Ginger Inferno

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Cocktail History

The Ginger Inferno is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that was created as a tiki-inspired experimentation that uses ginger liqueur. Named for the root and the heat of an erupting volcano, the recipe takes the classic formula of rum, citrus, and spices and adds the Polynesian flair of ginger 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 a type of rum made with molasses or sugar cane juice and alcohol that is filtered and bottled right away without the aging process. We used Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum because it has a crisp rum flavor with notes of lime, marzipan, allspice, ground ginger, and oak. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic White Cane Spirit in place of the white rum.

Dark Rum: This is a type of rum made with molasses or sugarcane juice, spices, and alcohol that has been barrel aged for a long period of time. We used Appleton Estate Special Gold Rum because it has a delicious rum flavor with notes of vanilla and baking spices. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Caleño Non-Alcoholic Dark & Spicy Tropical Spirit in place of the dark rum.

Overproof Rum: This is a type of rum made with sugarcane, spices, and water that has been barrel aged and contains over 50% alcohol content. We used J. Wray & Nephew Overproof White Rum because it has unique vanilla, banana, coconut, and molasses flavors. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic White Cane Spirit in place of the overproof rum.

Ginger Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with ginger root, spices, herbs, sugar, and alcohol. We used Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur because it has a delicious ginger spice. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Premium Ginger Syrup in place of the ginger liqueur.

Velvet Falernum Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with ginger, lime, almond, cloves, sugar, and alcohol. For a mocktail version of this drink, try BG Reynolds Falernum Bar Syrup in place of the velvet falernum liqueur.

Lime Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lime. We used freshly squeezed lime juice.

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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 a slice of lime that has been cut into a half wheel shape.

Candied Ginger: This is a slice of dried ginger root that has been rolled in sugar.

Bartending Tools

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

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut ingredients. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

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.

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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 Scripts

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

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 cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a tiki glass or highball glass over fresh cracked 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 cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a tiki glass or highball glass over fresh cracked ice.

4

Garnish with lime slice and candied ginger.

Ginger Inferno

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic White Cane Spirit in place of the white and overproof rums, Caleño Non-Alcoholic Dark & Spicy Tropical Spirit in place of the rum, Monin Premium Ginger Syrup in place of the ginger liqueur, and BG Reynolds Falernum Bar Syrup in place of the velvet falernum liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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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:

Zombie Cocktail Recipe

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Jamaican Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Iron Ranger Cocktail Recipe

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

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