Remix: Whiskey and Ginger

When I bartended many years ago at a local dive bar, the typical order was beer (PBR) or whiskey and ginger. I have many friends who still call whiskey-ginger their drink, so this is dedicated to them and all the storied dive bars of Chicago. Here are a few in my neighborhood:

J&M Tap (aka the Secret Squirrel) on Augusta and Leavitt

Zakopane (named for a ski town in Poland) on Division and Wood

Rite Liquors (bar and liquor store) on Division and Paulina. Photo Credit: Chicago Reader

Marie's Riptide (good late night destination) on Armitage and Hermitage

The actual dive bar I worked, RIP Vertigo, now Blind Robin on Western and Iowa

Summer Whiskey Smash

1 1/2 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz Pimm's
1/2 oz lemon juice
3 oz ginger beer
Sliced strawberries, sugar and ginger root

Muddle one sliced strawberry in a shaker with a bit of fresh grated ginger and a teaspoon of sugar or one sugar cube. Add the bourbon, Pimm's and lemon juice. Shake and pour into collins glass. Top with ginger beer and bitters.

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3 Responses to Remix: Whiskey and Ginger

  1. Rite liquors look really stocked! It's like a grand library of alcoholic beverages.

  2. That place looks like an awesome place to drop by. Just look all those bottles, bottles, bottles everywhere!

  3. I agree with the last comment. The place seems very enticing. Any person who would love to hang out just to chill can surely visit this place. Anyway, I am not a whiskey lover, but I occasionally taste it. I love wines most especially the Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia.


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