We're always on the lookout for great drinks here at Shire City Herbals, especially ones that work as cocktails and mocktails. We can't think of a better way to brighten up a dreary mid-winter day than with a bright, slightly bubbly drink to help you shrug it all off! Pulling together inspiration from a few different sources, we've combined the tang and dark complexity of our African Bronze Honey Fire Cider with the bite of fresh ginger for a drink we think you'll love!
You'll need to start by creating a shrub. This is a sweetened vinegar base that brings a kick of complex flavors to the drink. It's also a great thirst quencher on its own when added to your favorite sparkling water!
Have fun with different sweeteners and get gutsy with the flavors. Try it with coconut sugar, agave syrup or maple syrup for a signature New England twist!
Fire Cider Shrub
For the Fire Cider Shrub
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 2 cups ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 6 oz African Bronze Honey Fire Cider
For the cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz bourbon (or leave out for a satisfying mocktail)
- 1 1/2 oz Fire Cider Shrub (chilled)
- 3 oz hard apple cider (we love J.K.'s Scrumpy Farmhouse Cider! but you could also use champagne or sparkling apple juice)
- 2-3 large ice cubes
- In a medium saucepan over low heat add water and sugar. Heat, stirring frequently until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the ginger to your pan and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
- Strain the liquid into a 1 pint, or larger, mason jar and discard the remaining ginger. Add the African Bronze Honey Fire Cider to the liquid. (You should have about 2 parts water-sugar mixture to 1 part Fire Cider; feel free to adjust as needed. Fire Cider Shrub can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks of drink mixing fun.)
- Add ice to a cocktail glass.
- Add the chilled shrub, then bourbon over the ice and stir.
- Top off with hard cider and garnish with a crystallized ginger for some extra sparkle.
Now sit back and sip on this smooth, not-too-sweet glass of tart, apple-y, ginger goodness and shrug off the worries of the day.