Poppa’s Pride

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Cocktail History

The Poppa’s Pride is a modern whiskey cocktail recipe that was created by Jay Zimmerman of the bar Bā’sik in Brooklyn, New York. It combines the ginger spiciness of a Kentucky mule with the cooling mint and tartness of a classic whiskey smash.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Bourbon: This is the base spirit. We used Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon because it lends a deeper oakiness to the drink. 

Ginger Syrup: This is a sweetener that gives the cocktail its spicy ginger flavor. We made our syrup using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Lemon Wedges: These are shaken in the drink and add a hint of citrus flavor.

Mint Leaves: These are also shaken in the drink and add fresh mint flavor.

Soda Water: This is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. It stretches the drink and adds some fizz. We used Topo Chico because it’s light, essentially flavorless, and refreshing.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together. They also give the cocktail its distinct ombré coloring when dropped on top at the end.

Mint Sprig: This is the garnish. It adds fragrant mint aromas.

Tasting Notes

Our version of the Poppa’s Pride starts with pungent aromas of allspice and showcases a spicy yet sweet flavor made up of bourbon and ginger with a hint of lemon tartness for balance, and it ends with the lingering aftertaste of ginger burn.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: This drink was extremely refreshing and surprisingly light thanks to the soda water. And even with its loud flavors, it went down easily for both of us. Neither of us would call it our favorite whiskey cocktail ever, but we definitely recommend it for warm days when you want something other than a Mojito.

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“The first time we tried this recipe I didn’t really care for it, and that could have been because we didn’t get the sweetened ginger juice quite right. When we went back and remade it with our homemade ginger syrup in place of the juice, I found it to be much more in tune with my taste as it featured plenty of ginger flavor but with enough sweetness to cut through the lemon’s tartness. This wasn’t my favorite bourbon drink, but it does have a certain freshness with its combination of ginger, cooling mint, and effervescent club soda that I liked.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐
“This drink was pretty straightforward once Alex make a few changes to it. It’s essentially a Mojito but with bourbon and ginger, which I enjoyed. When we tried it using Zimmerman’s exact specs though, I couldn’t drink more than a couple of sips because the ginger’s spiciness was so overwhelming and immediately burned my throat. If you want more balance, definitely give this variation a try. Although I still prefer a classic Mojito, this is an interesting alternative.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Bourbon
 2 Lemon Wedges
 6 Mint Leaves
 Soda Water
 5 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Mint Sprig

Method
1

Add bourbon, ginger syrup, lemon wedges, mint leaves, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-15 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass over fresh cracked ice.

4

Top with soda water and bitters.

5

Gently dip a bar spoon into the glass for 1-2 seconds to create an ombré effect with the bitters.

6

Garnish with mint sprig.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Bourbon
 2 Lemon Wedges
 6 Mint Leaves
 Soda Water
 5 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Mint Sprig

Directions

Method
1

Add bourbon, ginger syrup, lemon wedges, mint leaves, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-15 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass over fresh cracked ice.

4

Top with soda water and bitters.

5

Gently dip a bar spoon into the glass for 1-2 seconds to create an ombré effect with the bitters.

6

Garnish with mint sprig.

Poppa’s Pride

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More Ginger Cocktails

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

 Mountain Man: A bourbon cocktail made with lemon juice, peach liqueur, ginger syrup, maple syrup, and candied ginger

 Ginger Inferno: A rum cocktail made with ginger liqueur, velvet falernum liqueur, lime juice, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, a lime slice, and candied ginger

Weathered Axe: A bourbon cocktail made with lemon juice, Combier L’Original Liqueur d’Orange, Cocchi Americano, ginger syrup, absinthe, and rosemary

 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

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