While my mind was occupied by reminiscing the past year and mentally preparing for a life post-maternity leave, holiday season sneaked up on me and I didn’t realize it until Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ was suddenly on the radio. Luckily, I come prepared; A while ago I decided to create a holiday cocktail for family and friends who are visiting during the holidays; something festive and effortless to mix from staples in my cupboard.
The result was this Ginger Kombucha & Gin Cocktail made from a holiday-spiced lemon syrup, gin, and the tastiest organic ginger kombucha from a local brewery, Læsk.
Kombucha is a naturally sparkling fermented soda made from sweet tea, and I’ve been obsessing with it this entire year; I’ve even acquired my own scoby and it’s been bobbling on our kitchen shelf providing us with fizzy kombucha for months by now. Until recently the assortment of kombucha has been quite limited in Denmark, hence my excitement when Læsk launched their first batch of kombucha earlier this year.
Læsk provides high-quality organic kombucha brewed and bottled by Line and Eric in Copenhagen, and their flavours come in three variations; a classic green tea & ginger, a summery green tea & elderflower, and a daring rooibos & espresso – a favourite of mine. Each ingredient is carefully selected based on quality and taste, and that’s why they press their own organic ginger juice, says Line, when we met at their small brewery.
Enough talk, Christmas is fast approaching, so let’s get mixin’:
Ginger Kombucha & Gin Holiday Cocktail
(yields 4 cocktails)
60 ml gin
60 ml simple lemon syrup (recipe below)
600 ml ginger kombucha (I used no. 1 from Læsk)
- Mix the gin, simple syrup and kombucha in a cocktail shaker. Divide evenly into 4 glasses.
- Add ice cubes and garnish with a lemon twist and a rosemary spring.
Holiday-spiced Simple Lemon Syrup
150 grams cane sugar
100 grams fresh lemon juice
50 grams water
Zest of 1 lemon
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
- Lightly crush the cinnamon sticks and star anise in a mortar.
- Combine all the ingredients into a small pot and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat off and let the liquid sit for 30 minutes under a lid.
- Pass the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve, and that’s it! Can be stored in the fridge.
A huge thanks to Læsk for sponsoring some of their incredibly delicious kombucha for this recipe! Check out their website for more info on kombucha and where to buy their products.
All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.