While a Moscow Mule is likely the first cocktail that comes to mind when you think of ginger beer, this spicy, bubbly ingredient is far more versatile than you might think. It may pair beautifully with lime juice and vodka, but the drink can also be used to top off anything from a fruity sangria to a tangy margarita.
Stock the liquor cabinet and ready the bar essentials—you’ll want to test your bartending skills on each of these refreshing ginger beer cocktails. They make a fun addition to any dinner party and steal the show during cocktail hour. Even if you’re far from a professional mixologist, these recipes are simple and easy to follow, allowing you to impress at your next soirée. Give these ginger beer cocktails a try and don’t forget to garnish them with fresh fruit, herbs, and maybe a salted rim to really impress your guests.
Kentucky Mule Cocktail
The Cocktail: Kentucky Mule Cocktail
The Hero Ingredient: Bourbon. A play on the classic Moscow Mule, this Kentucky-inspired mule incorporates the state’s favorite liquor.
The Pro Tip: Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind recommends garnishing your finished product with a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves to give the cocktail a little something extra.
Ginger Beer Cherry Vodka Soda
The Cocktail: Ginger Beer Cherry Vodka Soda
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh cherries give this drink a nice touch for a beautiful presentation and create a naturally sweet simple syrup.
The Pro Tip: Prepare your fresh cherry syrup with honey instead of sugar. This keeps the cocktail on the healthier side, according to Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.
The Cocktail: Pineapple Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh basil complements the sweet pineapple, rum, and white wine in this fruity ginger beer cocktail.
The Pro Tip: Cassy Joy Garcia of Fed + Fit suggests you opt for a Riesling white wine to be sure you’re getting just the right amount of sweetness in this sangria.
The Cocktail: Cucumber Delight
The Hero Ingredient: Sliced cucumbers add a refreshing element to a cocktail made with ginger beer, vodka, and lemon juice.
The Pro Tip: To make this cocktail a serious showstopper, Heidi Larsen of Foodie Crush garnishes the drink with a ball of cantaloupe. The subtle fruit flavor will complement the cucumber and add a pop of color for major presentation points.
Gingered Peach Bourbon Thyme Smash
The Cocktail: Gingered Peach Bourbon Thyme Smash
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh peaches star in this ginger beer cocktail. While they’re ripest during the summer, you can still whip up this drink year-round.
The Pro Tip: Gerard uses ginger beer as a topper for this cocktail. Simply pour a bit of the fizzy beverage to finish off the mixed drink.
Five-Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas
The Cocktail: Five-Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas
The Hero Ingredient: While ginger beer is the start of all of these recipes, it is definitely the hero ingredient in this otherwise traditional margarita. It gives the usual tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, and salt recipe a run for its money.
The Pro Tip: Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker recommends you use a high-quality tequila, like Altos, for the best-tasting margarita. “Just remember, the key to picking a good tequila is to make sure it’s made with 100% agave,” she says.
Hibiscus-Berry Aperol Moscow Mule Cocktails
The Cocktail: Hibiscus Berry Aperol Moscow Mule Cocktails
The Hero Ingredient: Hibiscus tea (or leaves) provides deliciously refreshing flavor and stars in this ginger beer cocktail. It gives the simple syrup a naturally sweet flavor.
The Pro Tip: For a garnish, Mollenkamp suggests twisting a lime peel into a spiral and placing it on the edge of the glass.
These ginger beer cocktails are perfect for your next soirée or impromptu evening in. The only challenge is picking which recipe to try first.