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We Invented This Cocktail, Right?


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.

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    1. re: Gastronomos

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

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

      1. 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

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

          Thanks for the link.

        2. Ummm... no comment, besides no comment.

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          1. re: JMF

            They stole my invention...90 years ago!

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

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              1. re: EvergreenDan

                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

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

                    1. re: JMF

                      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

                        Your cousins buddies are just not right...

              2. re: jrvedivici

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

              3. 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

                  Is there is difference between ginger alea and ginger beer?

                  1. re: EarlyBird

                    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

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

                      1. re: EvergreenDan

                        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

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

                        2. re: EvergreenDan

                          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. 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

                        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.