Recipe: Wintergreen

Recipe: Wintergreen

Looking for a cocktail to warm you during winter and also give you a taste of much-needed summer? I’d recommend the Wintergreen (courtesy of Whiskey Muse). It’s a cross between a Whiskey Ginger, one of my personal favorite cocktails year-round, and a Mojito, another favorite but more for beach vacation weather. The amount of lime juice in this recipe may give you pause for a fall/winter cocktail, but trust me, the right ginger ale combined with the smooth vanilla and spice in Licor 43 really balances out the tartness. Of course, an overproof rye whiskey also goes a long way to finding perfect harmony with this drink’s summery elements. And the mint, well who doesn’t love a good excuse to put mint in their cocktail? Plus, this thing is way easier to make than a julep.

1.5 oz. rye whiskey (100 proof)
1 oz. lime juice
.5 oz. Licor 43 liqueur
1 mint sprig
ginger ale

Combine rye whiskey, lime juice, Licor 43, and 6-8 mint leaves in a shaker with ice. Shake until well-chilled and double strain over ice into a rocks glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with mint.

Drew Beard is assistant editor for Drinkhacker and winner of several booze-related merit badges, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. A former federal employee turned hotelier and spirits journalist, he looks forward to his next midlife crisis.

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