Recipe: Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Beer

Recipe: Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Beer

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Sheela Prakash
Jul 9, 2017
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

I casually set this pitcher cocktail and some ice-filled glasses out for a group of friends — bourbon-lovers (myself included) and non-bourbon-lovers alike. I didn't give too much away about what was in the drink. Those who claimed they weren't a fan of the brown spirit went for a second pour before the rest of us did.

That's because this drink is so much more than whiskey — it's fruity, gingery, and, most importantly, bubbly. These elements make it a hit among a crowd. The bourbon adds a nutty, caramel-like note to the pitcher to round it out, so truly everyone ends up being a fan. And for you, the host, did I mention this only requires three hard-working ingredients?

A Bubbly Bourbon Cocktail in Pitcher Form

I feel strongly that ginger beer makes an instant cocktail if you just add booze to it. That's because it's a drink that has a lot already going on — it's spicy, sweet, and fizzy — so it really only needs a splash of something to make it ready for happy hour. Here it makes a super base for a pitcher cocktail because of all those elements. Bourbon is a great match for it, as its background flavors of caramel and vanilla complement that gingery bite. Throw in a few big handfuls of juicy raspberries and they'll add a pop of color to the situation, making it hard for anyone to resist a glass.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

3-Ingredient Pitcher Cocktails

If you're looking to serve up festive cocktails to the crowd at your next gathering, be it a impromptu happy hour or a backyard bash, know that it is a whole lot easier than you may think. If you've got a pitcher on hand and just 3 ingredients, you've got all it takes to kick off the party.

Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Beer

Serves 6

1 1/2 cups bourbon
3 (12-ounce) bottles non-alcoholic ginger beer, chilled
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (about 1 pint)
Ice

Combine the bourbon, ginger beer, and raspberries in a pitcher. Serve in ice-filled glasses.

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