There’s Ginger Liqueur. Then, there’s The King’s Ginger. The King’s Ginger packs all of the punch and spicy flavors you’d expect from a ginger liqueur. From the name, you can probably tell it was made for a King…and the Queens too. This wonderful spirit was specially formulated for King Edward VII. Cool, right? I’d say so.
The color is of a light golden hue and there’s an instant warming of the palate on the first sip. The spice and warmth of fresh ginger is upfront with some lingering lemony citrus notes. It’s just viscous and smooth enough for great mouthfeel and to sip on it’s own. And. of course, it’s great in cocktails. There are so many options for this spirit. Ginger is a staple cocktail ingredient. The King’s Ginger pairs well with Scotch, Whiskey, Rum, Gin and even Tequila.
For this cocktail, we’re using Tequila and Damson Plums. (It took all of my strength not to name this drink “Damn Son”) You should still be able to find some good plums hanging around your farmer’s market if you can’t find Damson.
The King of Kings:
1/2oz. The King’s Ginger
1/2oz. Damson Plum Syrup
1oz. Lime Juice
For Damson Plum Syrup:
3-4 Damson Plums or other Plum variety
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
Pit and cut the plums into pieces. Add to sugar and water and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. Let the syrup cool, strain plums and bottle.
*Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and double strain into a coupe glass or over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime twist.
**If you want less sweetness, muddle plums instead of making a syrup and use 3/4oz. of The King’s Ginger. Be sure not to use too sour of a plum!
2oz. Blended Scotch
1oz. The King’s Ginger
1oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
1oz. Lemon Juice
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
*Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Cheers!