Finally! The day we’ve been waiting for. The last half of the final season of Game of Thrones begins. So many questions remain, and I’m not going to spoil any of it for you if you haven’t watched it yet. But let’s get down to the real question….what are you drinking tomorrow night?
Allow me to suggest the Dragon’s Toe. A refreshing bourbon drink infused with fresh ginger and cucumber, this cocktail will help you take on any never-ending winter (not that unreal for some of us) or army of the dead (hopefully unreal for all of us) that is headed your way. This has been my Game of Thrones go-to beverage for several years now after coming across it on www.thecocktailproject.com sometime around the beginning of Season 3 (was that really six years ago!?). Since then I’ve made several adjustments….none of the simple syrup that the original recipe calls for (too sweet for my taste) and the addition of a refreshing (and easy) cucumber ginger infusion. The result? A fantastically fresh cocktail to celebrate the beginning of the end of one of my favorite shows of all time.Print
A refreshing bourbon cocktail infused with fresh ginger and cucumber.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 cocktails 1x
- Category: drinks
For the Cucumber Ginger Infusion:
1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
6 slices of fresh cucumber (no need to peel)
1/4 cup water
For the Cocktail:
4 ounces Maker’s Mark Bourbon
2 tablespoons Cucumber Ginger Infusion
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Cucumber slices, for garnish
1. Make the Cucumber Ginger Infusion: Combine the ginger, cucumber and water in a blender. Blend on high speed until relatively smooth, 1-2 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container.
2. Make the Cocktail: Combine all ingredients except ginger ale and cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake vigorously. Strain equal amounts into two low ball glasses filled with ice. Top with ginger ale. Stir gently and garnish with a cucumber slice. Serve immediately.
Keywords: Game of Thrones, cocktail, ginger, cucumber, Maker’s Mark, bourbon, whiskey