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11 Ginger Drinks to Make at Home

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If a drink has ginger in it, chances are we're probably fans. Rich bourbon and ginger? Oh yeah. Spicy ginger and rum? Delicious. Tart citrus and warming ginger? Always love that combination. We like drinks with fresh ginger, with ginger syrup, and spiked with ginger liqueur. Today, we're sharing a 11 recipes for ginger-spiced fall drinking inspiration.

Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler

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This is the kind of easy recipe you can memorize for mixing up whenever you feel a little festive. Made with Prosecco or other sparkling wine, it's flavored with fresh grapefruit juice and Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur.

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Pom Pomme

Pom Pomme

All your fall classics come together in this four-ingredient drink: hard apple cider and apple brandy, plus vivid pomegranate juice and ginger liqueur. The hue is gorgeous and the mixing's easy.

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Napoleon's Loss

Napoleon's Loss

This autumn-appropriate cocktail proves the point that there's no reason for agave spirits to disappear when the weather cools. A fresh ginger syrup adds spice to a mix of aged tequila and earthy mezcal, and lemon juice keeps the whole drink bright.

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Southern Baptist

Southern Baptist

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Lots of lime makes this rye drink refreshing, while fresh ginger syrup accentuates the whiskey's spice. Ever since we tasted this drink from Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo in NYC, it's been a favorite.

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The Dahlgren

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Tawny port adds rich berry flavor to this updated take on the Diablo. This version of the classic tequila drink punches up the ginger flavor by using a fresh ginger syrup instead of ginger ale. The candied ginger garnish is fun, too.

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Storm Warning

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Fresh ginger juice, sweetened with a little sugar, has the backbone to stand up to funky Smith & Cross Jamaican rum, which stars in this drink alongside bittersweet Cynar. The result is a complex drink that will keep your tastebuds entertained.

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No. 8

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We love the King's Ginger, which is a pungent and potent ginger liqueur. After you've scored a bottle, we recommend this recipe, which calls for mixing the gingery liqueur with fresh lime and grapefruit, plus mezcal and orange bitters.

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Pear and Rosemary Cocktail

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Pear and piney rosemary come together in this elegant cocktail, delicately spiced with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. A touch of lemon adds freshness.

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Bermuda Black

Bermuda Black

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This is no wimpy Dark 'n Stormy. Instead, this cocktail recipe from the Wayland in NYC uses racy ginger juice and two kinds of rum, then adds bubbles with chocolatey dark beer instead of soda.

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Homemade Ginger Beer

You can brew your own ginger soda using fresh ginger and lime, carbonated using a little Champagne yeast. The process takes about 2 days, but we promise it's worth it.

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DIY Ginger Liqueur

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The beauty of making your own liqueurs is that you can customize them to your own taste. You can play with different spice combinations (try a little cardamom or even lemongrass) and even sub out some of the brandy for a little whiskey.

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How do you like to drink your daily dose of ginger? Add your favorite ginger drink ideas to the comments below!

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