The simple yet delicious whiskey ginger is a great go-to cocktail that comes together in minutes and relies on just three ingredients. You can of course dress up this whiskey cocktail with some fresh mint, but the combination of whiskey, ginger ale and lime truly can’t be beat. 

This Whiskey Cocktail is:

  • Easy to make
  • Quick to make
  • Slightly sweet
  • Citrusy 

How to Make a Whiskey Ginger

I can’t stress this enough—a whiskey ginger is so simple! Which is part of it’s charm. It can be as casual or as festive as you wish. It really comes down to how you present it. 

What you’ll need:

Here’s how simple it is to make:

  • Fill a High ball glass with ice.
  • Pour whiskey and ginger ale over ice; give it a stir. 
  • Squeeze a lime (or lemon) wedge over top; drop squeezed wedge into glass. 
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What Type of Whiskey is Best for a Whiskey Ginger?

The best whiskey for this cocktail is Tincup (it’s light and refreshing). However, it totally depends on what you’re trying to achieve.

If you’re going for a classic version of this cocktail, then Jameson is your booze of choice. 

Want it a bit sweeter and spicier? Use Bulleit Bourbon

Add a note of nuttines and opt for Knob Creek.

Make it more ginger-y and use Virgil Kaine Infused Ginger Bourbon or Rebell Yell Ginger Whiskey.

More Whiskey Cocktails You May Like…

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Whiskey Ginger

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Drinks/ Cocktails
  • Method: No-cook
  • Cuisine: American


A simple 3-ingredient whiskey cocktail that’s slightly sweet and a bit citrusy!


  • 1 ½ ounces whiskey
  • 3 ounces ginger ale
  • Lime wedges


Fill a highball glass with ice.

Pour whiskey over ice.

Top whiskey with ginger ale and give it a brief stir.

Squeeze a lime wedge into the glass then drop the wedge into the glass and serve.


Optional: muddle a few pieces of mint with a dash of sugar in the bottom of your glass before filling with ice for an herby upgrade.


  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • Calories: 135
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7f
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: ginger whiskey, whiskey ginger, whiskey ginger ale

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About The Author

Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine,,, and more.

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