A Gingery Whiskey Cocktail to Make Holiday Spirits Bright

Ginger, agave, lemon, and rye whiskey come together in a spicy cocktail that can be served straight up or over ice.

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Make-Ahead Tip

Prepare the agave syrup and squeeze the lemon juice up to two days before serving. Store in the fridge



  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 2 Tbs. peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups rye whiskey
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 12 thin lemon slices or 6 strips lemon peel for garnish, optional


  1. Combine agave, ginger, and 1/2 cup hot water in blender; blend until smooth. Strain mixture through fine strainer, pressing down to extract all liquid. Discard solids.
  2. Pour ginger mixture into large jar. Add whiskey, lemon juice, and salt. Shake gently to combine, and chill. 3. To serve: Measure out 1/2 cup liquid, and place in ice-filled shaker. Shake, and strain into martini glass or ice-filled tumbler. Garnish with 2 lemon slices, or slap lemon peel between palms, and float on top of drink, if using.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/2 cup
  • Calories 177
  • Carbohydrate Content 14 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content <1 g
  • Protein Content <1 g
  • Sugar Content 12 g