ginger cocktail

Gingerly Johnnie

Last Updated on August 26, 2022


Bacon and ginger make a sweet and smoky simple syrup for a charred-apple whiskey cocktail.  A sweet candied apple slice is the cherry…er, apple on top.


Gingerly Johnnie

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Protein: Pork
Cut: Bacon
Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Course: Beverages
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people


Bacon Ginger Simple Syrup - yield: 2 cups

  • 3 slices ButcherBox Bacon cooked until crispy, crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger minced
  • 1 c turbinado sugar
  • 1 c water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Gingerly Johnnie Cocktail

  • 2 slices Granny Smith apples lightly charred
  • 4 oz Bacon Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp ginger slices
  • 4 oz Johnnie Walker Red Label
  • splash of ginger ale

Candied Apple Garnish

  • 4 slices Red Delicious apple thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar


  • Mix all simple syrup ingredients in a sauce pot and simmer for 10 minutes, Strain and chill.
  • For the candied apple garnish, place apple on wire rack set in a baking sheet, top apple slices with brown sugar and broil until sugar is melted. Chill in freezer.
  • Place ginger slices, charred apple and Johnnie Walker in cocktail shaker and muddle.
  • Add simple syrup and ice to cocktail shaker, then shake vigorously.
  • Pour over crushed ice in serving glass and top with a splash of ginger ale. Garnish with candied apple. Cheers!
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Yankel Polak is the Head Chef at ButcherBox.