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SKYY Infusions Ginger for what ales you

ScreenHunter_06 Feb. 22 09.38SKYY's latest addition to their Infusions line takes the spicy flavor of ginger ale, and adds some oomph to it. The appealing kick of ginger is undoubtedly popular behind the bar--mixologists make infused ginger syrups, use candied ginger garnishes, and add products like the Cognac and ginger-based Domaine de Canton to their creations. New SKYY Infusions Ginger adds that enticing ginger flavor with more of a neutral base that's not too sweet.   I recently tried it in a traditional sour: 2 oz. SKYY Ginger, 3/4 oz. lemon juice and  3/4 oz. honey syrup, and I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor, which is more like that of a high quality ginger ale than fresh ginger root, but tasty nonetheless.

SKYY Infusions Ginger launches nationally this month as the only available ginger-infused vodka on the market. It joins the entire line of Infusions products: Citrus, Pineapple, Cherry, Grape, Raspberry and Passion Fruit. (I've only tried the Pineapple, and for someone who doesn't typically gravitate towards vodka, let alone flavored ones, I found the flavor to be authentically appealing, with a sweet yet tart taste. It was really nice in the citrus and Chartreuse-based Oh, Sherrie cocktail I blogged about awhile back.) 

Beyond the riff on the sour, mixologists have been playing around with it in cocktails like the Sweet Heat:

 

 

Sweet Heat Courtesy of Alex Straus of Suite 700 at the Hotel Shangri-La in Los Angeles

1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions Ginger 1/2 oz. Small, seeded habanero pepper slice 3/4 oz. Agave syrup 3/4 oz. Fresh lime juice Candied ginger, for garnish

Gently muddle pepper slice in cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients except the candied ginger. Add ice, shake vigorously, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with candied ginger on rim of glass.

The new Ginger product is also great simply mixed with Coke, 7UP or club soda.