Spärkel Your Holiday Series: Savoury and Spice
Welcome to our Spärkel Your Holiday Series! In this series, we tasked Beverage Consultant, Monica from Liquid Culture with creating 3 holiday themed cocktails highlighting 1 hero ingredient and WOW, did she deliver! What was her ingredient of choice? GINGER! Here’s the first of three indulgent recipes featuring ginger: Savoury and Spice Whiskey Lemonade!
Savoury and Spice Whiskey Lemonade
By Monica Carbonell of Liquid Culture
Whiskey and Lemonade go together like Peanut Butter and Jam. And much like lemon, Ginger is always such a complimentary flavour when paired with a citrus. Seeing as we have a citrus and heat component, we need to balance off this drink with some sweetness. If I can use Honey over granulated sugar, I always will, and seeing as Honey, Lemon and Ginger combine so well together, it’s exactly what I used for this cocktail. Now the unique twist to this classic combo of flavours is actually Saffron! If you know me well, you know how much I love to cook and experiment with new spices. Knowing how well Lemon and Saffron go together, I knew it would bring a body and weight to this cocktail to take it to the next level.
Listen, I completely understand if Saffron isn’t around the house or you don’t have the budget for it. This cocktail WILL be delicious without it, but for that extra umph and surprising your quarantine bae, add a pinch of this to the bottle (in a cheesecloth or disposable tea bag) and it will go a long way! With that said, this recipe calls for fresh slices of Ginger. You want to completely avoid grating ginger as it can clog up the machine, so keep the slices TALL yet thin. We want to expose as much surface area of the ginger to slightly infuse, without it causing any trouble to your Spärkel machine.
When choosing the whiskey, you do have options. I like something with a bit of body to it and spice, hence why I went with an Irish Whiskey here. You could also go for a tasty Straight Rye Whiskey or an entry level Single Malt Scotch. The thing is, use what you like. If you live and breathe Bourbons, then I’m sure you’ll love it paired with that as well. Even a neutral spirit such as Vodka would work well. I would just avoid the
gin as I don’t think the juniper will lend well to this already powerful palate.
Lastly, why carbonate this whole thing? It keeps things super bright and fresh, which is great when working with a spirit such as whiskey that adds a bit of body to what’s typically viewed as a weighted spirit. Plus, I find it keeps it more approachable for crowds and this is definitely a more “crowd pleasing” creation, especially if you have someone who don’t love the taste of Whiskey! Let them try this and see if their mind has changed.
Savoury and Spice Whiskey Lemonade
- 6 oz Irish Whiskey
- 6 dashes Cinnamon Bitters
- 1.5 oz Lemon Juice
- 1/3 cup Honey Syrup 1:1*
- 1 cup Water
- 4 Lemon Wheels
- 8 thinly sliced ginger slices
- ½ pinch Saffron
- 1 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 handful of ice cubes
A bright and refreshing Lemonade made with Whisky as a base, Lemon and of course Ginger! Uses fresh ginger slices, saffron and cinnamon in a tea bag to allow a delicate, yet impactful flavour to the cocktail.
- In an empty teabag, add your ginger slices and saffron.
- Add teabag to your Spärkel bottle, 4 lemon wheels, and a handful of ice cubes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (break cinnamon stick in half). Close lid. Place Spärkel bottle to the machine, and set the machine to level 3.
- Pour cocktail over fresh ice and stir with additional cinnamon stick.
*To make the Honey Syrup, it’s very simple. Simply combine 1 part boiled water with 1 part honey. Stir well until dissolved. Let it cool to room temperature before use.
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