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Whiskey and Ginger...and The Wayside Inn

Step-by-step picture book recipe shows how to make a whiskey and ginger ale tall drink

Here's a really simple and flavorful drink to make that's been a winter tradition in my family, especially with freshly roasted chestnuts. Great stuff!  Funny thing: I posted the drink on The Good Men Project the other day, promoted it on Facebook this morning and right away got a comment from a friend that the drink is a "(d)escendent of the coo woo - America's oldest cocktail, still served at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury: Ginger brandy and rum". The Wayside is one of my favorite biking destinations - I just zipped by it yesterday. Gorgeous! There's a shot of the place taken just before Christmas included with the pictures above.

Yah, you bet after getting that comment that's where I'll be this afternoon after teaching skating not far away at all in Marlborough. More about that real soon!

All you need to make whiskey and ginger ale is whiskey, ginger ale and ice. Easy. I use "2 fingers" of whiskey (see the picture above) in a tall (12-ounce) glass, add ice and then fill the glass with ginger ale. You can click this link for a complete step-by-step picture book recipe. Just a note on whiskey: I prefer Canadian blended whiskey for this - in our family, we call the drink "Canadian Club and ginger ale", but any whiskey will work.

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Gary Kelley January 07, 2013 at 05:45 PM
My favorite adult beverage is a Jack and Ginger.
Jim Hatherley January 09, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Bruce, in years gone by, wasn't this better known as a "Highball"?
Terri January 09, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Ok I shall try to comment now...but this is my Dad's drink, the "CC and Ginger". He has been gone 10 years now but in rememberance I do indulge on occassion. You follow in good shoes if you follow my Dad's drink, here's to you all!!!
Susan Manning January 09, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Not a fan, but I always have both Jack and ginger in the house as it is my dad's drink of choice! I much prefer a good Guinness!
Bruce Tretter January 10, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Great comments! Right on, Jim. This drink is also called a "Highball". More about the drink at the Wayside this weekend.
Quentin January 10, 2013 at 04:17 PM
En how Terri! Both my parents dranks these. They loved em! I too indulge once in a while with one or two (or three) of these. Delish!
Lemonjello January 10, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Whiskey and Goinger? That sound disgusting. Y'all are cra-z! What I like to drink when cold out is a simple glass of wine, maybe beer. No need to add no sprouts when I get my drink on. No sir. Y'all are cra-z
hammingitup January 17, 2013 at 03:04 AM
This is an old dude's drink!!!!

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