Sparkling Ginger Daisy


01 Mar Sparkling Ginger Daisy

Sometimes things fall together so smoothly you just know it’s meant to be.

Months ago, Diva on a Diet told me about Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur. Alas, it is unavailable in Ontario. So when I went to the Roger Smith Food Writer’s conference in New York, Diva kindly offered to bring me a bottle of this elusive liqueur when we met up for a meal. At the time, I had no idea what I would do with this unusual booze, but flirted with the idea of ginger cheesecake.

Enter Kara Newman, author of Spice & Ice: 60 Tongue-Tingling Cocktails. We met at the food writing conference, exchanged business cards, chatted about her book and when I got home? Kara invited me to her virtual cocktail party. As a gracious host, she provided a long list of intriguing cocktails. I wondered how I could choose among titles like Dragonfire Cocktail  (jalapeno-infused vodka or tequila, OJ), Blackberry-Poblano Margarita and Sangria Scorcher  (white wine, chile peppers, elderflower cordial). Then I saw Sparkling Ginger Daisy made with — you guessed it — Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur. Coincidence? I think not!

The drink is not-too-sweet, with a lovely bite. The unexpected pairing of gin and ginger works beautifully and the grenadine adds colour to an otherwise pale beverage. I’m not usually a champagne girl, but the added fizz is perfect in this cocktail. I can see Sparkling Ginger Daisies becoming a summertime drink I could like a little too much.

The Daisy won me over instantly, but shooting the picture proved challenging. I don’t have champagne flutes and all my wine glasses are etched from the dishwasher. The only mildly interesting stemware is a couple of kitschy pieces with hearts I picked up during a love-sick moment when Andrew and I had just started courting. How on earth would I tie those in with a story about ginger cocktails?

And on Friday night, my sister announced her engagement.

Coincidence? I think not!

So, here’s a toast to my sister and her fiance — who got engaged in Jamaica, namesake of the best ginger in the world.

Oh, this just gets better and better…

I’m exercising what little discipline I have by not leaving a mushy sentiment for the happy couple — which is quite a feat given the obvious metaphors provided by this spicy, effervescent drink. But given that I have already blubbered rivers of joyous tears and prematurely announced the news on Facebook (although in my defense I had permission), a schmaltzy blog note would come back to haunt me.

Non-family members, on the other hand, should feel free to leave a cocktail-inspired toast to my little sister. Coming from you, I bet she’d think it was sweet.

Sparkling Ginger Daisy

Yield: 1 drink

A daisy is a classic juice-based cocktail sweetened with grenadine or a red liqueur, and often topped with sparkling wine. Here, the bright spice of ginger plays against a backdrop of bubbles for a festive holiday sparkler. And if you feel like gilding the lily, try one or both of the optional special touches below.

  • 1 ounce Plymouth Gin
  • 1 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • Brut champagne

Combine gin, ginger liqueur, lemon juice and grenadine in an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir until well chilled, and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with champagne.

Optional touch #1:  If desired, rim the flute with sparkling sugar before pouring in the drink.

Optional touch #2:  Garnish with a cherry at the bottom of the flute.

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  • Stuart Wood
    Posted at 09:13h, 01 March Reply

    You could try subbing Canton for Stones Original Green Ginger Wine which you can find easily at the LCBO.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 08:55h, 02 March Reply

      @Stuart Wood, Interesting thought. Wonder if the ginger wine would mean I can omit the champagne?

      I emailed the LCBO and the liqueur isn’t available here. No one told me about the wine. Thanks for the heads up!

  • adrian
    Posted at 10:33h, 01 March Reply

    This is ticking a lot of boxes for me, Charmaine – I love ginger, gin and bubbly! But I’m always leery of using a good champagne in a cocktail – any recommendations for a dry, white, sparkling substitute? Prosecco?

