My dear college friend and tailgating partner-in-crime alerted me to Garden & Gun's suggestion for a perfect tailgate cocktail. We will see how perfect it is at our next home tailgate!
Recipe from Hugh Acheson of 5&10 in Athens via Garden & Gun
The Southern Staple: Bourbon and Spicy Ginger Soda
½ cup sugar (fine turbinado)
½ cup water
¼ lb. fresh ginger root (peeled and finely grated)
In a small saucepot bring the sugar, water, and ginger to a boil. Turn off the heat, and allow to steep and cool for one hour. Strain off the ginger pieces, and reserve the syrup.
Large ice cubes
3 oz. Maker's Mark (Evan Williams, Bulleit, and Old Rip Van Winkle are solid alternatives)
1 tbsp. ginger syrup
2 slices fresh ripe peach (Try pear if peaches are out of season.)
2 oz. soda water
Fill a 10 oz. highball glass with ice. Add Maker's Mark and ginger syrup, and stir. Add peach slices (or pear), and pour soda water to the top of the glass. Stir gently.