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EarlyBird Feb 24, 2014 04:48 PM


I have never seen this at a bar, restaurant, or in a number of very large cocktail recipe books I've looked at. I believe my wife and I invented this. We call it a Gin-Gin.

-Put a piece of candied ginger at the bottom of a frozen martini glass
-Fill the glass half way up wih good quality, cold ginger ale
-Fill the rest of the glass with gin that's been shaken with ice in a shaker

Is something anyone else has tried? I think it's fantastic.

  1. JMF Mar 4, 2014 09:46 AM

    Somewhat similar is a cross between the Gin-Gin and the Moscow Mule. Audrey Saunders is famous for her Gin-Gin Mule

    Imbibe Magazine: "The Gin-Gin Mule is a milestone drink of the 21st-century cocktail renaissance. In fact, we named it one of the 25 most influential cocktails of the past century..."

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    1. re: JMF
      EarlyBird Mar 4, 2014 09:55 AM

      That looks great. I was at the Pegu Club years ago and didn't know to order this at the time. Thanks for the link.

    2. Will Owen Mar 3, 2014 04:40 PM

      I've read about a drink called Gin and Ginger, I think most likely in books from English authors, probably Angela Thirkell. Never seen a recipe, though, and if it's Brits doing it it'll most likely be ginger beer.

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      1. re: Will Owen
        EarlyBird Mar 4, 2014 08:36 AM

        Is there is difference between ginger alea and ginger beer?

        1. re: EarlyBird
          EvergreenDan Mar 4, 2014 01:14 PM

          Ginger ale is mild, wimpy and vaguely ginger flavored. Little kids like ginger ale.

          Ginger beer is spicy, sharp, and intensely ginger (depending upon brand). Little kids would not like ginger beer. Real ginger beer is fermented, but I don't think any of the commercial ones are.

          Ginger ale is to ginger beer as powdered ginger is to fresh ginger.


          1. re: EvergreenDan
            EarlyBird Mar 4, 2014 01:53 PM

            I'm going to have to look for real ginger beer. Sounds great.

            1. re: EvergreenDan
              StriperGuy Mar 6, 2014 11:31 AM

              One quibble... if you get really fresh ginger powder it can be VERY sharp! Not at all like fresh ginger, in fact the two cannot really be substituted, but ginger powder IMHO is an excellent spice in it's own right and great for ginger cookies, or other cooking situations. Not necessarily wimpy at all.

              1. re: StriperGuy
                EvergreenDan Mar 7, 2014 04:51 PM

                OK. Make that grandma's 35 year old tin of powdered ginger. ;)

              2. re: EvergreenDan
                EarlyBird Mar 6, 2014 02:23 PM

                Dan, just last night I made my "EarlyBird's Patented Cocktail (TM)" the "Gin Gin (TM)" with Reed's Ginger Brew, based on your post. Not sure if that qualifies as ginger "beer": I know it wasn't fermented, but it was definitely a lot stronger, more intense and better tasting that ginger ale. Thanks for the tip.

          2. jrvedivici Feb 25, 2014 06:04 AM

            Looks like someone is going to have to wake up earlier if they want that worm!

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            1. re: jrvedivici
              EvergreenDan Feb 25, 2014 06:51 AM

              Sheesh. Worms go in cheap mescal. ;)

              1. re: EvergreenDan
                JMF Feb 25, 2014 07:00 AM

                You mean cheap mixto. No real mezcal would dare have a worm. A scorpion yes... and I'll take a good mezcal, sans critter, any day.

                1. re: JMF
                  jrvedivici Feb 25, 2014 08:35 AM

                  Dare me to tell you the grossest tequila / worm story you have ever heard?

                  1. re: jrvedivici
                    JMF Feb 25, 2014 12:40 PM

                    Please! I have some as well...

                    1. re: JMF
                      jrvedivici Feb 25, 2014 12:58 PM

                      Cousins bachelor party at the Marriott Marquis in NYC. My cousin isn't a big drinker, everyone knows that....well his buddies got him drinking early, fast and furious with the shots. Within the hour they polished off a bottle of tequila giving my cousin the shot with the worm which he did.

                      Within a half hour my cousin passed out in the bedroom, actually on the floor. (it was a multi-room suite). I go in pick him up and try to put him in bed when he starts with the room is spinning I'm going to be sick etc. I take him into the bathroom and try to prop him up to be sick. He can't hold his head up, etc. just a mess. So I sit on the tub and I literally hold him in place as he's getting ill. Three of his friends come in to check on him and are laughing etc. when one of the yells........"THE WORM" and pointing into the toilet there is the worm floating amid the vomit.

                      I go to flush and they scream "NOOOOOOOO and one of them get's a spoon fishes it out.......the other get's a fresh shot of tequila and places the worm into the new shot, and goes out and give it to someone else to do.

                      Someone re-drank the regurgitated worm.

                      1. re: jrvedivici
                        JMF Feb 25, 2014 01:09 PM

                        Your cousins buddies are just not right...

              2. re: jrvedivici
                EarlyBird Feb 25, 2014 08:43 AM

                Damn! And I was going to go national with this thing!

              3. JMF Feb 24, 2014 05:41 PM

                Ummm... no comment, besides no comment.

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                1. re: JMF
                  EarlyBird Feb 25, 2014 08:19 AM

                  They stole my invention...90 years ago!

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                  Jeri L Feb 24, 2014 05:20 PM

                  Lots of gin and ginger ale drinks (Gin Buck, Dragonfly, etc), and here's a cocktail called a Gin-gin.


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                  1. re: Jeri L
                    EarlyBird Feb 24, 2014 05:35 PM

                    Darn! They even call it a "Gin Gin." Unbelieveable.

                    Thanks for the link.

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                    September29 Feb 24, 2014 04:54 PM

                    never heard of it, but it sounds fabulous! thanks for the tip :)

                    1. Gastronomos Feb 24, 2014 04:51 PM

                      My fave

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                      1. re: Gastronomos
                        EarlyBird Feb 24, 2014 05:01 PM

                        Really? Like this is something you've had before? Do you know what it's called?

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