Step into any trendy hot spot and you’ll likely see a bevy of ginger-infused cocktails on the menu. A staple in classics from the Dark and Stormy to the Moscow Mule, the knobby root has infinite uses behind the bar. “Not only is it delicious,” says Aaron Ranf, bar manager at Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon Wine Bar, “but it also packs a punch. It adds spice, warmth, and depth to any drink.”
It’s also incredibly versatile. “Ginger’s bite livens up liquor without overpowering it,” says Jordan Silbert, founder of craft soda company Q Drinks. “It complements vodka, rum, mezcal, gin, and whiskey, plus mixers, fresh fruits, and herbs without masking their natural flavors.”
No matter what kind of ginger you’ve got, here’s how to use it.