Big Ginger Cocktail

Our Big Ginger Cocktail recipe use lemon and lime wedges to add a hint of citrus and lighten up this refreshing whiskey drink

By Mark Hinds  |  Updated April 21, 2021  |  0 Comments 

The Big Ginger is a delicious cocktail that combines a good, crisp Irish whiskey with the refreshing taste of ginger ale.

To lighten our Big Ginger Cocktail recipe up and to add some citrus notes we use both lemon and lime wedges.

Ice In Glass
Start with a little ice and a squeeze of lemon and lime

This is one of our favorite ginger ale cocktails, it’s a drink we like to have keep us company on Saint Patrick’s Day or to sip on hot summer days when we want to drink all day, but don’t want to act like we’ve been drinking all day.

In our, somewhat, extensive testing, we found the best ratio is 1/3 whiskey to 2/3 ginger ale. We also figured out that the drink gets better with really good ginger ale, so mix it with your favorite.

Whiskey In Glass
Admire the whiskey as you fill the glass

And while we like to drink it with any good Irish whiskey, it really should be mixed with Two Gingers Irish Whiskey, since the cocktail and the whiskey were both developed by Kieran Folliard, the former proprietor of Kieren’s Irish Pub in Minneapolis.

Topping With Ginger Ale
Top everything off with some ginger ale

This is an easy cocktail recipe to make by the pitcher. Depending on the size of the pitcher just adjust the serving size in the recipe below to match the number of drinks you want to make.

If you’re having a party and looking for something to serve with this cocktail check out Umami’s Happy Hour section for recipe and drink ideas.  We also have more cocktails like this one in our Drinks section.

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Big Ginger Cocktail

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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail


  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 4 oz ginger ale
  • lime wedge
  • lemon wedge


  • Fill a tall glass with ice.
  • Squeeze a lemon and lime wedge over the ice and drop the wedges into the glass.
  • Fill the glass one-third of the way with whiskey, stop and admire your work.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with ginger ale.
  • Stir, sip, relax
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Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Sodium: 7mg | Sugar: 9g | Iron: 0.2mg

Mark Hinds

A passionate writer, overly curious cook, and Umami's founder. Mark can often be found cooking for friends.

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