The Ginger Snap Cocktail

Ginger Snap Cocktail

The ginger spice is a prized and valuable spice imported from the Native parts of South Asia; but historians have traced it back to India. Whatever the case, it is a fine root that has many purposes when cooking, and mixing of drinks such as cocktails.  It was also used for medicinal purposes and eventually found its way to ancient Rome, then Africa and then the Caribbean Islands.

During the medieval times, this sweet root was imported to the European countries where it was preserved for baking goods, such as cookies and cakes (ehow.com, 2014).  Hence, here comes the ginger snap cookie turned Ginger snap cocktail.

The Wonderful Cookie Smell

Some cookies are distinguished, at first, because of the way they smell. Chocolaty, vanilla or banana-like, raisin or oatmeal smell all come to mind when thinking of sweet cookies.  Yet, the sound of a cookie has to be somewhat a different experience altogether.  Let’s take for instance the ginger snap cookie.  Traditionally, these cookies are also known as ginger biscuits. Yet, it is the crispy sounds which come from the snap one hears when eating them.  It is derived from gingerbread and was invented hundreds of years ago in colonial times, both in American and European countries, plus each having their own versions of baking them, but all the same they were still considered ginger snaps.

Fast forward and make a drink out of the cookie and you’ll have one sweet, divine drink for a special occasion.

 

Cocktail with a Blend of Tastes

Some of those sweet tastes and spices can blend well with sugar or cinnamon cookies.  They are guaranteed winners for an amazing cocktail drink. The true definition of a cocktail is the “mixture of spirits, water, sugar, and bitters” or a beverage with botanical matters, such that “the end result is characterized by bitter or bittersweet flavor.”

There are a variety of cocktails. But, the enjoyment of the ginger snap cocktail, rest assure, is great at this time of year.  This cocktail with a fine chocolate or dessert will fill your mood into a festive celebration.

 

The Snappy Recipe

Not all of the comfort drinks this winter need a bunch of ingredients. Some to enjoy this winter have some sweetness to the mix such as eggnog. But you’ll only need three main ingredients in this cocktail plus the final touch. To boost the holiday spirit, the Ginger Snap Cocktail is a fine mix of fresh 4 oz. of eggnog, .75 oz. of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, .5 oz of ginger brandy, and 1 ginger snap which is optional.  In a blender, add the Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, the ginger brandy, eggnog and blend to desired consistency. Your final touch after you pour the drink into your glass is to dunk in a ginger snap, naturally. Voile!

Filling in your glass with this perfectly sweet cocktail will have your guests wanting more. Some of chocolaty favorites to eat with the ginger snap cocktails are chocolate orange truffle cake,  chocolate turtle cake

or chocolate truffles in a variety of assortments.

 

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Get Ready for Cocktails!

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Everyone wants to be the “hostess with the mostest” during the holiday season. One of the best ways to have the most festive party is to have a great bar. The good news is that a great bar doesn’t have to be a lot of work. We are going to discuss two different simple syrups—that can be made ahead of time—and two different killer cocktail recipes, and one mocktail recipe that will get the party going and keep your guests coming back for more.
A simple syrup is a solution of flavoring, water, and sugar that become the sweet base for your cocktail. Use tastes of the season to keep party festive.
Apple Cinnamon Simple Syrup
2 cups of very hot water
2 cups—lightly packed—brown sugar
6 red apple peels
1 cinnamon stick
Stir all of the ingredients together and let them simmer for 30 minutes or so on low heat. If you make this on the day of the party, it makes your house smell fabulous. Strain the solution in to a bottle and store in your refrigerator until you are ready to use.
Honey Simple Syrup
½ cup honey
½ cup water
Stir them together in a pot and let them heat over medium heat just until they are entirely incorporated. Store in an airtight bottle in the refrigerator.
When it’s time to make the drinks, you now have a few very versatile syrups to help make your cocktails (and mocktails) stand out.
A Slice of Apple Pie Cocktail
8 oz of Everclear
3 cups Apple Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Cinnamon stick—for garnish

Mix this drink ahead of time in a pitcher. Rim your glasses with sugar and cinnamon mix.
*Note, Everclear is a very potent alcohol; err on the side of too little rather than too much. These cocktails have a real kick.*

A Virgin Long Island Ice Tea
Yes, a long Island Ice Tea is a notoriously potent cocktail. For the non-drinkers in the group, serve one without alcohol. Use the Honey Simple Syrup as a sweetener for black ice tea on the rocks. Garnish with a slice of lemon. It will be the best ice tea your guest has ever had.
The Honeybee
2 oz of white rum
1 tablespoon of Honey Simple Syrup
½ oz of lemon juice
Shake all of the ingredients together in shaker and serve on the rocks. Serve in a chilled glass. If you are feeling festive, add an extra squeeze of honey.