Welcome back to FTW’s Beverage of the Week series. Here, we mostly chronicle and review beers, but happily expand that scope to any beverage that pairs well with sports. Yes, even cookie dough whiskey.
When I did a tour of Fever-Tree’s fancy-pants mixers last month, I noted the ginger beer was far and away the star of the show (with a nod to the sparkling grapefruit). Fever-Tree must be acutely aware of this, because it expanded that beverage line out to a new flavor this fall: blood orange.
That’s … interesting. When it comes to ginger mixers I’ve well versed with lime and cranberry and other bitter citrus, but orange and ginger is a new one for me outside of chicken dishes. Fever-Tree already has a handful of lime-based mixers, so doing something that could easily translate to a one-step dark and stormy or Moscow mule seemed like the more logical progression.
But no, instead we’re gonna take those old classics and add a little more citrus and see what we get. I can understand it. Fever-Tree is fancy stuff, so you’d expect it to default to something a little more involved than rum and Coke. But I still used it in a couple two-step cocktails because I’m a lazy man and I’m not about to pretend to be fancy here. Y’all saw me drink out of a dog bowl last week, I won’t insult you by suggesting I’m zesting lemons or making shrubs over here.
Here are the basic drinks I made instead and how Fever-Tree’s Blood Orange Ginger Beer mixed with both.