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Bourbon + Ginger = Bliss

I don’t know about you, but every time I see the caramel colored bourbons glowing from the backlit shelf behind the bar I just sigh to myself – ‘Could there possibly be a more perfect spirit?’

If you are a bourbon connoisseur like me and my sister, then you probably drink your bourbon neat or with a little ice. Or, if you are among those who haven’t yet tried this honey-hued liquor, then I urge you to read on! Us plain bourbon and non-bourbon drinkers alike can all get behind this deliciously mellow cocktail: The Bourbon Ginger Bliss. It’s not too sweet, let’s the flavor of the bourbon shine, and can be made as a ‘punch,’ meaning – in a large batch if you are doing a little entertaining this spring.

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Check out our video too on AOL.com – with step-by-step instructions and a great ending (we get to drink our Bourbon Ginger Bliss.)

Ingredients (punch portion):

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cups fresh orange juice
  • 3 cups pear nectar
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 liter bourbon
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • Ice, for serving

Directions:

In a large saucepan, combine 1 quart water, the fresh lemon juice, honey, and ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

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Strain into a large bowl and let cool. Add the orange juice, pear nectar, bourbon, and lemons to the lemon syrup. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices

Makes: 8 – 12 Servings

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