Game Day Drinks

Aug 28 2013

by Kate Reynolds

This weekend I’m heading over to Atlanta to spend the official end of summer with my brother and sister-in-law. When I called to confirm my visit I was told that yes, they still wanted me to come but that the Georgia/Clemson game was on Saturday night and that was a non-negotiable event.

I’ll admit, I’m not a diehard football girl, being from Virginia, it doesn’t run in my blood like it does further down south. However, a quick promise of some game day drinks and I was quickly sold. I sent a couple fall inspired recipes over to my brother but have to say I’m most looking forward to this one from Hugh Acheson’s 5 and 10 via Garden and Gun.

Image credit: Margaret Houston

Ginger Syrup
½ cup fine turbinado sugar
½ cup water
¼ lb. fresh ginger root (peeled and finely grated)

In a small saucepot bring the sugar, water, and ginger to a boil. Turn off the heat, and allow to steep and cool for one hour. Strain off the ginger pieces, and reserve the syrup.

To Serve
(makes 1)
Large ice cubes
3 oz. of your favorite bourbon
1 tbsp. ginger syrup
2 slices fresh ripe pear
2 oz. soda water

Fill a 10 oz. highball glass with ice. Add bourbon and ginger syrup, and stir. Add pear slices and pour soda water to the top of the glass. Stir gently.



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