Ginger Smash, Fall Season


This is another cocktail from the wonderful book Speakeasy. This book is from the owners of the Employees Only bar in New York City. It is filled with re-imagined cocktails from the Prohibition Era. It is a great addition to your bar library. This particular cocktail is a seasonal take on a gin smash. I used Leopold Brothers Small Batch Gin in this gin smash as its mellower taste played better with the pear. I did not have the St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram or Pimento Liqueur that the book called for as it is not in my bar inventory. I think it would add another dimension to this drink and make it go even better with the season. I will have to find it and try this drink again.

Ginger Smash, Winter Season


  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
  • 5 thin slices Bartlet Pear
  • 1 1/2 tsp superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces Leoplod Brothers Small Batch Gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces Apfelkorn liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice


  1. In a Boston shaker glass, muddle the pear, ginger, and sugar.
  2. Pour in the gin, apple liqueur, and lemon juice.
  3. Add enough ice cubes to fill a rocks glass.
  4. Cover and shake hard to thoroughly mix ingredients.
  5. Pour unstrained into the rocks glass.
  6. Take a lemon peel and rub around the rim of the glass.
  7. Twist and top as a garnish.
  8. Also slide a thin pear slice on the rim of the glass.

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