Ginger Inferno

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Cocktail History

The Ginger Inferno is a tiki cocktail recipe we created after picking up our first bottle of ginger liqueur. We knew we wanted to find exciting ways to utilize its unique flavor, and this cocktail is the perfect way to do just that. Named for the ginger spice as well as the heat of an erupting volcano, the recipe takes the classic tiki formula of rum, citrus, and spices and adds the Polynesian flair of its namesake to balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

White Rum: This is one of the base spirits. We used BACARDÍ Superior White Rum for its soft and sweet taste that pairs well with fruity ingredients without overpowering them.

Dark Rum: This is the second base spirit. We used Appleton Estate’s Gold Jamaican Rum because it’s a great affordable spirit with notes of spices and vanilla.

Overproof Rum: This is the third base spirit. It adds a distinct rum funkiness and more complex flavors. We used Wray & Nephew Overproof White Rum because it’s high-quality and lends unique vanilla, banana, coconut, and molasses flavors that pair well with the other ingredients in this recipe.

Ginger Liqueur: This adds spicy ginger flavor. We used Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur because it’s one of the highest quality ginger liqueurs on the market.

Velvet Falernum Liqueur: This is a low-proof liqueur. It adds Caribbean flair with an infusion of botanicals along with lime, almond, and cloves.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for more balance. Like lime juice, we prefer fresh lemon juice because it tastes better.

Cinnamon Syrup: This is a sweetener made with cinnamon sticks, white sugar, gum Arabic powder, saline solution, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Lime Slice: This is one of the garnishes. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor when dropped into the drink.

Candied Ginger: This is the other garnish. It adds fragrant ginger aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Ginger Inferno features the light aroma of lime and the combined initial taste of tongue-tingling rums and ginger before the sweetness of the cinnamon syrup and velvet falernum adds a pleasurable sweetness to round out the citrus. The aftertaste also leaves a slight ginger burn in the throat that will make you want to come back for another sip to put the fire out.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: If you enjoy the spicy flavors of the South Pacific, you’re going to love this drink. Exotically flavored yet easy going down, the Ginger Inferno will certainly be a summertime staple at our home bar because we both enjoyed it so much.

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The Ginger Inferno is something I came up with while in a “tiki phase,” where I was spending my R&D evenings just throwing eclectic mixtures of rum, citrus, flavored syrups, and liqueurs together to see what stuck. I came up with this one shortly after picking up my first bottle of Domain de Canton, a French ginger liqueur; ginger hails from areas in southeast Asia so I knew it would fit right into tiki. The drink ended up being far better than it deserves to be with how little effort was put into its conception, with the ginger bringing plenty of sweet heat to a blend of citrus, spices, and rums. Just slap on a name referencing an island volcano, and we’ve got ourselves a winner.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This might just be one of my favorite cocktails that Alex has created. He whipped up the Ginger Inferno one day when I wasn’t home, and I walked in find to him beaming with it in hand. He immediately requested I try it, and a few sips later, I was as hooked on it as he was. This tiki drink has a delightful savoriness and a hint of burn thanks to the ginger that can only be described as divine. If you like a bit of flair in your summer cocktails, this is a great one to have on your menu.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz White Rum
 ½ oz Dark Rum
 ½ oz Overproof Rum
 ¾ oz Ginger Liqueur
 ½ oz Velvet Falernum Liqueur
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 Lime Slice
 Candied Ginger

Method
1

Add white rum, dark rum, overproof rum, ginger liqueur, velvet falernum liqueur, lime juice, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a tiki glass or highball glass over crushed ice.

4

Garnish with lime slice and candied ginger.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz White Rum
 ½ oz Dark Rum
 ½ oz Overproof Rum
 ¾ oz Ginger Liqueur
 ½ oz Velvet Falernum Liqueur
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 Lime Slice
 Candied Ginger

Directions

Method
1

Add white rum, dark rum, overproof rum, ginger liqueur, velvet falernum liqueur, lime juice, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a tiki glass or highball glass over crushed ice.

4

Garnish with lime slice and candied ginger.

Ginger Inferno

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More Tiki Cocktails

If you like this tiki cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Iron Ranger (Variation): A whiskey cocktail made with pineapple juice, lemon juice, velvet falernum liqueur, cinnamon syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters, mint, and a cinnamon stick

 Jamaican Mule: A rum cocktail made with ginger syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice, Angostura aromatic bitters, candied ginger, a lime slice, and an orchid blossom

 Zombie: A rum cocktail made with velvet falernum liqueur, Donn’s mix, lime juice, absinthe, grenadine, Angostura aromatic bitters, and mint

Staycation: A rum and whiskey cocktail made with coconut cream, lemon juice, apricot liqueur, passion fruit syrup, a lemon slice, and mint

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