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:01h, 02 March Reply

      @adrian, The ginger liqueur and gin are strongly flavoured so the subtleties of a really good champagne would be lost. I’d substitute any affordable, dry, sparkling white wine. I used Henkell Trocken (a gift from the holidays).

      • adrian
        Posted at 13:13h, 02 March Reply

        thanks for the tip, Charmian. I once read that the late Queen Mums favourite cocktail was gin and champagne. Bet she didn’t use Henkell…

  • The Diva on a Diet
    Posted at 10:45h, 01 March Reply

    I had a feeling you’d be making this one … and I’m so glad you did! It sounds fantastic and what a great initial use for the Canton. I will be trying this soon myself. Its lovely!

    How nicely synchronous that this festive drink coincides with your sister’s happy news. Congrats to her and all of you! :)

    Lastly, thanks so much for putting me in touch with Kara. I love her book and will probably drink my way through it! LOL
    .-= The Diva on a Diet´s last blog ..Candy Making 101: Orange and Lemon Creams =-.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:03h, 02 March Reply

      @The Diva on a Diet, you know me so well. But how could I have passed on this cocktail?

      When Kara told me about her virtual cocktail party, I knew you’d be a great fit. I just didn’t know which one you’d pick for Thirsty Thursday. Glad you liked the book as much as I suspected.

  • Suzy
    Posted at 11:07h, 01 March Reply

    Ooooo, this looks delicious! I love gin drinks so I’m always looking for something new.

    Congrats and best wishes to your sister!
    .-= Suzy´s last blog ..Barry’s Chocolate Cake =-.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:05h, 02 March Reply

      @Suzy, Thanks Suzy. This drink is definitely new and deliciously different. Kara’s done an amazing job creating cocktails that are innovative but not intimidating.

  • Dana McCauley
    Posted at 11:10h, 01 March Reply

    I know Kara! I didn’t know she had written a cocktail book though – I know her as a trendologist!

    How fun! The world is indeed a small place!

    Best to your sister! Now she’ll get some nice dishes for showers and such instead of just giving them to you as gifts.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:07h, 02 March Reply

      @Dana McCauley, I didn’t know Kara was a trendologist. Small world indeed!

      If I give my sister new dishes I wonder if she’ll start a blog and tell stories about me? Too frightening to think about!

  • Cheryl@5secondrule
    Posted at 16:35h, 01 March Reply

    A toast to (Robin? is that your sister’s name?) and her fiance (whose name I don’t know — help a girl out!):

    May the two of you enjoy a life filled with sweetness and spice, and moments of calm wonderment and effervescent luminance. Salud!
    .-= Cheryl@5secondrule´s last blog ..Gyoza =-.

  • lori
    Posted at 21:01h, 02 March Reply

    Oh joy!

  • Sophie
    Posted at 08:51h, 07 March Reply

    MMMMMMM,..what a lovely refreshing home made drink!!
    .-= Sophie´s last blog ..Delia’s jerusalem artichokes & carrot soup =-.

  • Francis
    Posted at 15:02h, 09 March Reply

    Ooooo! That sounds yummy! I love oh so love cocktails and trying new ones. This is a new one for me. I will try it out tonight! Thanks for sharing. :)
    .-= Francis´s last blog ..Chef Knife Sets =-.

  • Dug
    Posted at 07:21h, 24 July Reply

    Hmmm, gin, ginger and champagne, three of my favourite things. I absolutely have to try this. Just need to hunt down some ginger liqueur.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 13:20h, 24 July Reply

      @Dug, not sure where you’re located, but it couldn’t find ginger liqueur where I live. I had to bring a bottle back with me when I was in New York City (thanks to Diva on a Diet!)

      Not sure what I’ll do when it’s gone. Head back to NYC? Perhaps.

      • Dug
        Posted at 16:49h, 24 July Reply

        @Charmian Christie,
        I am in the UK.
        Use the power of the internet. I ordered my elderflower liqueur over the internet and it arrived the next day.

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