Thai Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail

Experience a fusion of East and West in every sip with this Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail, artfully mixed with Thai-infused gin and a splash of citrus, for a tempting treat.

A highball glass filled with a Bourbon and Ginger cocktail.

Looking to spice up your sipping game? I’m kind of on a bourbon kick lately. After making that Bourbon Pecan Tart, I had a whole bottle of bourbon left over, so I decided to play with a few cocktail recipes.

As you know, I’m obsessed with Thai food and drink, so naturally, I had to dream up a Thai Bourbon cocktail. This cocktail is here to bring good vibes and a whole lot of flavor to your glass. Cheers to the mix that’s as easygoing as it is bold!

Reasons to Love this Cocktail

  • The bourbon’s warmth perfectly complements the ginger’s zing, creating a timeless and beloved flavor pairing.
  • Ginger adds a refreshing, spicy kick that invigorates the senses.
  • Thai Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail is a versatile drink. It’s suitable for any occasion, from casual gatherings to elegant parties.
  • The rich, smooth taste of bourbon is a crowd-pleaser, offering a satisfying depth.

Recipe Ingredients

A highball glass filled with a Bourbon and Ginger cocktail garnished with a lime wheel.
  • Bourbon: Imparts a rich, smooth, and slightly sweet flavor and provides a warm depth essential for balancing the cocktail’s other zesty and spicy notes.
  • Wild Lime Leaf Infused Gin: Adds a unique, fragrant citrus note.
  • Orange Juice: Contributes a natural sweetness and fruity brightness that balances the stronger flavors of bourbon and ginger.
  • Lime Juice: Introduces a sharp, tangy element, cutting through the sweetness.
  • Ginger Beer: Offers a spicy, effervescent kick and enhances the cocktail’s texture.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Ginger Ale: Use ginger ale instead of ginger beer for a less intense ginger flavor but similar effervescence.
  • Kaffir Lime Infused Gin: Kaffir lime leaves offer a more intense lime flavor for a bolder gin infusion.
  • Sparkling Water and Ginger Syrup: Mix sparkling water with ginger syrup for a DIY ginger beer alternative.
  • Honey Bourbon: Honey bourbon gives a sweeter, smoother twist while maintaining the bourbon essence.
  • Mandarin Juice: Mandarin juice is a great substitute for orange juice, offering a similar but slightly different citrus note.

How to Make This Thai Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail

Step #1: Add all the ingredients, except for the ginger beer, to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Step #2: Shake and strain equal amounts into two highball glasses filled with ice.

Step #3: Top each glass with 3 ounces of ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel.

Two glasses of Thai Bourbon and Ginger cocktail on a table.

Expert Tips

  • Creative Garnishing: Top this drink with a lemon peel, or sprinkle a few drops of Angostura bitters on the foam at the top of the drink.
  • Measure Ingredients: Use a jigger to measure ingredients accurately for consistent flavor.
  • Avoid Over-Shaking: Over-shaking can dilute the cocktail too much, so shake just until it’s cold.
  • Fine Strain: Use a fine strainer to avoid small ice chips in your drink for a smoother texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of whiskey instead of bourbon in the Thai Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail?

Yes, you can use different types of whiskey such as rye, Scotch, or Irish whiskey for a variation in flavor. Rye will add a spicier note, Scotch introduces a smokier profile, and Irish whiskey offers a smoother, milder flavor.

How can I make this cocktail sweeter?

Adjust the sweetness by adding a small amount of simple syrup, maple syrup, or increasing the orange juice.

Can I use rum or vodka instead of bourbon in the Thai Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute bourbon with rum or vodka. Rum will add a sweeter, sometimes spiced flavor, enhancing the cocktail’s tropical character. Vodka, being more neutral, will allow the ginger’s flavors, citrus, and infused gin to be more prominent.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Absolutely, for a non-alcoholic mocktail, simply leave out the bourbon and gin. Mix together the citrus juices and replace the ginger beer with non-alcoholic ginger beer or ginger soda for a refreshing alternative.

Why is a highball glass recommended for the Thai Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail?

A highball glass is recommended for the Thai Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail as its design is perfect for highball cocktails, which typically have a higher ratio of non-alcoholic mixer to spirit. Its tall and narrow shape helps preserve the carbonation and chilled temperature of the drink.

Storage Info

The Thai Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail is ideally consumed fresh and is not suited for long-term storage. If you have leftover ingredients, it’s best to store them individually in the fridge and mix a fresh cocktail as needed.

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A highball glass filled with a Bourbon and Ginger cocktail.

Thai Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail Recipe

Experience a fusion of East and West in every sip with this Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail, artfully mixed with Thai-infused gin and a splash of citrus, for a tempting treat.
4.4 from 99 votes
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Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Thai
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 420kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 2 oz wild lime leaf infused gin* - (See notes on how to make this.)
  • Juice of one orange
  • Juice of half of one lime
  • 6 oz ginger beer

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients, except for the ginger beer, to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake and strain equal amounts into two highball glasses filled with ice.
  • Top each glass with 3 ounces of ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel.

NOTES

*Combine 8 wild lime leaves (found in Asian supermarkets and most Whole Foods) with 16 ounces gin and let infuse for minimum 24 hours.
Storage Info:
The Thai Bourbon and Ginger Cocktail is ideally consumed fresh and is not suited for long-term storage. If you have leftover ingredients, it’s best to store them individually in the fridge and mix a fresh cocktail as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 159mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 47g

Enjoy Responsibly. This post and recipe are intended for those of legal drinking age.

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  1. Any drink with an umbrella in it, gets my attention and I am not kidding. Now having said that, it would be difficult to have the umbrella and have the drink in a sippy cup. I love the title of the drink and I love the drink. I am working on developing my palate for bourbon drinks. I know. I know. It’s difficult, but I am persistent. Ha!