails. Just a beer/wine girl. 🙂

  2. Abigail says:

    My favorite gin cocktail is a French 75, might really tickle your fancy. Lol


  3. Margaret says:

    I found your blog when I had an urge to eat popcorn with mustard on it and went looking for a recipe to see if I should go with powdered or prepared mustard. So now I’m totally addicted to Dijon popcorn, and it’s been fun checking out your other stuff, especially looking for something tasty to drink with the popcorn. So I’m wondering, how much is “1/4 ginger”, or is there a word missing from the Ginger Rogers recipe?

    • the lushers says:

      Cup! It should say cup! My proofreader missed that 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by…that popcorn is one of my very favorite things, too.

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