Thanksgiving is just a week away! My parents and sisters are traveling with us to Iowa City to spend the holiday with Danny’s family. Everyone’s so excited! But it’s been a busy November with trips to Chicago and New York City, and I haven’t gotten around to planning what I’ll be contributing to the dinner table this year. But I do know what we’ll be sipping on as we finish getting ready for Thanksgiving and slip into happy hour: Ginger Bourbon Cooler.
This cocktail is based around DRY Sparkling for a bit of fizz and lots of flavor. DRY Sparkling recently released two new flavors for the holidays: Ginger DRY Sparkling and Cranberry DRY Sparkling. The ginger flavor mixes especially well with whiskey and vodka, and the cranberry version plays well with vodka and champagne. For my Ginger Bourbon Cooler, bold and spicy ginger is a perfect match for warm bourbon and fresh orange. Beyond drinks, the clean flavors of DRY Sparkling are great for pairing with food. Ginger DRY Sparkling is a match for pot roast, brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes. Cranberry DRY Sparkling pairs well with turkey, ham, and cheesecake. And they both come in really fun Champagne-style bottles. They look so pretty on my bar cart!
You can scroll down to the bottom for the Ginger Bourbon Cooler recipe or keep reading to learn more about DRY Sparkling, a Holiday Pairing Party, and a giveaway you can enter to try DRY Sparkling products!
DRY Sparkling creates beautifully refreshing, culinary-inspired sodas. Made with just a touch of cane sugar, each DRY variety honors a singular botanical flavor. DRY is great on its own, paired with food, or mixed into cocktails.
About the #HolidayPairingParty:
To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, we’re having a virtual Holiday Pairing Party! A dozen other bloggers and I will be virtually saying, “Cheers!” as we sip on sparkly seasonal drinks and nibbling on tasty holiday food pairings with DRY Sparkling’s new limited edition Ginger and Cranberry sodas! Visit Amber’s blog Loves Food, Loves to Eat, or see below for the full round-up of #HolidayPairingParty recipes.
And head over to DRY Sparkling to learn more about where to find the holiday flavors, plus see below for details on how you can win a DRY Sparkling prize pack of your own!
Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Dunk and Crumble
Feast and West
Wit and Vinegar
The Speckled Palate
Cake n Knife
Appeasing a Food Geek
A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
A Little Saffron
Enter the DRY Sparkling Giveaway:
You can celebrate with the new holiday flavors, too! Enter to win everything you need to fully enjoy DRY over the holidays, including:
1 Bottle of Limited Edition Cranberry DRY Sparkling
1 Bottle of Limited Edition Ginger DRY Sparkling
A DRY Sparkling Tee in Your Size
A Pair of Custom Fuji Apple DRY Sparkling Socks
A DRY Sparkling Beanie
Two DRY Sparkling Flutes
Enter to win this DRY Sparkling prize pack by leaving a comment below and letting me know what you’re making for Thanksgiving. Feel free to share what you’d like to make with these holiday DRY Sparkling flavors, too! Leave your comment by by Dec. 3. Note: Contest open only to U.S. residents.
Ginger Bourbon Cooler
A refreshing cocktail for the happy hour before the big holiday dinner. Ginger DRY Sparkling is bold, spicy, and perfect against warm bourbon and notes of orange from triple sec and fresh juice.
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce triple sec
2 ounces fresh orange juice (no pulp)
2 ounces Ginger DRY Sparkling
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Crystallized or candied ginger, for garnish
Orange peel in 1-inch strip, for garnish
Maraschino cherry (preferably Luxardo), for garnish
Pour bourbon, triple sec, orange juice, and Ginger DRY Sparkling in a highball glass filled with ice. Stir to combine. Garnish with ginger, orange peel, and a maraschino cherry skewered on a cocktail stick.