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Author Notes: This is a twist on the Suffering Fools at Alder, which is a twist on the Suffering Bastard (apparently an old drink invented in Cairo in the 40s). I've made a few changes to the proportions, cut down on the ginger juice, added cucumber to the drink itself, and added club soda. Despite the many flavors, it melds deliciously together! And it's a great party drink - strong, unusual, easy to drink, easy to make. —booglix
For a batch of about 12 drinks:
- 12 ounces bourbon
- 12 ounces gin
- 8 ounces fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce Ginger People ginger juice (or fresh ginger juice)
- 3 ounces ginger syrup
- 2 ounces honey
- 1 English cucumber
- Club soda
- Combine the bourbon, gin, lime juice, ginger juice, ginger syrup, and honey (heat gently if needed, so that it is not thick) in a pitcher. Slice the cucumber and add half of the slices to the pitcher. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust if needed: it will be very strong (you'll dilute it later), but it should be balanced. Since ginger juice and ginger syrup can have different levels of pungency and sweetness, add a bit more of either if you want more of a kick or more sweetness. It's up to you! I like it barely sweet, with a ginger flavor that is present but not overpowering.
- For each drink: place two slices of cucumber in the bottom of a rocks glass, and muddle them well. Fill glass with ice. Pour approx. 3 ounces of the drink mixture on top of the ice, and top off with club soda to taste. Garnish with another cucumber slice if desired.
- Alternatively, you can shake each drink and then top off with a bit of club soda in the glass. If you don't want any fizziness, dilute with cold water.
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup sliced fresh ginger (no need to peel)
- 1 cup sugar (all white or a combination)
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and then simmer gently until reduced slightly, 20-30 minutes. Let cool. Strain and store for a couple of weeks in the fridge. (This will also make a great ginger soda, ginger lime soda, etc.)
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