foodie fridays: cherry ginger bourbon fizz

cherry ginger bourbon fizz

Today, Mr. B and I are bound for Biarritz, France!

I still can’t believe it’s actually happening.

We’ve been planning this trip theoretically for over six years. Better late than never? Every year when summer would roll around, we would be sitting on the couch, Al Bundy-style staring at each other, “So, you wanna’ go to France? Shoot, I sure do.” And then that would be the end of the conversation. Because life would automatically burp up seventeen things that would keep us from going.

cherry ginger bourbon fizz

Well, this year we decided no more excuses. If visiting southern France was going to be a reality, we would have to pull the trigger. And that’s what we did. Life is to short to worry about the ins, outs, and what-have-you’s. Sometimes you just have to jump or get comfortable standing on the ledge. I’ll tell you where I would rather be.

Anyways, I will be limiting my posts over the next two weeks. My whole focus of this trip is to get lost, experience adventure, eat the shit out of some pastries, and drink as much French giggle juice as I possibly can. Oh, and speaking of giggle juice, I thought a proper cocktail would be the perfect way to say, “Bon Voyage.”

cherry ginger bourbon fizz

Since wine and bubbles are going to be my go-to while we are there, I figured yours truly could sip some bourbon before we head over the pond. This Cherry Ginger Bourbon Fizz has just the right amount of effervescence from the ginger beer and a sweet touch for the cherry simple syrup. Add a little bourbon and you have a cocktail fit for any occasion.

And now, on with the show!

PSA: I will posting about our adventure on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. So, make sure and follow me to get the latest and greatest. Also, I will be using the hashtag #cgmtravel!

cherry ginger bourbon fizz

Cherry Ginger Bourbon Fizz

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes


1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 cup Bourbon
Ginger Beer
Ice cubs
Lime wedges, garnish
Maraschino cherries, garnish


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add sugar, water, cherry juice, and fresh ginger. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat to cool completely.

Fill a cocktail glass halfway full with ice. Pour 1/4 cup of bourbon into the class. Add about a tablespoon or so of the simple syrup. Fill the glass the rest of the way with the Ginger Beer. Garnish with lime wedge and cherry.

cherry ginger bourbon fizz

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23 Responses to “foodie fridays: cherry ginger bourbon fizz”

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    Kathryn — July 25, 2014 at 07:11

    Have a totally amazing time in France. I’ve never been to Biarritz but I’ve always wanted to so I can’t wait to follow along with you guys!

    • Lauren replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 07:44

      Thanks, Kathryn! If we end up in your neck of the woods, I’ll give you a shout:)

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    Vijay @ NoshOnIt — July 25, 2014 at 07:15

    Have an amazing trip! You deserve some time away to just relax, eat, and drink. We’ll be following along!

    • Lauren replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 07:44

      Thanks, Vijay! :)

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — July 25, 2014 at 07:15

    Eek! So exciting! Have an awesome time!! This is the perfect way to start, something bubbly, and a bit fancy!

    • Lauren replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 07:45

      Thanks, Nicole! Have a great weekend!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — July 25, 2014 at 09:43

    Have a fabulous trip!!! Love this cocktail!

    • Lauren replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 15:24

      Thanks, Liz! Have a fabulous weekend!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — July 25, 2014 at 10:20

    Have SO much fun in France and I can’t wait to see all your fabulous photos especially the giggle juice ones!

    • Lauren replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 15:25

      LOL!! I heart you! Cheers!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 25, 2014 at 11:00

    This sounds delightful! Loving the cherry-ginger combo. Yum!

    • Lauren replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 15:25

      Thanks, Katrina!

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    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — July 25, 2014 at 12:10

    Being pregnant in the summer is tough at times…thanks in part to delicious cocktail recipes like this one! You can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be making this come October! Enjoy France! It’s also on my bucket list…I’ll just live vicariously through you for now! :)

    • Lauren replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 15:26

      You could totally make a mocktail! Thanks, Molly. Have a great weekend!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 25, 2014 at 13:02

    OMG FRANCE!!!!! I’m so thrilled for you!!! And ginger and cherries?!?! I can’t handle this!!! HAVE FUN!

    • Lauren replied: — July 25th, 2014 @ 15:26

      Thanks, Liz! Cheers!

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    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — July 25, 2014 at 17:57

    So excited that all the planning came to a reality. You will absolutely love france AND the giggle juice… hehe. :) {but thats a given}

    LOVED the photos for this recipe Lauren, could not take my eyes away, then I saw the recipe and yup.. need it!

    Hope you have a blast, you and your yummy recipes will be missed!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 26, 2014 at 06:39

    I’m so jealous of your French adventure!! I cannot wait for the photos and the FOOD you’ll be eating!! I’m going to make this drink and cheers to you from the USA! Haha – safe travels friend!!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 26, 2014 at 09:12

    Have the BESTTTTTEST Time!! And I will make one of these to celebrate your epic adventure!!

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    Eileen — July 28, 2014 at 11:28

    What an amazing-sounding trip! And what an excellent cocktail combination. Just right for bourbon-lovers sweltering through a long summer!

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    Meredith — July 28, 2014 at 11:43

    I hope you have an amazing adventure and I will be trying this cocktail soon!

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    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — July 29, 2014 at 12:43

    Looks like you both are having a great time in France! And I am loving all of your instagram updates. Can’t wait to hear more about it when you get back! Bon vacances!

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    Joanne — July 30, 2014 at 06:32

    How do you say jealous in French?! :P Have ALL THE FUN!! I’ll be drinking these cocktails to console myself that I’m not there with you until you’re back.

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