the bourbon ginger spark

Clay Shentrup
2 min readNov 12, 2023


the bourbon ginger spark is a modern classic, blending the rich, smooth depth of bourbon with the spicy zest of ginger beer. this cocktail is a harmonious mix of tradition and innovation, perfect for the connoisseur looking to enjoy a refreshing yet robust drink. served in a short glass, it proudly exhibits its amber hue, a testament to the bourbon at its heart.


  • 60 ml bourbon
  • 30 ml ginger beer
  • 30 ml soda water
  • 2–3 dashes of bitters
  • ice (preferably a large cube or sphere)
  • garnish: cherry or orange slice


  1. fill a short glass with ice, ideally a large cube or sphere to slow dilution.
  2. pour the bourbon over the ice.
  3. add the ginger beer and soda water, maintaining a balance that complements the bourbon’s character.
  4. add 2–3 dashes of bitters, depending on taste preference.
  5. gently stir to blend the ingredients without diminishing the carbonation.
  6. garnish with a cherry or a slice of orange, adding a fruity aroma and a touch of elegance.


serve in a lowball or old fashioned glass. the drink’s visual appeal lies in its simplicity and the rich color imparted by the bourbon, accented by the brightness of the cherry or the citrusy hint of orange.

flavor profile:

the bourbon ginger spark strikes a perfect balance between the warmth of bourbon and the refreshing bite of ginger beer. the soda water lightens the drink, making it an ideal choice for both casual sipping and more festive occasions. the bitters add complexity, tying the flavors together in a harmonious blend.



Clay Shentrup

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