Ginger has a nice bite and some heat, which makes it an interesting addition to cocktails. Try this ginger cocktail, which is sparkling, refreshing and aromatic.
Although this is not a traditional Korean drink, both soju and ginger are important and essential parts of Korean cuisine. Food and medicine have also always been closely linked in Korean culture. Since ginger aids digestion and cranberry juice has proven antibacterial and infection-fighting properties, this modern Korean cocktail was mixed in the true spirit of Korean culinary tradition.
Enjoy your "healthy" cocktail!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
- sugar (for rimming)
- 1 lemon wedge
- 1 tsp ginger syrup
- 3 1/2 ounces soju
- 2 ounces ginger ale
- 2 ounces cranberry juice
- candied ginger (optional, for garnish)
- Wet rim of a highball glass.
- Dip into sugar for rimming.
- In the glass, muddle lemon.
- Add ice, soju, ginger syrup and cranberry juice.
- Add ginger ale, mix and garnish with candied ginger or lemon wedge.
*Or you can just convert the recipe to 4 parts soju to 2 parts ginger ale and 2 parts cranberry juice, depending on the size of your glass.
Some Notes about Ginger:
Ginger is native to Asia where has been used as a cooking spice and as medicine for thousands of years. It is used to make medicinal and herbal teas, to increase the temperature in the body and also to increase the body's metabolic rate.
The part of the plant that we use is not the root, but the underground stem, or rhizome. Ginger contains many health benefiting essential oils such as gingerol and zingerone. Gingerols help improve the intestinal motility and have anti-inflammatory, painkiller (analgesic) and anti-bacterial properties.
Ginger has been used to aid digestion and treat stomach problems, gas, diarrhea and nausea for more than 2,000 years. More recently, it has demonstrated some effectiveness in preventing motion sickness. It has also been used to treat the common cold, stomach ulcers, headaches, menstrual cramps, migraines, arthritis and colic.
Ginger is low in calories and contains no cholesterol, and is a rich source of many essential nutrients and vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5). It also contains good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
Ginger has been used for years by medical professionals to ease inflammation inside the body. This includes inflammation caused by digestive diseases such as ulcerative colitis and other diseases such as arthritis. A study performed by the University of Maryland Medical Center found that 261 patients who had been given ginger supplements twice a day experienced significantly less pain from osteoarthritis of the knee than the patients who did not receive the supplement. The same study goes on to say that although the herb was effective in relieving inflammation caused by arthritis, it was no more effective than ibuprofen.