Food & Drink: Bourbon Cherry Ginger Fizz Cocktail for a New Year's Eve Celebration
A Bubbly Bourbon Cocktail to Ring in the New Year!
While Champagne will always be the traditional drink of choice for New Year's Eve, it is always fun to have a selection of drinks and mixers available. Every year I have a signature cocktail for everyone to try as the celebration gets under way during the evening.
There is nothing better than ushering in 2017 with a glass of sparkling Bourbon Cherry Ginger Fizz. This by far is one of my favorite cocktails to make – fresh, festive, colorful and super easy to make.
This recipe makes enough for four cocktails, but make as much simple syrup to have on hand as you want and your guests can mix their own throughout the evening. I like to have a "mixing" card at the bar; they look very festive in a silver frame, with very simple directions for whipping up the signature cocktail.
This one is sure to be a hit at your party, so here we go!
Bourbon Cherry Ginger Fizz Cocktail
This festive and beautiful cocktail is a great addition to the lineup for your New Year’s Celebration. It has just the right amount of Fizz from Ginger Beer to add to your bubbly festivities.
½ cup granulated light brown sugar
½ cup of water
2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 cup Bourbon
Maraschino cherries for garnish
In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add brown sugar, water, cherry juice and fresh ginger. Bring to a simmer and stir constantly until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Fill a rocks glass half way with ice. Add ¼ cup Bourbon to the glass. Add a tablespoon (or more to suit your taste) of the simple syrup. Fill the remainder of the glass with Ginger Beer. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and or a lime wedge.
Since this particular cocktail is for New Year’s Eve, I use pretty little cocktail sticks with a sparkly topper and alternate drunken cherries with candied ginger. This just adds a little extra “happy” to the cocktail.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a happy and blessed 2017! Until next time...Godspeed!